• COVID-19 cases, deaths
Allen County: Cases: 171. Deaths: 30. Updated 2 p.m. 5/19/20
Auglaize County: Cases: 57. Deaths: 3. Updated: 2 p.m. 5/19/20
Hardin County: Cases: 30. Deaths: 0. Updated: 2 p.m. 5/19/20
Putnam County: Cases: 84. Deaths: 13. Updated: 2 p.m. 5/19/20
Van Wert County: Cases: 5. Deaths: 0. Updated: 2 p.m. 5/19/20
Ohio: Cases: 28,952. Deaths: 1,720. Updated: 2 p.m. 5/19/20
• Allen County had four new cases and no new deaths attributed to COVID-19 by 2 p.m. Tuesday.
• Auglaize County reported one new case.
• There were no new cases in Hardin County, Putnam County and Van Wert County.
• Ohio had 63 new deaths and 498 new cases.
• Gov. Mike DeWine offered a “revision” of the “Safe at Home” order, changing its name to “Urgent Health Advisory: Ohioans Protecting Ohioans.” He credited Ohioans for not flooding hospitals with COVID-19 cases, and the number of people an average person infected was down to one per person.
• The original stay-at-home order had exceptions for people to leave home. The new “strong recommendations” are a “new phase in the fight against this virus,” DeWine said. It includes 6 feet of social distancing, a 10-person limit for groups and sanitation requirements. Employees must continue to wear masks, with customers recommended to wear masks.
• DeWine lifted the ban on unnecessary travel outside the state. He said it’s “permitted but not encouraged” for people who appear to be healthy. There previously was a 14-day self-quarantine for anyone who returned to the state, aside from people living or working near the borders.
• People without medical concerns that make them vulnerable are still being asked to be considerate. The advisory recommends but doesn’t require that people stay home when possible to lower the rate. He warned people could be “unknowingly” spreading the virus.
• The Bureau of Workers Compensation plans to distribute 2 million face coverings to BWC members to help members’ employees. They’ll ship on May 20, are based on the current budget and won’t result in a premium change.
• The Bureau of Motor Vehicle offices throughout the state will reopen Tuesday, May 26. Lt. Gov. Jon Husted reminded Ohioans that most things you need from the BMV can be handled online. Driver’s licenses and license plates aren’t expired, as dates were extended through the emergency.
• Blanchard Valley Health System, including Bluffton Hospital, is now testing all incoming patients for COVID-19 prior to scheduled surgeries and procedures. The health system is also offering antibody testing and has been approved to participate in the Mayo Clinic’s convalescent plasma trial, which uses the blood plasma from recovered COVID-19 patients as an experimental treatment for the disease.
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