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WIMA NEWS COPY TUESDAY MAY 12, 20202

>>COVID CAME TO OHIO EARLIER THAN PREVIOUSLY THOUGHT

(COLUMBUS, OH) -- IT TURNS OUT THAT THE FIRST CASES OF COVID-19 POPPED UP IN OHIO IN JANUARY. ANTIBODY HAS DETERMINED THAT THERE WERE FIVE CASES IN THE STATE IN JANUARY IN FIVE DIFFERENT COUNTIES. UP UNTIL NOW THE FIRST CASES WERE REPORTED ON MARCH 9TH. SOON ANTIBODY TESTING WILL HAPPEN ON A LARGER SCALE ACROSS THE STATE.

>>DAYCARE OPENINGS

(COLUMBUS, OH) -- MUCH OF OHIO IS RE-OPENING THIS WEEK, HOWEVER, GOVERNOR MIKE DEWINE IS NOW BEING PRESSURED TO OPEN UP DAYCARE FACILITIES. AT YESTERDAY’S PRESS BRIEFING THE GOVENOR PROVIDED NO REAL ANSWER ON THE SUBJECT. HE SAID ABOUT 80 PERCENT OF THE STATE'S ECONOMY WILL BE BACK UP AND RUNNING BY THE END OF THIS WEEK AND THAT GIVES WORKING PARENTS FEW OPTIONS. BUT HE ADDED THAT HE WANTS TO MAKE SURE CENTERS ARE SAFE AND THE OPERATING PROTOCOLS ARE RIGHT BEFORE ALLOWING DAYCARES TO RESUME OPERATIONS.

DEWINE ALSO SAID HE’LL HAVE AN ANNOUNCEMENT SOON ABOUT SOME OTHER BUSINESSES REOPEING SUCH AS TATTOO PARLORS AND GYMS.

>>COVID-19 NUMBERS REMAIN LOW IN ALLEN COUNTY

(LIMA, OH) -- THE GOOD NEWS CONTINUES LOCALLY AS COVID-19 NUMBERS REMAIN UNDER CONTROL IN ALLEN COUNTY. THE HEALTH DEPARTMENT REPORTED ONLY TWO NEW CASES YESTERDAY AND THERE HAVE ONLY BEEN EIGHT HOSPITALIZATIONS OVER THE PAST 19 DAYS IN ALLEN COUNTY. ADDITIONALLY THERE HAS BEEN ONE DEATH OVER THE PAST FIVE DAYS.

>>SPRING 4-WHEEL JAMBOREE NATIONALS IN LIMA RESCHEDULED FOR OCTOBER 23-25

(LIMA, OH) -- AS A RESULT OF THE COVID-19 OUTBREAK, THE 35TH ANNUAL O’REILLY AUTO PARTS OHIO 4-WHEEL JAMBOREE NATIONALS AT THE ALLEN COUNTY FAIRGROUNDS IN LIMA OHIO, ORIGINALLY SCHEDULED FOR JUNE 12-14, HAS BEEN RESCHEDULED FOR OCTOBER 23-25.

SPECTATORS WHO HAVE ALREADY PURCHASED INDIVIDUAL TICKETS TO THE SHOW WILL ALSO BE TRANSFERRED TO THE NEW DATES IN OCTOBER AND THEIR ORIGINAL TICKETS CAN BE USED AT THE GATE. ALL REQUESTS FOR TICKET REFUNDS MUST BE RECEIVED NO LATER THAN SUNDAY, JUNE 14, 2020.

FOR MORE INFORMATION ON THE 35TH ANNUAL O’REILLY AUTO PARTS OHIO 4-WHEEL JAMBOREE NATIONALS, VISIT WWW.4WHEELJAMBOREE.COM.

>>STAR SPANGLED SPECTACULAR DECISION TO MADE MONDAY

(LIMA, OH) -- THERE IS SOME MISINFORMATION OUT THERE CONCERNING THE STATUS OF LIMA’S STAR SPANGLED SPECTACULAR. A LETTER WAS SENT TO POTENTIAL VENDORS LAST WEEK THAT WAS NOT AUTHORIZED BY THE ORGANIZING COMMITTEE. THE LETTER SPELLED OUT SOME POSSIBLE ALTERNATE PLANS FOR THE INDEPENDENCE DAY CELEBRATION THAT HAVE NOT YET BEEN DECIDED BY THE COMMITTEE. THE STAR SPANGLED SPECTACULAR ORGANIZING COMMITTEE WILL MEET MONDAY AND THEY WILL BE MAKING A FINAL DECISION ON THE FESTIVAL’S FATE. THE DEPOSIT ON THE FIREWORKS IS DUE 45 DAYS BEFORE THE EVENT, WHICH IS A WEEK FROM TOMORROW. IT WOULD SEEM LIKELY THE EVENT WILL BE CANCELLED AS MOST MAJOR DISPLAYS OF ITS TYPE HAVE INCLUDING THOSE IN COLUMBUS AND TOLEDO.

