Here are today’s top stories from The Lima News for Tuesday, November 17.
Ohio Governor Mike DeWine flew in to Lima Monday afternoon to personally ask that northwest Ohio realize how serious the coronavirus pandemic is. Roughly 1 out of 100 people can now claim to have been sick with COVID-19. Northwest Ohio is the largest concentration of cases in the state. An official with Lima Memorial Health System explained that six weeks ago, there were 30 COVID-19 patients in hospitals in Lima and the surrounding communities. Today, there are 141. Because the virus is ramping up everywhere, calling in extra healthcare workers from another region is no longer a good option. Read more.
A second experimental COVID-19 vaccine, this one from Moderna, yielded extraordinarily strong early results Monday, another badly needed dose of hope as the pandemic enters a terrible new phase. Moderna said its vaccine appears to be 94.5% effective. A week ago, competitor Pfizer announced its own vaccine looked 90% effective. Pfizer offered its congratulations, signaling how experts are working toward the good of the public. They are both two-dose vaccines. 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.
Opposition is growing to Lightsource bp’s plans for a solar farm in Shawnee Township. Around 860 belong to a Facebook group opposed to the plan. A few dozen people showed up Monday night at Shawnee Alliance Church to discuss how to go about fighting the 370 megawatt solar farm. Read more.
In Sports, the NCAA announced on Monday it plans to hold the entire 2021 men’s tournament in a single geographic area to mitigate the risks of COVID-19. It is in talks with Indianapolis to serve as the host city. Read more.
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