Today’s latest updates on the coronavirus pandemic


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Hotline

• Lima hospitals established a Community Call Center at 419-226-9000. Residents are urged to call that number before visiting a health care provider or an emergency room. Hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. seven days a week.

• Call the Ohio Department of Health’s public COVID-19 hotline: 833-4-ASK-ODH. The hotline will be open from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., seven days a week.

Masks

• The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommend wearing face coverings in public settings while using social distancing measures. Simple cloth face coverings slow the spread of the virus. Surgical masks and N-95 respirators aren’t appropriate for everyday use and should be reserved for healthcare workers and first responders.

Symptoms of respiratory illness

COVID-19:

• Fever

• Cough

• Trouble breathing

• Chills, with shaking

• Muscle pain

• Headache

• Sore throat

• New loss of taste or smell

• Starts about 2 to 14 days after exposure

Influenza:

• Sudden onset

• Fever (sometimes)

• Cough

• Sore throat

• Runny or stuffy nose

• Muscle or body aches

• Headaches

• Fatigue

• Vomiting and diarrhea (mainly in children)

Common cold:

• Slight aches and fatigue

• Sneezing

• Chest discomfort, cough

• Runny or stuffy nose

• Sore throat

What if I have symptoms?

• Call your doctor. The medical team will need to ask you questions about your symptoms and travel history. Do not visit the doctor’s office without calling ahead, as the doctor may not want you to come in and potentially expose others.

• Monitor yourself closely, especially if you get worse instead of better. If you are having trouble breathing, have persistent pain or pressure in your chest, have new confusion or have bluish lips or face, call your doctor.

• If you have symptoms and have a regular scheduled doctor appointment, call before going. Put on a mask before entering the office.

• If COVID-19 is suspected, ask your doctor to report your case to the local health department or the Ohio Department of Health.

What if I am sick?

• Stay home. Do not go to work, school or the store. Avoid public areas. Do not use public transportation. Stay away from the public until you’re told by your doctor it’s safe.

• Set up a sick room. Rest in a room separate from others in the household. Use a separate bathroom, if available.

• Limit contact with pets. Keep the family pet out of the sick room, or have someone else do your farm chores. If you must care for your animals, wash your hands before and after and wear a mask. There are no reports of animals becoming sick with COVID-19, but more information is needed.

Should I wear a mask?

• The CDC recommends wearing a mask if you’re in a public space. Home-sewn masks are suggested for the general public, to keep medical supplies going to those in healthcare.

• If you are sick, wear a mask to contain your coughs if you must be around others. Put it on before a person caring for you enters the sick room.

• If you are caring for someone who is sick, and that person cannot wear a mask for any reason, you should wear a mask when visiting the sick room. Stay 6 feet away from them, and do not linger.

General household tips

• Do not share dishes, towels or bedding with anyone who is sick.

• Clean and disinfect the things you touch often, like doorknobs, bathroom fixtures and phones. Clean up bodily fluids quickly and thoroughly.

Does it have a season, like flu?

• It is unknown if the beginning of warmer temperatures will have an effect on slowing down the spread of this virus.

The following will not kill/prevent this virus:

• Hot baths, hand dryers, UV lamps, alcohol or chlorine all over your body, pneumonia or flu vaccine, nose saline sprays, eating garlic, antibiotics.

To file an unemployment claim:

• Visit unemployment.ohio.gov or call 1-877-644-6562. To reset your PIN, call 1-866-962-4064. Call center hours for PIN resets and initial applications have been expanded to 7 a.m. through 7 p.m. weekdays, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sundays. Regular call center hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

• 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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See more local coverage about COVID-19 at LimaOhio.com/tag/coronavirus.

Hotline

• Lima hospitals established a Community Call Center at 419-226-9000. Residents are urged to call that number before visiting a health care provider or an emergency room. Hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. seven days a week.

• Call the Ohio Department of Health’s public COVID-19 hotline: 833-4-ASK-ODH. The hotline will be open from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., seven days a week.

Masks

• The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommend wearing face coverings in public settings while using social distancing measures. Simple cloth face coverings slow the spread of the virus. Surgical masks and N-95 respirators aren’t appropriate for everyday use and should be reserved for healthcare workers and first responders.

Symptoms of respiratory illness

COVID-19:

• Fever

• Cough

• Trouble breathing

• Chills, with shaking

• Muscle pain

• Headache

• Sore throat

• New loss of taste or smell

• Starts about 2 to 14 days after exposure

Influenza:

• Sudden onset

• Fever (sometimes)

• Cough

• Sore throat

• Runny or stuffy nose

• Muscle or body aches

• Headaches

• Fatigue

• Vomiting and diarrhea (mainly in children)

Common cold:

• Slight aches and fatigue

• Sneezing

• Chest discomfort, cough

• Runny or stuffy nose

• Sore throat

What if I have symptoms?

• Call your doctor. The medical team will need to ask you questions about your symptoms and travel history. Do not visit the doctor’s office without calling ahead, as the doctor may not want you to come in and potentially expose others.

• Monitor yourself closely, especially if you get worse instead of better. If you are having trouble breathing, have persistent pain or pressure in your chest, have new confusion or have bluish lips or face, call your doctor.

• If you have symptoms and have a regular scheduled doctor appointment, call before going. Put on a mask before entering the office.

• If COVID-19 is suspected, ask your doctor to report your case to the local health department or the Ohio Department of Health.

What if I am sick?

• Stay home. Do not go to work, school or the store. Avoid public areas. Do not use public transportation. Stay away from the public until you’re told by your doctor it’s safe.

• Set up a sick room. Rest in a room separate from others in the household. Use a separate bathroom, if available.

• Limit contact with pets. Keep the family pet out of the sick room, or have someone else do your farm chores. If you must care for your animals, wash your hands before and after and wear a mask. There are no reports of animals becoming sick with COVID-19, but more information is needed.

Should I wear a mask?

• The CDC recommends wearing a mask if you’re in a public space. Home-sewn masks are suggested for the general public, to keep medical supplies going to those in healthcare.

• If you are sick, wear a mask to contain your coughs if you must be around others. Put it on before a person caring for you enters the sick room.

• If you are caring for someone who is sick, and that person cannot wear a mask for any reason, you should wear a mask when visiting the sick room. Stay 6 feet away from them, and do not linger.

General household tips

• Do not share dishes, towels or bedding with anyone who is sick.

• Clean and disinfect the things you touch often, like doorknobs, bathroom fixtures and phones. Clean up bodily fluids quickly and thoroughly.

Does it have a season, like flu?

• It is unknown if the beginning of warmer temperatures will have an effect on slowing down the spread of this virus.

The following will not kill/prevent this virus:

• Hot baths, hand dryers, UV lamps, alcohol or chlorine all over your body, pneumonia or flu vaccine, nose saline sprays, eating garlic, antibiotics.

To file an unemployment claim:

• Visit unemployment.ohio.gov or call 1-877-644-6562. To reset your PIN, call 1-866-962-4064. Call center hours for PIN resets and initial applications have been expanded to 7 a.m. through 7 p.m. weekdays, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sundays. Regular call center hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

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