• COVID-19 cases, deaths
Allen County: Cases: 144. Deaths: 29. Updated 2 p.m. 5/9/20
Auglaize County: Cases: 42. Deaths: 3. Updated: 2 p.m. 5/9/20
Hardin County: Cases: 27. Deaths: 0. Updated: 2 p.m. 5/9/20
Putnam County: Cases: 76. Deaths: 13. Updated: 2 p.m. 5/9/20
Van Wert County: Cases: 3. Deaths: 0. Updated: 2 p.m. 5/9/20
Ohio: Cases: 23,697. Deaths: 1,331. Updated: 2 p.m. 5/9/20
NO ADDITIONAL VIRUS DEATHS REPORTED
Allen County did report five new cases of the virus.
Putnam County reported three additional cases of COVID-19.
Overall, Ohio had 106 new deaths and 2,121 new total cases.
• Star Spangled Spectacular, Lima’s July 4 celebration, is taking a different form this year. A letter sent to vendors from James Bourk, concessions chair, states the committee in late April decided to cancel all events included in the festival except for the fireworks. Fireworks can be viewed at a distance instead of in the park to be in compliance with state recommendations against large crowds. The letter further states the event itself could be canceled, based on state recommendations, closer to the event date.
• Roy Horn of Siegfried & Roy, the duo whose extraordinary magic tricks astonished millions until Horn was critically injured in 2003 by one of the act’s famed white tigers, has died. He was 75.
Horn died of complications from the coronavirus on Friday in a Las Vegas hospital, according to a statement released by publicist Dave Kirvin.
He was injured in October 2003 when a tiger named Montecore attacked him on stage at the Mirage hotel-casino in Las Vegas. The darker-haired of the flashy duo, Horn was credited with the idea of introducing an exotic animal — his pet cheetah — to the magic act.
• Ohio horse owners, track operators and other associated with the industry petitioned Gov. Mike DeWine this week to allow harness racing to restart by May 15, even with empty stands. Those who earn their paychecks caring for the animals are in need. Industry advocates say races could be viewed online or on TV and point to Kentucky, Florida, California and Arkansas running thoroughbred races without an audience.
• Several big outdoor events canceled around the state. In Columbus, Red, White & Boom will provide “a multi-day television and digital event” of past parades. Taste of Cincinnati was moved from Memorial Day weekend, then to July 3-5 and now will be postponed again. Fourth of July fireworks and summer concerts in downtown Toledo are also canceled.
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