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: 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 auglaizecountyhistory@bright.net. 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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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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