MONDAY MORNING NEWS AND SPORTS

WIMA NEWS COPY MONDAY MAY 18, 2020

>>COVID-19 NUMBERS

(LIMA, OH) -- IT WAS A QUIET WEEKEND FOR COVID-19 IN ALLEN COUNTY AS THE HEALTH DEPARTMENT REPORTED ONLY 3 NEW CASES AND 2 HOSPITALIZATIONS OVER THE WEEKEND WITH NO DEATHS. THE NUMBER OF CASES CONTINUES TO AVERAGE RIGHT AROUND 22 PER WEEK OVER THE LAST FOUR WEEKS DESPITE THE INCREASED PREVALANCE OF LOCAL TESTING. ALSO HOSPITALIZATIONS REMAIN LOW WITH ONLY 10 IN ALLEN COUNTY OVER THE LAST 25 DAYS AND ONLY SEVEN IN THE MONTH OF MAY THUS FAR.

>>DEWINE SAFETY

(COLUMBUS, OH) -- GOVERNOR MIKE DEWINE SAYS STATE OFFICIALS WILL DO “WHATEVER WE HAVE TO DO” TO ENFORCE SOCIAL DISTANCING AND OTHER PROTECTIVE MEASURES IF BARS AND RESTAURANTS FAIL TO RESTRAIN CROWDS AS THE STATE EASES CORONAVIRUS MEASURES.

DEWINE WAS RESPONDING TO IMAGES OF A PACKED COLUMBUS RESTAURANT-BAR FRIDAY ON C-N-N’S “STATE OF THE UNION” ON SUNDAY MORNING. THE OHIO RESTAURANT ASSOCIATION SAID IT BELIEVED REPORTS OF ESTABLISHMENTS NOT OPERATING IN ACCORD WITH THE GOVERNOR’S GUIDELINES WERE “ISOLATED INCIDENTS."

>>DEFIANCE SHOOTING

(DEFIANCE, OH) -- A DEFIANCE COUNTY SHERIFF'S DEPUTY SHOT AND CRITICALLY WOUNDED A STABBING SUSPECT OVER THE WEEKEND. THE DEFIANCE COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE SAID DEPUTIES RESPONDED TO A CALL AT A HOME AROUND 2 A.M. SUNDAY AND FOUND THE VICTIM WITH STAB WOUNDS. DEPUTIES APPROACHED THE SUSPECT, 38-YEAR-OLD CLARENCE THIGPEN, OF KALAMAZOO, MICHIGAN, THEN GOT INTO A SCUFFLE. AN OFFICER THEN FIRED AT THIGPEN DURING THE ALTERCATION. THIGPEN IS LISTED IN CRITICAL BUT STABLE CONDITION AT A TOLEDO HOSPITAL WHILE THE VICTIM WAS ALSO IN STABLE CONDITION AT AN INDIANA HOSPITAL. AUTHORITIES INCLUDING THE OHIO BUREAU OF CRIMINAL INVESTIGATION ARE INVESTIGATING THE INCIDENT.

>>PRISON INMATES

(COLUMBUS, OH) -- THE OHIO PRISON SYSTEM SAYS IT'S GOING TO RESUME ACCEPTING INMATES FROM COUNTY JAILS TO BEGIN THEIR PRISON SENTENCES.

THE DEPARTMENT OF REHABILITATION AND CORRECTION SUSPENDED INMATE INTAKE AS THE CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC SPREAD TO TRY TO LOWER THE OVERALL PRISON POPULATION. DESPITE THE MOVE, NEARLY 4,500 INMATES SYSTEM-WIDE HAVE TESTED POSITIVE, AND 60 HAVE DIED. MORE THAN 570 EMPLOYEES HAVE TESTED POSITIVE AND TWO ALSO DIED FROM COVID-19. OFFICIALS SAY THE STATE WILL TAKE UP TO 50 INMATES A DAY AT ITS CORRECTIONAL RECEPTION CENTER AND HOLD THEM A MINIMUM OF 35 DAYS.

