• COVID-19 cases, deaths
Allen County: Cases: 328. Deaths: 41. Updated 2 p.m. 7/8/20
Auglaize County: Cases: 112. Deaths: 4. Updated 2 p.m. 7/9/20
Hardin County: Cases: 124. Deaths: 12. Updated 3 p.m. 7/9/20
Putnam County: Cases: 132. Deaths: 15. Updated 2 p.m. 7/8/20
Van Wert County: Cases: 42 Deaths: 1. Updated 4 p.m. 7/9/20
Ohio: Cases: 61,331. Confirmed and Probable Deaths: 3,006. Updated 2 p.m. 7/9/20
AREA COUNTIES MOVE TO LEVEL 2
Several area counties moved from a Level 1 Public Emergency to Level 2. Mercer, Putnam and Van Wert counties each joined Allen County as Level 2 counties, signifying an increased exposure and spread.
“This means that we have met three of the seven indicators that are currently used to determine advisory levels for COVID-19,” the Putnam County Health Department announced on its Facebook page. “The data shows a sustained increase in COVID-19 cases in the community, and the majority of cases are in individuals who are not in a congregate setting (such as a nursing home). This indicates that there is an increase in community spread, and the source of infection is not known.”
Van Wert County reported its first fatality attributed to COVID-19 on Wednesday. It was a person between 70 and 79, according to the Van Wert County Health Department. The health district is investigating an outbreak at Greve Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram, where five people were infected, as well as nine confirmed cases at Cooper Farms, with seven recovered.
Eleven doctors and nine nurse practitioners in Putnam County signed a community letter posted on Facebook, urging people to continue washing hands, maintaining social distancing, wearing masks and staying home when sick. The letter focused on wearing masks, for the sake of people around you even if you don’t show symptoms of sickness now.
“Perhaps the most controversial issue of all is masking,” according to the letter. “Despite what you may have heard, there are more and more studies and good science to support wearing masks/face coverings. As doctors, we always weigh risk against benefit. Thankfully, we can say with great confidence that there is no physical harm from wearing masks.”
Auglaize County reported five new cases and no new deaths. Hardin County had one new case reported.
The state’s statistics website, coronavirus.ohio.gov, did not update county-by-county numbers at 2 p.m. as it usually does. There were no new numbers by 7 p.m. Thursday, and Allen and Putnam counties didn’t issue new statistics Thursday evening.
The number of Level 3 counties in Ohio increased from seven to 12. The nearest county to move to a Level 3 was Wood County. Franklin County dropped from a Level 3 to a Level 2.
Ohio had 1,150 new cases and 15 new deaths reported, as the state’s number of deaths attributed to COVID-19 topped 3,000.
• The Wapakoneta museum will reopen by appointment only Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays beginning July 16. To schedule an appointment, email email@example.com. Masks are required and admission is free.
• The Allen County Historical Society received $9,995 in emergency grants through the CARES Act. The Auglaize County Historical Society also received $6,891 and the Armstrong Air and Space Museum $10,000. More than $690,000 were awarded to Ohio humanities organizations.
• The Putnam County HomeCare and Hospice Senior Expo has been canceled. The event will return Aug. 6, 2021 with keynote speaker Cea Cohen Elliot on “Don’t Get Hit by a Car While Playing Bingo on a Deserted Island.”
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