• COVID-19 cases, deaths
Allen County: Cases: 139. Deaths: 29. Updated 2 p.m. 5/8/20
Auglaize County: Cases: 42. Deaths: 3. Updated: 2 p.m. 5/8/20
Hardin County: Cases: 27. Deaths: 0. Updated: 2 p.m. 5/8/20
Putnam County: Cases: 73. Deaths: 13. Updated: 2 p.m. 5/8/20
Van Wert County: Cases: 3. Deaths: 0. Updated: 2 p.m. 5/8/20
Ohio: Cases: 21,576. Deaths: 1,225. Updated: 2 p.m. 5/8/20
TWO VIRUS DEATHS REPORTED
Two deaths attributed to COVID-19 were reported in the region for the 24-hour period ending at 2 p.m. Friday.
Allen County one new death from COVID-19 and one new case reported. The death was a 100-year-old female.
Putnam County had one new death and two new cases of the virus.
Auglaize County reported six new cases of the virus. Hardin County had one new case. Van Wert County had no new cases.
Overall, Ohio had 81 deaths and 1,440 new total cases.
• The Putnam County Courthouse will reopen with full staffing on Wednesday, May 13. Employees with underlying medical conditions may be allowed to work from home until May 29. The courthouse and county offices will be open to the public on Monday, May 18 with limited traffic and social distancing rules in place. Some offices may adopt a procedure of requiring appointments instead of walk-ins, so workers can disinfect between clients.
• Lima Senior announced it will use a drive-thru graduation program, with last names A through G at 6 p.m. Friday, May 22; H through M at 10 a.m. Saturday, May 23; and N through Z noon Saturday, May 23.
• Organizers report the St Joseph Parish Fourth of July festival’s main events have been canceled for 2020. The Grand Sizzler drawing and BBQ chicken dinners will still take place. The committee has not yet decided the fate of the evening fireworks display. This information will be shared with the community as soon as the decision is made.
• The parent company of the Lima Mall has announced plans to honor the graduates of 2020 through special opportunities throughout the summer. Washington Prime Group, in partnership with Vervantis, Inc. and Lewis Sign, is sponsoring a digital graduation cap photo contest called #ScholarSpree. High school and college graduates from the class of 2020 are invited to decorate the top of their graduation cap, or submit a creative graduation photo, and then share their entry on social media for a chance to win cash prizes to spend at any Washington Prime Group property nationwide. The prize money is intended to help graduates prepare for their next steps after graduation.
• Grand Lake Health System will offer in-person urgent care services by appointment at Joint Township District Memorial Hospital from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday through Sunday, starting May 11.
Virtual urgent care visits are also available from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. and 1 p.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Friday, and again from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekends.
Call the hospital’s emergency department at 419-394-3387 ext. 3539 to schedule an appointment. If you are experiencing COVID-19 related symptoms, call a primary care provider or the emergency department at 419-394-9508 prior to arrival.
• The IHOP restaurant on Elida Road in Lima has opened its doors and is now available for carry-out orders from 7 a.m. - 7 p.m. daily.
• The Miss America Organization announced December’s Miss America 2021 competition will be postponed until next year.
• KAM Manufacturing has returned to work in Van Wert to produce isolation gowns and personal face masks after the cut-and-sew manufacturer was accepted into Ohio’s manufacturing alliance group, a registry of manufacturers capable of producing personal protective equipment.
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