>>NOT EVERY EMPLOYEE HAS TO BE MASKED

(LIMA, OH) -- AS MORE OF THE ECONOMY IS OPENED UP, IT’S IMPORTANT TO NOTE THAT NOT ALL EMPLOYEES ARE REQUIRED TO WEAR FACIAL COVERINGS. TAMMY GOUGH OF THE ALLEN COUNTY HEALTH DEPARTMENT SAYS THAT IT’S UNSAFE IN SOME CASES BECAUSE OF THE NATURE OF THE WORK BEING PERFORMED OR THE PERSON MAY HAVE A BREATHING DISORDER SUCH AS ASTHMA. SHE SAYS THAT IF A CUSTOMER HAS A CONCERN THAT A WORKER IS NOT MASKED IT IS BEST TO ASK WHY RATHER THAN BECOMING “THE MASK POLICE”. ALL THE GUIDLELINES FROM THE GOVERNOR’S OFFICE ARE LISTED AT CORONAVIRUS.OHIO.GOV.

WIMA SPORTS COPY MONDAY MAY 18, 2020

>>HARVIK WINS IN NASCAR’S RETURN

(DARLINGTON, SC) -- KEVIN HARVICK TOOK THE CHECKERED FLAG AT THE REAL HEROES 400 AT DARLINGTON RACEWAY AS NASCAR MADE ITS RETURN TO RACING FOLLOWING A 10-WEEK ABSENCE. ALEX BOWMAN FINISHED SECOND IN THE MOST NOTABLE MAJOR SPORTING EVENT HELD IN NORTH AMERICA SINCE THE CORONAVIRUS

SHUTDOWN, WITH KURT BUSCH, CHASE ELLIOTT AND DENNY HAMLIN ROUNDING OUT THE TOP FIVE. RYAN NEWMAN RAN 15TH IN HIS FIRST RACE BACK FROM A FRIGHTENING FINAL-LAP CRASH IN FEBRUARY'S DAYTONA 500, WHILE MATT KENSETH PLACED 10TH IN HIS FIRST RACE SINCE THE 2018 SEASON FINALE.

NASCAR WILL HOLD ANOTHER SPECTATOR-FREE CUP SERIES RACE AT DARLINGTON ON WEDNESDAY BEFORE CONDUCTING THE COCA-COLA 600 AT CHARLOTTE NEXT SUNDAY.

>>LIVE GOLF RETURNS, MONEY RAISED TO HELP COVID-19 FUND

(JUNO BEACH, FL) -- LIVE GOLF ALSO RETURNED WITH RORY MCILROY AND DUSTIN JOHNSON BEATING RICKIE FOWLER AND MATTHEW WOLFF IN A CHARITY SKINS GAME AT SEMINOLE GOLF CLUB IN JUNO BEACH, FLORIDA. ON THE TIEBREAKING HOLE NO. 19, MCILROY HIT HIS TEE SHOT WITHIN 10 FEET OF THE HOLE FOR THE CLOSEST-TO-THE-PIN WIN. MCILROY AND JOHNSON WON MORE THAN $2 MILLION FOR THE AMERICAN NURSES FOUNDATION, WHILE FOWLER AND WOLFF EARNED $1.5 MILLION FOR CDC FOUNDATION'S COVID-19 RESPONSE FUND.

>>NHL PLANS CRYSTALLIZING

(TORONTO, ONT) -- TSN'S PIERRE LEBRUN IS REPORTING THAT THE NHL AND PLAYERS' ASSOCIATION HAVE MADE PROGRESS IN THEIR TALKS TO RESUME THE SEASON AMID THE CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC. THE REPORT SAID THE SIDES ARE DISCUSSING PLAYING SOME GAMES BEFORE A POSSIBLE 24-TEAM PLAYOFF TOURNAMENT, WHILE 20-TEAM AND THE TRADITIONAL 16-TEAM PLAYOFF FORMATS ARE ALSO BEING DISCUSSED.

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