Here are today’s top stories from The Lima News for Saturday, November 14.
Allen County Public Health and neighboring health departments are now overseeing so many COVID-19 cases that they are asking the public to inform their close contacts of a positive COVID-19 diagnosis right away. Health department contact tracers may not be able to make those calls as soon as they’d like. Read more.
Mercy Health-St. Rita’s Medical Center has updated its visitor restrictions due to the high rate of new coronavirus cases in the Allen County area. Hospital and emergency room patients will be allowed one visitor at a time between 6 a.m. and 9 p.m., while children under 12 years-old and patients in the hospital’s labor and delivery department will be allowed two visitors at a time. Those in the COVID-19 unit cannot have visitors. Read more.
Mercy Health-St. Rita’s is working with HCF Management to alleviate crowding in the hospital’s COVID-19 transitional care unit. HCF has built a COVID-19 isolation unit for patients in recovery who require more intense care. That unit is now being used to help St. Rita’s move patients who are transitioning from the hospital but who still require assistance. Read more.
Opponents of the death penalty in Ohio called on lawmakers Friday to enact a capital punishment ban during the lame duck legislative session lasting the next five weeks or so. The Senate legislation, one of several death penalty abolition bills over the years, was introduced in early March just as life turned upside down from the coronavirus pandemic. Read more.
Today’s podcast is sponsored by Fat Jack’s Pizza. Fat Jack’s Pizza dining rooms are now open at two locations, on Spencerville Road and on West Street in Lima, and carryout only at the Findlay Road location. Their combination subs are back, for only $5.75. Fat Jacks, celebrating 45 years as Limaland’s favorite pizza.
Thirty-five students from 11 Allen County high schools took a special tour on Friday of the area’s non-profit agencies. The students of Allen Lima Leadership’s youth leadership class are getting ready for their community service projects, this time in partnership with the United Way of Greater Lima. Read more.
In Sports, catch up on area high school tournament action. Read more.
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