• COVID-19 cases, deaths
Allen County: Cases: 176. Deaths: 31. Updated 2 p.m. 5/21/20
Auglaize County: Cases: 55. Deaths: 3. Updated: 2 p.m. 5/21/20
Hardin County: Cases: 33. Deaths: 0. Updated: 2 p.m. 5/21/20
Putnam County: Cases: 84. Deaths: 13. Updated: 2 p.m. 5/21/20
Van Wert County: Cases: 5. Deaths: 0. Updated: 2 p.m. 5/21/20
Ohio: Cases: 30,167. Deaths: 1,836. Updated: 2 p.m. 5/21/20
ONE NEW COVID-19 DEATH IN REGION
Allen County had one new death attributed to COVID-19 and four new cases by 2 p.m. Thursday, according to statistics from the Ohio Department of Health.
The deceased person was a man in his 70s, according to Allen County Public Health. It was the first new death reportedly caused by the virus since May 12.
Ohio’s number of total confirmed and probable cases climbed above 30,000 for the first time, up 1,993 from Wednesday’s numbers. The number of deaths climbed by 55.
Of Allen County’s 31 deaths, 21 have been female, and 10 have been males. Only one of the females and one of the males were under the age of 70.
Allen County also had four new total cases reported.
Auglaize County had two fewer total cases, as two suspected cases proved to not be COVID-19.
Hardin County reported three new total cases. Van Wert County reported one new case.
The number of cases and deaths in Putnam County remained steady.
• The Ohio Expositions Commission announced the Ohio State Fair won’t take place in 2020.
• Skills training facilities for all sports, miniature golf, batting cages and bowling alleys can all open May 26. Contact sports can also train but still may not have tournaments, games or competitions yet.
• Catering and banquet halls can open June 1, with a crowd size limited to 300. They must follow guidelines similar to restaurants, with 6 feet between tables and no congregating.
• The state will direct $1 million in grants to provide mental health and addiction services for “hard-to-reach individuals” in Ohio.
• The state committed to hiring public health workers at the state and local level who represent the make-up on their communities better, in light of a disproportionate impact of the virus on people of color in Ohio. African-Americans make up 26% of people testing positive for the virus but 13 to 14% of the state’s population. The state also created a high-level position at the Department of Heath, the Deputy Director of Social Determinants of Health and Opportunity.
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