>>LIMA MALL TO REMAIN TEMPORARILY CLOSED DUE TO WATER MAIN BREAK, WILL RE-OPEN MAY 13

(LIMA, OH) -- AS THE LIMA MALL WAS PREPARING TO RE-OPEN TODAY AFTER A TEMPORARY CLOSURE DUE TO COVID-19, THEY DISCOVERED A WATER MAIN BREAK. THAT MEANS THE MALL’S OPENING WILL NOW BE PUSHED BACK TO TOMORROW. MOVING FORWARD THE MALL WILL BE OPEN MONDAY THROUGH SATURDAY, 11-7 AND SUNDAY NOON TO 6.

WIMA SPORTS COPY TUESDAY MAY 12, 2020

>>MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL MOVING CLOSER ON PLAN TO BEGIN 2020 SEASON

(NEW YORK, NY) -- SOURCES SAY MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL'S OWNERS ARE APPROVING A PROPOSAL TO BEGIN THE 2020 SEASON AND WILL SEND IT TO THE PLAYER'S UNION. ACCORDING TO REPORTS, MLB COMMISSIONER ROB MANFRED HELD A CONFERENCE CALL WITH OWNERS ON MONDAY WHO AGREED TO A PLAN TO PRESENT TO THE PLAYERS ON TODAY. THE PROPOSAL WOULD HAVE THE LEAGUE BEGIN TO PLAY IN JULY WITH ALL TEAMS POSSIBLY USING THE DESIGNATED HITTER IN AN 82-GAME SCHEDULE AGAINST CLUBS IN THEIR DIVISIONS AND THE OPPOSITE DIVISION IN THE OTHER LEAGUE. THIS WOULD MEAN THE REDS AND INDIANS WOULD ONLY PLAY GAMES AGAINST NATIONAL LEAGUE AND AMERICAN LEAGUE CENTRAL DIVISION OPPONENTS.

>>CLEVELAND MONSTERS SEASON OVER AS AMERICAN HOCKEY LEAGUE CANCELS REMAINDER OF SEASON

(CLEVELAND, OH) -- THE CLEVELAND MONSTERS OF THE AMERICAN HOCKEY LEAGUE ARE NOT RETURNING TO THE ICE AFTER THE AHL CANCELED THE REST OF THE SEASON YESTERDAY. AHL PRESIDENT DAVID ANDREWS ANNOUNCED THAT THE TOP TIER OF MINOR LEAGUE HOCKEY HAD DETERMINED THAT RESUMING THE 2019-2020 SEASON WAS NOT POSSIBLE DUE TO THE CIRCUMSTANCES SURROUNDING THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC. THE MOVE ALSO INCLUDES ANY PLAYOFFS, WHICH MEANS THE AHL CHAMPIONSHIP CALDER CUP WILL NOT BE HANDED OUT FOR THE FIRST TIME SINCE 1936. THE MONSTERS ARE AN AFFILIATE OF THE COLUMBUS BLUE JACKETS OF THE NHL AND WERE IN LAST PLACE IN THE NORTH DIVISION WHEN THE SEASON WAS SUSPENDED ON MARCH 11TH.

>>AGENT SUES ZION

(UNDATED) -- A MARKETING AGENT THAT FILED A LAWSUIT AGAINST ZION WILLIAMSON IS ASKING IF THE PELICANS' SUPERSTAR RECEIVED IMPERMISSIBLE BENEFITS WHILE AT DUKE. PRIME SPORTS MARKETING AND COMPANY PRESIDENT GINA FORD FILED A LAWSUIT LAST SUMMER ACCUSING WILLIAMSON AND HIS CURRENT AGENCY OF A BREACH OF CONTRACT. AS A PART OF THE PRETRIAL DISCOVERY PROCESS, DOCUMENTS SUBMITTED BY THE PLAINTIFF ASK WHETHER WILLIAMSON HAD SOUGHT OR ACCEPTED "MONEY, BENEFITS, FAVORS OR OTHER THINGS OF VALUE" TO PLAY FOR THE BLUE DEVILS. WILLIAMSON HAS 30 DAYS TO ANSWER UNDER OATH.

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