THURSDAY, MARCH 26th, 2020

Huron County has 2 confirmed cases of the Corona Virus…in the latest numbers released from the state on Wednesday afternoon.

Erie County now has a total of 3 confirmed cases, 1 more being confirmed after the state released their numbers.

Lorain County is up to 38 total confirmed cases.

Overall…704 total cases, up from 564 on Tuesday, with 10 deaths from COVID-19 now confirmed.

55 counties have now reported cases…with 182 hospitalizations reported.

Governor Mike DeWine, at his news conference Wednesday,…discussed how he hopes the economy gets up and going soon; but says the focus must continue to be on stopping the spread of COVID-19.  

 

Parents at Pleasant Elementary in Norwalk have received a letter from Huron County Public Health concerning the Corona Virus.

The Norwalk Reflector reports that the letter tells parents that a student at their children’s school is a close contact of a lab-confirmed case of COVID-19 and to be on the lookout for signs and symptoms of the Corona Virus.

 

State lawmakers have passed a bill, allowing Governor Mike DeWine to tap Ohio’s so-called “Rainy Day Fund”, to support efforts to battle the Corona Virus.

The bill also provides for absentee voting for the cancelled March primary…with ballots accepted through April 28th.

 

Huron County Public Health is emphasizing the importance of the older generation taking care of themselves during the Corona Virus pandemic.

They say the Centers for Disease Control is reporting that 8 out of 10 deaths reported in the U.S. have been in adults 65 years-old and older and are estimating that 31 to 59 percent of adults 65 to 84 years-old are requiring hospitalization for COVID-19.

 

Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost has joined 32 other attorneys general in urging Amazon, Facebook, eBay, Walmart and Craigslist to more rigorously fight price gouging by online sellers using their services during the CO-VID 19 pandemic.

Examples include…on Craigslist, a two-liter bottle of hand sanitizer was being sold for $250 and on Facebook Marketplace an 8-ounce bottle was being sold for $40…On eBay, packs of face masks were being sold for $40 and $50.

 

Some good news for Verizon cell phone customers…

They are automatically adding 15 gigs of data to their wireless plans and are waiving overage and late fees to those affected by the Corona Virus pandemic. 

 

Cancellations due to the Corona Virus pandemic…

The Public Health Outreach Clinic scheduled for today at the Perkins Township Service Facility has been canceled.

A local community theater group is cancelling the rest of their season. The Workshop Players says, it was a difficult decision and not made lightly, but for the safety of everyone, it was necessary.

 

The Second Harvest Food Bank of North Central Ohio in Lorain is now on lockdown.

Spokeswoman Susan Bartosch says, that means, food will be packed and distributed by Second Harvest staff and members of the Ohio National Guard.

Volunteers have been told to stay home until the lockdown is lifted.

In the meantime, Susan says, Second Harvest is accepting donations, as they are serving three times the number of people than normal, and they’re going through thousands of pounds of food.

 

It appears, Ford workers across the country…including those in Lorain County…will be off the job, longer than expected.

Ford had hoped to re-open their plants March 30th, but yesterday, the company issued a statement, saying, they are complying with stay-at-home orders in several states.

 

An Ashland-based meat-processing-plant has issued a voluntary recall of mushroom and Swiss Brats sold at the Crocker Park Farmers Market.

The brats were produced by Turk Brothers Custom Meats and distributed by Bluebird Meadows Farm. 

The recall is due to mis-branding and unknown allergens.

The brats were sold at the Crocker Park Farmers Market between June of last year and March of this year.

 

From the National Weather Service…

Today

A chance of showers, mainly in the afternoon.

Increasing clouds, with a high near 62.

 

Tonight

Showers.  Low around 41.

 

Friday

A chance of showers.  Mostly cloudy, with a high near 50.

 

Saturday

Showers and possibly a thunderstorm.  High near 64.