• COVID-19 cases, deaths
Allen County: Cases: 206. Deaths: 32. Updated 2 p.m. 5/28/20
Auglaize County: Cases: 65. Deaths: 3. Updated: 2 p.m. 5/28/20
Hardin County: Cases: 42. Deaths: 0. Updated: 2 p.m. 5/28/20
Putnam County: Cases: 88. Deaths: 14. Updated: 2 p.m. 5/28/20
Van Wert County: Cases: 6. Deaths: 0. Updated: 2 p.m. 5/28/20
Ohio: Cases: 33,915. Deaths: 2,098. Updated: 2 p.m. 5/28/20
• Allen County has five new cases but no new deaths reported by 2 p.m. Thursday by the Ohio Department of Health.
• Auglaize County, Hardin County and Putnam County had one new case with no new deaths.
• Van Wert County had no new cases.
• Ohio has 54 new deaths and 476 new cases.
• A task force determined junior fair competitions could be held if the local fair board works out details with the local health department. It could include livestock and non-livestock events, such as projects. The guidelines were released Thursday, if they ensure social distancing and limiting of crowds.
• Gov. Mike DeWine announced outdoor visitations will be permitted starting June 8 at intermediate care facilities for individuals with developmental disabilities and assisted living facilities. Dates haven’t been set yet for nursing homes. Facilities can set their own rules for how to schedule implement the visitations.
• Ohio will begin listing where tests can be taken at pharmacies on its website, Gov. Mike DeWine announced.
• The state expanded the allowable criteria for testing facilities, adding a fourth category for individuals having symptoms of COVID-19.
• The Bureau of Workers Compensation deferred payments for the months of June, July and August.
• The state’s updated its list of long-term care facilities’ cases. There were six new cases affecting residents in nursing homes in Allen County and one new staff case.
• Mennonite Memorial Home in Bluffton saw three new resident cases and one new staff case, putting it up to 33 cumulative resident cases and 10 cumulative staff cases.
• Roselawn Manor in Spencerville reported two new staff cases, up to four total, with no staff cases.
• The Springs of Lima reported a new resident case, up to two cumulative cases, and no staff cases.
• Auglaize County saw six new cases in residents of long-term care facilities and four new staff cases.
• Otterbein-St. Marys had four new resident cases in its assisted living (seven cumulative cases) and two new staff cases (two total). Its intermediate care facility had one new resident case.
• Cridersville Healthcare Center reported its first resident case, with no staff cases.
• Hardin County had its first four nursing home cases, all at Kenton Nursing Rehabilitation Center, along with seven staff cases.
• Meadows of Leipsic in Putnam County had one new resident case, putting its total at seven resident cases. There were no new cases at the nursing home there, which has 41 cumulative cases.
• Lima Memorial Health System eased its visitation policy, effective 9 a.m. Friday, May 29. There can be one visitor per day for inpatient, emergency room patients and patients undergoing surgical, cardiac catheterization or interventional radiology. Visitors must 16 years or older, healthy and subject to a temperature screening. Visitors must wear a cloth mask at all times. They can visit through the main visitor entrance, with ER visitors through the emergency center. Visitation hours will be 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. “This policy was designed to protect the health and safety of our patients, visitors, associates and community while also promoting our patients’ recovery through family involvement and support,” Mike Swick, president & CEO of Lima Memorial Health System, said in a press release.
• Mercy Health-St. Rita’s Medical Center has eased some of its visitor restrictions, allowing one visitor per day for each patient in the hospital and emergency department. Pediatric patents and patients in the hospital’s labor and delivery department will also continue to have one visitor per day. Special exceptions will be made for end of life and other extenuating circumstances. Visitation hours are from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.; all visitors must be at least 15 years old.
Visitors will have their temperature checked at the door and must wear a mask while inside the hospital.
Visitors wishing to see a COVID-19 patient may do so via Skype or virtual call.
• Paulding Putnam Electric cooperative is putting up inspirational billboards and launching a “Good News Dashboard” to highlight positive stories and share hope during the pandemic.
• The Bluffton Public Library will debut curbside pickup service on Monday, June 1. Curbside pickup is available with an appointment 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday via blufftonpubliclibrary.com/curbside-pickup or by calling 419-358-5016. People can pick up items on hold already, or they can place an item on hold through the website. Patrons may also ask library staff to browse and choose items for them. Returns are available any time through the outdoor book drop only.
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