Today’s latest updates on the coronavirus pandemic


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Hotline

• Lima hospitals established a Community Call Center at 419-226-9000. Residents are urged to call that number before visiting a health care provider or an emergency room. Hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. seven days a week.

• Call the Ohio Department of Health’s public COVID-19 hotline: 833-4-ASK-ODH. The hotline will be open from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., seven days a week.

Masks

• The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommend wearing face coverings in public settings while using social distancing measures. Simple cloth face coverings slow the spread of the virus. Surgical masks and N-95 respirators aren’t appropriate for everyday use and should be reserved for healthcare workers and first responders.

Symptoms of respiratory illness

COVID-19:

• Fever

• Cough

• Trouble breathing

• Chills, with shaking

• Muscle pain

• Headache

• Sore throat

• New loss of taste or smell

• Starts about 2 to 14 days after exposure

Influenza:

• Sudden onset

• Fever (sometimes)

• Cough

• Sore throat

• Runny or stuffy nose

• Muscle or body aches

• Headaches

• Fatigue

• Vomiting and diarrhea (mainly in children)

Common cold:

• Slight aches and fatigue

• Sneezing

• Chest discomfort, cough

• Runny or stuffy nose

• Sore throat

What if I have symptoms?

• Call your doctor. The medical team will need to ask you questions about your symptoms and travel history. Do not visit the doctor’s office without calling ahead, as the doctor may not want you to come in and potentially expose others.

• Monitor yourself closely, especially if you get worse instead of better. If you are having trouble breathing, have persistent pain or pressure in your chest, have new confusion or have bluish lips or face, call your doctor.

• If you have symptoms and have a regular scheduled doctor appointment, call before going. Put on a mask before entering the office.

• If COVID-19 is suspected, ask your doctor to report your case to the local health department or the Ohio Department of Health.

What if I am sick?

• Stay home. Do not go to work, school or the store. Avoid public areas. Do not use public transportation. Stay away from the public until you’re told by your doctor it’s safe.

• Set up a sick room. Rest in a room separate from others in the household. Use a separate bathroom, if available.

• Limit contact with pets. Keep the family pet out of the sick room, or have someone else do your farm chores. If you must care for your animals, wash your hands before and after and wear a mask. There are no reports of animals becoming sick with COVID-19, but more information is needed.

Should I wear a mask?

• The CDC recommends wearing a mask if you’re in a public space. Home-sewn masks are suggested for the general public, to keep medical supplies going to those in healthcare.

• If you are sick, wear a mask to contain your coughs if you must be around others. Put it on before a person caring for you enters the sick room.

• If you are caring for someone who is sick, and that person cannot wear a mask for any reason, you should wear a mask when visiting the sick room. Stay 6 feet away from them, and do not linger.

General household tips

• Do not share dishes, towels or bedding with anyone who is sick.

• Clean and disinfect the things you touch often, like doorknobs, bathroom fixtures and phones. Clean up bodily fluids quickly and thoroughly.

Does it have a season, like flu?

• It is unknown if the beginning of warmer temperatures will have an effect on slowing down the spread of this virus.

The following will not kill/prevent this virus:

• Hot baths, hand dryers, UV lamps, alcohol or chlorine all over your body, pneumonia or flu vaccine, nose saline sprays, eating garlic, antibiotics.

To file an unemployment claim:

• Visit unemployment.ohio.gov or call 1-877-644-6562. To reset your PIN, call 1-866-962-4064. Call center hours for PIN resets and initial applications have been expanded to 7 a.m. through 7 p.m. weekdays, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sundays. Regular call center hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

• COVID-19 cases, deaths

Allen County: Cases: 164. Deaths: 30. Updated 2 p.m. 5/14/20

Auglaize County: Cases: 51. Deaths: 3. Updated: 2 p.m. 5/14/20

Hardin County: Cases: 30. Deaths: 0. Updated: 2 p.m. 5/14/20

Putnam County: Cases: 77. Deaths: 13. Updated: 2 p.m. 5/14/20

Van Wert County: Cases: 3. Deaths: 0. Updated: 2 p.m. 5/14/20

Ohio: Cases: 26,357. Deaths: 1,534. Updated: 2 p.m. 5/14/20

• Gov. Mike DeWine announced daycare plans to protect children, workers and their families. “We want to have the safest childcare system in the nation,” DeWine said. Childcare will look different, he said.

