Today’s latest updates on the coronavirus pandemic


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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.

FOUR DEATHS REPORTED IN REGION

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

Three of the deaths were in Auglaize County. The newest was Jan. 13 involving a woman older than 80, whose onset date was Jan. 4. The next-oldest was a man older than 80 who died Jan. 8 after a Jan. 4 onset date. A woman older than 80s also died Jan. 1 after an onset date of Dec. 21. None of them had hospital admission dates.

The other regional death was in Van Wert County. A man in his 60s died Jan. 15 after an onset date of Jan. 11. He was not hospitalized.

• All regional counties remain in a Level 3 public emergency or red, with very high exposure and spread of the disease. No local counties are in the top 20 in terms of the highest occurrence rates by population.

• The ODH updated its county-by-county school reporting data from the past week.

In Allen County, Lima schools had six new student cases and two new staff cases. Delphos schools and Elida schools each had three new student cases. Apollo Career Center had two new student cases and three new staff cases. Spencerville schools had two new student cases. Bluffton schools had one new student case. Allen County Educational Service Center and Perry schools each had one new staff case.

In Auglaize County, Wapakoneta schools had five new student cases and one new staff case.

In Putnam County, Ottawa-Glandorf schools had four new student cases. Continental schools had three new student cases. Miller City-New Cleveland schools had one new student case.

• The ODH also updated its long-term care facilities tallies from the past week.

In Allen County, CSRI-Chesterton Home had three new resident cases. The Springs of Lima had seven new resident cases and four new staff cases. Sarah Jane Living Center had three new resident cases. CareCore had two new resident cases and one new staff case. CSRI-Pine Home and Primrose Retirement each had two new resident cases. Lima Convalescent Home had one new resident case and two new staff cases. The Meadows of Delphos had one new resident case. Lima Manor had two new staff cases. Wyngate Senior Living Community had one new staff case.

In Auglaize County, Elmwood Assisted Living had seven new resident cases and five new staff cases. Cridersville Healthcare Center had three new resident cases and two new staff cases. Vancrest nursing home and Wapakoneta Manor each had one new resident case and one new staff case. Otterbein Cridersville nursing home and Otterbein St. Mary’s assisted living each had one new resident case. Otterbein St. Mary’s nursing home and Auglaize Acres Nursing Home each had one new staff case.

In Putnam County, Meadows of Kalida had two new resident cases and two new staff cases.

Allen County

Cases ` 9,774 ` +79

Deaths ` 126 ` 0

Recovered ` 8,443 ` +63

Auglaize County

Cases ` 4,196 ` +13

Deaths ` 62 ` +3

Recovered ` 3,659 ` +23

Hardin County

Cases ` 2,101 ` +14

Deaths ` 33 ` 0

Recovered ` 1,754 ` +24

Putnam County

Cases ` 3,726 ` +27

Deaths ` 74 ` 0

Recovered ` 3,274 ` +26

Van Wert County

Cases ` 2,005 ` +5

Deaths ` 45 ` +1

Recovered ` 1,736 ` +17

Ohio

Cases ` 849,704 ` +7,271

Deaths ` 10,518 ` +109

Recovered ` 712,864 ` +8,819

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

Source: coronavirus.ohio.gov

Updated 2 p.m. 1/21/21

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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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