• COVID-19 cases, deaths
Allen County: Cases: 172. Deaths: 30. Updated 2 p.m. 5/20/20
Auglaize County: Cases: 57. Deaths: 3. Updated: 2 p.m. 5/20/20
Hardin County: Cases: 30. Deaths: 0. Updated: 2 p.m. 5/20/20
Putnam County: Cases: 84. Deaths: 13. Updated: 2 p.m. 5/20/20
Van Wert County: Cases: 4. Deaths: 0. Updated: 2 p.m. 5/20/20
Ohio: Cases: 29,436. Deaths: 1,781. Updated: 2 p.m. 5/20/20
• Allen County has one new case and no new deaths attributed to COVID-19 as of 2 p.m. Thursday.
• Auglaize County, Hardin County and Putnam County had no new cases or deaths.
• Van Wert County’s cases went down one, as one suspected case proved not to be COVID-19.
• Ohio had 61 deaths and 484 new cases.
• Officials announced Lima’s Star Spangled Spectacular will not take place July 4.
• Putnam County Community Thrift Store has reopened from noon to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays.
The store is asking customers to assess their health and consider wearing a face mask before entering. Only 12 customers will be allowed inside the store at once, and no children under 15 will be allowed at this time. The food pantry remains closed.
• Walmart is combining its grocery and retail mobile apps due to high demand for delivery and curbside pickup services, allowing customers to reserve no-contact pickup or delivery times, request express delivery and refill their prescriptions through drive-thru, curbside pickup or mail delivery.
• The Johnny Appleseed Metropolitan Park District will be reopening the campground at Ottawa Metro Park beginning noon Wednesday, May 27, to registered campers only. Group size will be limited to 10 and all campers are asked to maintain social distancing and all other rules and signage.
• Ohio’s decision to shut down gyms and fitness centers was “arbitrary, unreasonable and oppressive,” a judge ruled Wednesday in a largely symbolic finding that nevertheless underscored an ongoing debate over the state’s response to the pandemic. The nine-page ruling by Lake County Court Judge Eugene Lucci applies only to gyms in that northeastern Ohio county. Meanwhile, gyms are set to reopen May 26 under an updated order announced last week by Republican Gov. Mike DeWine.
• Cleveland’s zoo welcomed back visitors on Wednesday for the first time in two months, allowing them to get a glimpse of the tigers and bears by car. Cruise the Zoo will be open on Wednesdays through Sundays until the end of May. Visitors must stay in their cars while they drive around the zoo. Reservations are required and limited to control the number of vehicles.
• A federal judge has ruled that Ohio must allow groups pursuing voting law changes, a minimum wage increase and marijuana decriminalization more time and flexibility to qualify for ballots amid the coronavirus pandemic.
U.S. District Court Judge Edmund Sargus Jr.’s ruling Tuesday ordered the state to allow campaigns until July 31 to gather required signatures and to allow them to be collected electronically. He stopped short of reducing the number of signatures required, as some courts elsewhere have allowed amid a spate of COVID-19-related signature-gathering challenges.
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