The latest on the Corona Virus pandemic…
Ohio now has 50 cases of COVID-19, as of Monday afternoon; 3 of those in Lorain County and 2 in Medina County.
The White House has advised people to avoid groups of more than 10.
Governor Mike DeWine has issued an order to close gyms, fitness centers, recreation centers, bowling alleys, indoor water parks and movie theaters across the state until further notice. DeWine said that grocery stores will remain open and that residents will have access to the essentials in life.
Lorain County Common Pleas Court judges have decided to delay trials for several weeks, except for one that’s already underway. Payments on current cases can still be made online.
Norwalk City Hall is closed to the public, effective immediately, until further notice. Water and sewer bills can be dropped off by utilizing the City’s drop box.
Effective today and until further notice, City of Sandusky buildings will be closed to the public.
The Milan-Berlin Public Library has closed through at least April 5th.
The Cleveland Catholic Diocese has suspended publicly-celebrated mass through Easter.
The Norwalk Area United Fund’s ‘Tool Time’ fundraiser scheduled for April 18th has been postponed.
It’s Election Day…but not in Ohio.
Republican Governor Mike DeWine has won a battle against a Democratic judge in Franklin County, moving today’s primary election to June 2nd.
The judge ruled yesterday, the election should be held today, as scheduled.
Late last night, the Ohio Department of Health declared a health emergency, over-ruling the judge.
Huron County Public Health is offering guidance regarding testing for Corona Virus.
They say you must be evaluated by a healthcare provider to see if you should be tested; but the health department does not have the ability to test or determine if you should be tested.
Health officials say that the Ohio Department of Health has limited testing kits reserved for those who are severely ill; but private and commercial labs are also offering testing with a physician’s order.
Symptoms include fever, cough and shortness of breath.
A scam alert concerning the Corona Virus…
Authorities are warning of a scam where people are receiving texts and emails to reserve a vaccine for COVID-19.
The scam artists are then asking for a credit card or social security number.
Law enforcement says there is no such thing as a vaccine reserve program and that is a scam.
It’s St. Patrick’s Day, and you know what that means…
This year, not much.
You’re pretty much limited to self-celebrations at home.
No parades, and bars and dine-in restaurants are closed.
Some grocery stores are trying to protect seniors, by offering special shopping hours just for them.
Other businesses are firing out emails, alerting customers of what they’re doing to maximize health-safety in their facilities.
Some are closing altogether…Men’s Warehouse through the end of the month…but employees will still be paid.
One injured, two seriously hurt…in a two vehicle crash early Monday in Erie County’s Margaretta Township.
The State Highway Patrol says 62-year-old Timothy Schwanger of Sandusky’s vehicle was struck in the driver’s side by another vehicle as he was coming off the Route 2 ramp and attempting to make a left turn onto Route 101.
That’s when he was hit by the vehicle of 19-year-old Jocelyn Cherry of Sandusky; who authorities say ran a red light.
Cherry and passenger, 18-year-old Storm Lanier of Sandusky, were both taken to Cleveland Metro with serious injuries…while Schwanger was taken to Firelands Regional Medical Center.
Authorities believe alcohol and/or drugs played a factor.
The U-S Marshall’s Office is searching for a resident of North Olmsted.
They’ve named 19 year old Gabriel Ortiz, their “Fugitive of the Week”.
Ortiz is accused of using brass knuckles to beat a Cleveland man during a dust-up, nearly one year ago.
In Medina County, the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals is asking all pet owners to have a back-up care-plan in place for their pets NOW, in the event they fall ill or cannot care for their pet.
They recommend that you secure a pre-arranged caretaker just in case you need help.
A temporary road closure in Erie County to report…
Perkins Avenue, at the railroad grade crossing in Huron Township, is closed due to an early morning traffic crash.
A 5-county planning agency has endorsed plans for trail and sidewalk projects in Avon, Bay Village, Elyria and Grafton.
NOACA hopes to set aside more than 1-million-dollars for the connectors.
From the National Weather Service…
Scattered showers this morning.
Partly cloudy, with a high near 51.
Mostly clear, with a low around 32.
A chance of showers, mainly in the afternoon.
Increasing clouds, with a high near 54.
Rain showers likely. High near 66.