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.

THIRTEEN VIRUS DEATHS NOTED

There were 13 new deaths reported Thursday that had been attributed to COVID-19 over the 24-hour period ending at 2 p.m. Thursday, according to statistics from the Ohio Department of Health.

Van Wert County reported 12 new deaths, although they’re not recent. The newest death was a male older than 80 who died on Dec. 4 after an onset date of Oct. 12. The remaining deaths were in November, when the county had 27 deaths involving mostly men and women older than 70, aside from one man in his 60s and a woman in her 50s.

Allen County had one new death to report, a man in his 70s who died Tuesday. He’d been hospitalized, and his onset date was Nov. 29.

• Gov. Mike DeWine announced the state’s 10 p.m. curfew has been extended for another 21 days.

• DeWine also issued a new “Stay Safe Ohio Protocol,” which asked people to stay at home, wear a mask, keep interactions short and stay apart, wash your hands, work from home if possible, celebrate safely with small gatherings, don’t eat or drink with anyone outside your household, limit your travel, keep weddings and funerals safe and enjoy safe holiday activities.

• All area counties remain on Level 3 (red) in the Ohio Public Health Advisory System, meaning there’s very high exposure and spread. They’re also noted as having a high incidence rate of COVID-19, although none of them are marked as counties approaching Level 4. Overall, Ohio has five counties in Level 4, all in the northeast corner of the state.

• Lima Memorial Health System’s new visitor policy goes into effect at 8 a.m. Friday, Dec. 11. Patients with COVID-19 are not allowed to have visitors. Those being treated in the ER may have one visitor/helper age 17 and older. Non-COVID-19 patients who are admitted are allowed to have one visitor each day from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. That one visitor is required to wear a mask, observe safe distance and stay in the patient’s room. That one visitor may leave and re-enter during visiting hours. Staff will encourage families to connect virtually.

• The Lima Community Christmas Dinner has been canceled this year due to safety concerns as Ohio’s coronavirus epidemic now threatens hospital capacity across the state. This is the first time the annual dinner has been canceled since the tradition started in 2003. The dinner typically serves 400 to 500 people at the VFW Post 1275.

Allen County

Cases ` 6,583 ` +150

Deaths ` 102 ` +1

Recovered ` 4,709 ` +135

Auglaize County

Cases ` 2,981 ` +50

Deaths ` 44 ` 0

Recovered ` 2,296 ` +42

Hardin County

Cases ` 1,390 ` +27

Deaths ` 30 ` 0

Recovered ` 867 ` +40

Putnam County

Cases ` 2,805 ` +56

Deaths ` 57 ` 0

Recovered ` 2,240 ` +29

Van Wert County

Cases ` 1,316 ` +21

Deaths ` 30 ` +12

Recovered ` 903 ` +13

Ohio

Cases ` 31,850 ` -488,262

Deaths ` 7,298 ` +111

Recovered ` 361,308 ` +10,040

Recovered defined as symptom onset more than 21 days prior, not deceased.

Source: coronavirus.ohio.gov

Updated 2 p.m. 12/10/20

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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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