• COVID-19 cases, deaths
Allen County: Cases: 164. Deaths: 30. Updated 2 p.m. 5/15/20
Auglaize County: Cases: 54. Deaths: 3. Updated: 2 p.m. 5/15/20
Hardin County: Cases: 29. Deaths: 0. Updated: 2 p.m. 5/15/20
Putnam County: Cases: 80. Deaths: 13. Updated: 2 p.m. 5/15/20
Van Wert County: Cases: 3. Deaths: 0. Updated: 2 p.m. 5/15/20
Ohio: Cases: 26,357. Deaths: 1,534. Updated: 2 p.m. 5/15/20
• Auglaize County and Putnam County each reported three new cases and no new deaths from COVID-19 by 2 p.m. Friday.
• Allen County had no new deaths and no new cases.
• Hardin County’s cases went down one, as one suspected case turned out not to be COVID-19.
• There were 47 new deaths and 597 new cases in Ohio.
• Bowling Green State University said Friday it was dropping baseball, citing the financial strain due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The move would save $2 million, the school said.
The school will honor scholarship agreements through graduation and will assist student-athletes who want to transfer, he said.
Bowling Green’s move came one day after Akron, another member of the Mid-American Conference, dropped three sports because of fiscal hardship caused by the virus outbreak. Earlier this week, the MAC announced it is eliminating postseason tournaments in eight sports, including baseball and softball, to save money.
• Class A shooting ranges at Deer Creek, Grand River and Woodbury wildlife areas will reopen to the public on Thursday, May 21, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources Division of Wildlife. These three shooting ranges were initially closed in March 2020 as a safety precaution because of COVID-19 concerns.
Reservations are highly recommended to secure a preferred shooting time, as ranges will be operating at 50% capacity. The Division of Wildlife will accept reservations beginning Monday, May 18. Reservations can be made by calling from Monday to Wednesday from 8 a.m. to noon.
Masks are highly recommended to be worn at all times while using the range, in addition to proper eye and ear protection. Shooting benches will be disinfected regularly. Shooters are encouraged to bring a towel or blanket to protect firearms and equipment. Shooters should also plan to provide their own eye and ear protection, targets and target holders.
Unsupervised shotgun, pistol and rifle ranges, as well as archery ranges on state properties, also remain open. A shooting range permit is required to shoot at Class A (supervised rifle and pistol), Class B (unsupervised rifle and pistol) and Class C target ranges (unsupervised clay target shotgun). A shooting range permit is not required at Class D (unsupervised archery) or other ranges not classified by the Division of Wildlife (other fees or purchases may apply).
Purchase an annual or daily shooting range permit through the Division of Wildlife’s online store or any location where hunting and fishing licenses are sold. An annual permit costs $24 and a daily permit is $5. An annual shooting range permit and hunting license combo is available to Ohio residents for $29.12.
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