• On May 31, childcare providers in Ohio can reopen with a reduced number of children per classroom and intensified cleaning of classrooms. Caretakers will wear masks, and daily temperature-taking will be routine. Preschool and school-aged children limits will be nine per classroom, with six per classroom for infants and toddlers. Field trips will be halted, but there will be playground and outdoor activities. There will be multiple times of washing hands, including on the way in and out of the childcare centers.

• Ohio will use $60 million of federal CARES Act funding to help providers pay for additional cleaning and additional staff on the smaller class sizes.

• Day camps may also reopen May 31. Ratios will be released on these camps by the end of the day Friday.

• Bureau of Motor Vehicle offices can begin opening on May 26. Online services remain available for vehicle registration, vehicle plate replacement, scheduling driving tests and paying reinstatement fees at oplates.com. There are still extensions on licenses and registrations in effect.

• Campgrounds can open completely on May 21. They’ll have to meet some requirements for campgrounds and campers for cleaning commonly used areas.

• Gyms and fitness centers can reopen May 26. Additional guidance will be available online late Thursday.

• Non-contact or limited-contact sports (golf, softball, tennis, etc.,) can reopen May 26. Information on lacrosse, hockey, soccer, and basketball information will be coming soon. General guidance on other sports will also be available.

• Swimming pools regulated by local health departments can reopen on May 26. The CDC says there’s no evidence the virus spreads in water. Water parks and amusement parks aren’t included in that opening date.

• Horse racing can resume May 22. Spectators will be prohibited at first. It doesn’t mean casinos or racinos can open though.

• Allen County had nine new cases of COVID-19 and no new deaths in the 24-hour period ending at 2 p.m. Thursday.

• Auglaize County had four new cases and no deaths reported.

• Hardin County had one new case and no deaths reported.

• Putnam County and Van Wert County had no new cases or deaths reported.

• Ohio has 51 new deaths and 636 news cases.

• The state released case information Thursday in long-term care facilities. Allen County had 11 new resident cases and one new staff case over the past week. Auglaize County had two new resident cases and three new staff cases.

• Meijer announced it will expand its hours starting Friday, May 15. Stores will open 6 a.m. to midnight. Shopping times for senior citizens and customers with chronic health conditions will be 6 to 8 a.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, with pharmacies open at 7 a.m. those days. Hours for medical workers, first responders and law enforcement will be 6 to 8 a.m. Mondays and Wednesdays, with pharmacies open at 7 a.m. those days. Convenience stores will open from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m., with pay-at-the-pump fuel sales available 24 hours a day.

• CareCore at Lima had four new resident cases, giving it 27 total resident cases, no new staff cases and 10 total staff cases.

• Mennonite Memorial Home in Bluffton has four new resident cases, 29 cumulative resident cases, one current staff case and six cumulative staff cases.

• Liberty Nursing Centers of Lima had one new resident case, two total cases, no current staff cases and three total staff cases.

• Lima Convalescent Home has no new or total resident cases, no new staff cases and one cumulative staff case.

• Lima Manor has one cumulative resident case and no current or cumulative staff cases.

• Roselawn Manor in Spencerville has two current resident cases, two cumulative resident cases and no new or cumulative staff cases.

• The Meadows of Delphos has no resident cases, no new staff cases and one cumulative staff case.

• The Springs of Lima has no new resident cases, one cumulative resident cases and no current or cumulative staff cases.

• Otterbein-Cridersville has no new resident cases, five cumulative resident cases, three current staff cases and six cumulative staff cases.

