WEDNESDAY MORNING NEWS AND SPORTS


WIMA NEWS COPY WEDNESDAY APRIL 22, 2020

>>ALLEN COUNTY CASES OF COVID-19

(LIMA, OH) -- THE ALLEN COUNTY HEALTH DEPARTMENT REPORTED FOUR NEW CONFIRMED CASES OF COVID-19 YESTERDAY, BRINGING THE COUNTY’S TOTAL CASE COUNT TO 88. THE ROLLING THREE-DAY AVERAGE OF NEW DAILY CASES IN ALLEN COUNTY DROPPED TO 6.0. HOSPITALIZATIONS REPORTED INCREASED BY TWO, WITH THE TOTAL NOW AT 37. THERE WAS ONE DEATH YESTERDAY BRINGING THAT TOTAL TO 12.

>>STATE LEADERS EXPECT REOPENING TO BOOST VIRUS CASES

(COLUMBUS, OH) -- STATE OFFICIALS ARE WARNING OHIOANS THAT THE POST-CORONAVIRUS REOPENING OF THE ECONOMY WILL HAVE SPEED BUMPS. THEY SAY THE REOPENING OF BUSINESSES WILL CAUSE AN INCREASE IN COVID-19 CASES AS MORE PEOPLE LEAVE THEIR HOMES AND INTERACT. EFFORTS ARE UNDERWAY TO PREVENT AND TREAT THE VIRUS AFTER MAY FIRST, WHEN THE STAY-HOME ORDER EXPIRES. OHIO'S CORONAVIRUS DEATH TOLL IS UP TO 557 WITH MORE THAN 13-THOUSAND-700 POSITIVE TESTS.

>>EX-GOVERNORS TO HEAD OHIO TESTING "STRIKE TEAM"

(COLUMBUS, OH) -- TWO FORMER OHIO GOVERNORS WILL LEAD A GROUP THAT WILL MAKE SURE THE STATE HAS ENOUGH CORONAVIRUS TESTS TO REOPEN THE ECONOMY. GOVERNOR MIKE DEWINE TAPPED PREDECESSORS DICK CELESTE AND BOB TAFT TO LEAD A TESTING STRIKE TEAM YESTERDAY. THE GOVERNOR SAYS INCREASED TESTING CAPACITY IS NECESSARY TO SAFELY START REOPENING OHIO'S BUSINESSES.

>>OHIO SETS SPECIFIC DAYS FOR UNEMPLOYMENT CLAIMS

(COLUMBUS, OH) -- HELP IS ON THE WAY FOR PEOPLE WHO HAVE HAD TROUBLE FILING UNEMPLOYMENT CLAIMS IN OHIO. STATE WELFARE OFFICIALS SAY THOSE FILING WEEKLY CLAIMS CAN DO SO ON SPECIFIC DAYS OF THE WEEK, BASED ON THE FIRST LETTER OF THEIR LAST NAME. THE NEW PROCESS STARTS SUNDAY WITH LETTERS A THROUGH H IN HOPES OF RELIEVING PRESSURE ON A CORONAVIRUS CRISIS-STRAPPED CLAIM SYSTEM.

>>URBANA UNIVERSITY TO CLOSE FOR GOOD

(URBANA, OH) -- URBANA UNIVERSITY'S 170-YEAR HISTORY IS COMING TO AN ABRUPT HALT. UNIVERSITY OFFICIALS ANNOUNCED YESTERDAY THAT THE CAMPUS IS CLOSING FOR GOOD, CITING THE UNCERTAINTY OF THE CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC. URBANA HAS BEEN A BRANCH CAMPUS OF COLUMBUS-BASED FRANKLIN UNIVERSITY SINCE 2014. IT HAS MORE THAN 12-HUNDRED STUDENTS, MOST OF WHOM WERE NOT TAKING CLASSES ON CAMPUS.

WIMA SPORTS COPY WEDNESDAY APRIL 22, 2020

>>NCAA ANNOUNCES NEW RULE CHANGES FOR UPCOMING COLLEGE FOOTBALL SEASON

(INDIANAPOLIS, IL) -- THE NCAA RULES OVERSIGHT COMMITTEE IS APPROVING SEVERAL NEW RULE CHANGES AHEAD OF THE NEXT COLLEGE FOOTBALL SEASON. THE COMMITTEE RELEASED ITS LIST OF RECOMMENDATIONS YESTERDAY WITH THE MOST NOTICEABLE DIFFERENCE INVOLVING WHAT HAPPENS TO PLAYERS EJECTED FROM A GAME FOR TARGETING. EJECTED PLAYERS WILL NO LONGER HAVE TO LEAVE THE TEAM'S SIDELINES, THUS ELIMINATING WHAT HAS BECOME KNOWN AS THE WALK OF SHAME. OTHER NEW GUIDELINES INCLUDE INSTRUCTING REFEREES TO COMPLETE INSTANT REPLAY REVIEWS IN UNDER TWO-MINUTES AND EXTENDING OFFICIALS' JURISDICTION FROM 60 TO 90-MINUTES BEFORE EACH GAME. FINALLY, THE COMMITTEE ALSO APPROVED THE USE OF THE NUMBER ZERO ON PLAYER'S JERSEYS WHILE ALSO LIMITING DUPLICATE NUMBERS TO TWO.

>>GRONK, BRADY REUNITED

(TAMPA, FL) -- A TOM BRADY AND ROB GRONKOWSKI REUNION HAS COME TO FRUITION, AS THE PATRIOTS HAVE TRADED THE RETIRED TIGHT END TO THE BUCCANEERS. GRONKOWSKI, WHO STILL HAD A YEAR LEFT ON HIS CONTRACT WITH THE PATRIOTS SINCE RETIRING AFTER HELPING NEW ENGLAND TO A SUPER BOWL CHAMPIONSHIP FOLLOWING THE 2018 SEASON, HAS BEEN DEALT TO TAMPA BAY IN EXCHANGE FOR A FOURTH-ROUND PICK. "I'M BACK. I ALWAYS SAID WHEN I HAVE THAT FEELING AND IT FEELS RIGHT, I WILL BE READY FOR TAKE THE FIELD AGAIN," GRONKOWSKI TOLD FOX SPORTS IN A TEXT MESSAGE. "AND I HAVE THAT FEELING. I'M READY." THE BUCS WILL ALSO RECEIVE A SEVENTH-ROUND PICK AS PART OF THE TRADE.

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