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.

FOUR DEATHS REPORTED IN REGION

Four new deaths attributed to COVID-19 were reported for the 24-hour period ending at 2 p.m. Thursday, according to statistics from the Ohio Department of Health.

All four deaths were in Allen County.

A 78-year-old man died, according to Allen County Public Health. A man in his 70s died Wednesday, with an onset date of Dec. 24 and hospital admission date of Dec. 27, according to ODH data.

Allen County Public Health acknowledged an 80-year-old man died. A man in his 80s died Monday after an onset and hospital admission date of Jan. 5, according to ODH data.

Allen County Public Health also said an 86-year-old female and an 89-year-old female died. ODH data showed a woman older than 80 dying Wednesday after an onset of Jan. 5 and hospitalization on Jan. 6, and another woman older than 80 died Sunday after an onset date of Dec. 27 and an admission date of Jan. 8.

• The new Ohio Publiuc Health Advisory System map shows all area counties remaining in red (level 3), with a high incidence rate, signifying a public emergency with a very high exposure and spread of COVID-19.

• The ODH updated its weekly school information Thursday. In Allen County, Apollo Career Center had three new student cases, followed by Lima (2) and Shawnee (1) schools. In terms of new staff cases, Lima and Spencerville schools had two each, and Apollo had one.

In Auglaize County, no schools reported any new student or staff cases.

In Putnam County, Columbus Grove and Ottawa-Glandorf schools each had three new student cases, followed by Jennings and Ottoville schools and SS. Peter and Paul School (1 each). SPPS reported one new staff case.

• The ODH also updated its statistics for long-term care facilities. Facilities in Allen County with new resident cases in the past week included Lima Manor (3), Springview Manor (3), CareCore (2), CSRI-Pine Home (2) and The Springs of Lima (1). New staff cases were reported at Lima Manor (7), Springview Manor (2), CareCore (1), Lima Convalescent Home (1), Elmcroft of Lima (1), The Meadows of Delphos (1), Sarah Jane Living Center (1), Wyngate Senior Community (1).

New resident cases in Auglaize County included Elmwood Assisted Living (7), Cridersville Healthcare Center (3), Otterbein Cridersville nursing home (1), Otterbein St. Mary’s assisted living (1), Vancrest nursing home (1) and Wapakoneta Manor (1). New staff cases were reported at Elmwood Assisted Living (5), Cridersville Healthcare Center (2), Auglaize Acres Nursing Home (1), Otterbein St. Marys Nursing Home (1), Vancrest nursing home (1) and Wapakoneta Manor (1).

Meadows of Kalida nursing home had five new resident cases in Putnam County and one new staff case there. No other Putnam County facilities reported new numbers.

Allen County

Cases ` 9,355 ` +95

Deaths ` 126 ` +4

Recovered ` 7,946 ` +74

Auglaize County

Cases ` 4,070 ` +28

Deaths ` 59 ` 0

Recovered ` 3,462 ` +43

Hardin County

Cases ` 2,009 ` +21

Deaths ` 32 ` 0

Recovered ` 1,646 ` +25

Putnam County

Cases ` 3,593 ` +28

Deaths ` 70 ` 0

Recovered ` 3,110 ` +22

Van Wert County

Cases ` 1,937 ` +15

Deaths ` 44 ` 0

Recovered ` 1,616 ` +19

Ohio

Cases ` 807,293 ` +7,654

Deaths ` 42,491 ` +32,610

Recovered ` 663,856 ` +7,423

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

Source: coronavirus.ohio.gov

Updated 2 p.m. 1/14/21

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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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