• COVID-19 cases, deaths
Allen County: Cases: 212. Deaths: 32. Updated 2 p.m. 5/29/20
Auglaize County: Cases: 71. Deaths: 3. Updated: 2 p.m. 5/29/20
Hardin County: Cases: 45. Deaths: 0. Updated: 2 p.m. 5/29/20
Putnam County: Cases: 90. Deaths: 14. Updated: 2 p.m. 5/29/20
Van Wert County: Cases: 6. Deaths: 0. Updated: 2 p.m. 5/29/20
Ohio: Cases: 34,566. Deaths: 2,131. Updated: 2 p.m. 5/29/20
• Coronavirus testing is coming soon to Lima on a drive-thru basis at the Bradfield Center. It will begin Monday, June 1 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. by appointment. To schedule a telehealth appointment with Health Partners of Western Ohio in Lima, which is required, call 419-549-5982 or 419-221-3072. Tests and telehealth visits will be billed to insurance or the COVID-19 relief fund. There will be no out-of-pocket expense.
• Ohio manufacturers will produce 750,000 isolation gowns for frontline workers, the Ohio Manufacturing Alliance said on Friday.
• Gov. Mike DeWine’s daily coronavirus briefings are being scaled back. The governor has less news to announce, now that the economy is reopening, although if the outbreak has another resurgence, he and Dr. Amy Acton will likely return to your TV screen every day.
• DeWine announced a broad new group of people will be allowed to be tested for the coronavirus. That could help Ohio’s testing rate per 100,000, which is ninth lowest in the country.
• DeWine also gave the go-ahead to junior county fair competitions this summer, including livestock shows, auctions and art exhibits, with a focus on youth programs including 4-H and FFA.
• Data from the Ohio Hospital Association says that early Thursday there were 812 coronavirus patients in reporting hospitals across the state, including 285 in intensive care units — marking the lowest numbers for both in more than a month. On April 20, for example, there were 1,087 COVID-19 patients, with 520 in ICU.
• DeWine mistakenly used a health pamphlet produced by the Church of Scientology at his May 21 briefing as an example of coronavirus literature that would be distributed to minority communities. DeWine’s office said an employee at the Department of Rehabilitation and Correction mistakenly put the booklet in DeWine’s example materials.
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