• Otterbein-St. Marys has two new resident cases, three cumulative resident cases and no new or cumulative staff cases.

• The Meadows of Leipsic’s assisted living had two new resident cases, six cumulative resident cases and no current or cumulative staff. The nursing home had no new cases, 41 cumulative cases, no new staff cases and 11 cumulative staff cases.

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See more local coverage about COVID-19 at LimaOhio.com/tag/coronavirus.

Hotline

• Lima hospitals established a Community Call Center at 419-226-9000. Residents are urged to call that number before visiting a health care provider or an emergency room. Hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. seven days a week.

• Call the Ohio Department of Health’s public COVID-19 hotline: 833-4-ASK-ODH. The hotline will be open from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., seven days a week.

Masks

• The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommend wearing face coverings in public settings while using social distancing measures. Simple cloth face coverings slow the spread of the virus. Surgical masks and N-95 respirators aren’t appropriate for everyday use and should be reserved for healthcare workers and first responders.

Symptoms of respiratory illness

COVID-19:

• Fever

• Cough

• Trouble breathing

• Chills, with shaking

• Muscle pain

• Headache

• Sore throat

• New loss of taste or smell

• Starts about 2 to 14 days after exposure

Influenza:

• Sudden onset

• Fever (sometimes)

• Cough

• Sore throat

• Runny or stuffy nose

• Muscle or body aches

• Headaches

• Fatigue

• Vomiting and diarrhea (mainly in children)

Common cold:

• Slight aches and fatigue

• Sneezing

• Chest discomfort, cough

• Runny or stuffy nose

• Sore throat

What if I have symptoms?

• Call your doctor. The medical team will need to ask you questions about your symptoms and travel history. Do not visit the doctor’s office without calling ahead, as the doctor may not want you to come in and potentially expose others.

• Monitor yourself closely, especially if you get worse instead of better. If you are having trouble breathing, have persistent pain or pressure in your chest, have new confusion or have bluish lips or face, call your doctor.

• If you have symptoms and have a regular scheduled doctor appointment, call before going. Put on a mask before entering the office.

• If COVID-19 is suspected, ask your doctor to report your case to the local health department or the Ohio Department of Health.

What if I am sick?

• Stay home. Do not go to work, school or the store. Avoid public areas. Do not use public transportation. Stay away from the public until you’re told by your doctor it’s safe.

• Set up a sick room. Rest in a room separate from others in the household. Use a separate bathroom, if available.

• Limit contact with pets. Keep the family pet out of the sick room, or have someone else do your farm chores. If you must care for your animals, wash your hands before and after and wear a mask. There are no reports of animals becoming sick with COVID-19, but more information is needed.

Should I wear a mask?

• The CDC recommends wearing a mask if you’re in a public space. Home-sewn masks are suggested for the general public, to keep medical supplies going to those in healthcare.

• If you are sick, wear a mask to contain your coughs if you must be around others. Put it on before a person caring for you enters the sick room.

• If you are caring for someone who is sick, and that person cannot wear a mask for any reason, you should wear a mask when visiting the sick room. Stay 6 feet away from them, and do not linger.

General household tips

• Do not share dishes, towels or bedding with anyone who is sick.

• Clean and disinfect the things you touch often, like doorknobs, bathroom fixtures and phones. Clean up bodily fluids quickly and thoroughly.

Does it have a season, like flu?

• It is unknown if the beginning of warmer temperatures will have an effect on slowing down the spread of this virus.

The following will not kill/prevent this virus:

• Hot baths, hand dryers, UV lamps, alcohol or chlorine all over your body, pneumonia or flu vaccine, nose saline sprays, eating garlic, antibiotics.

To file an unemployment claim:

• Visit unemployment.ohio.gov or call 1-877-644-6562. To reset your PIN, call 1-866-962-4064. Call center hours for PIN resets and initial applications have been expanded to 7 a.m. through 7 p.m. weekdays, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sundays. Regular call center hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

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