WEDNESDAY MORNING NEWS AND SPORTS 5-20


WIMA NEWS COPY WEDNESDAY MAY 20, 2020

>>NEW GUIDELINES

(COLUMBUS, OH) -- OHIO’S BATTLE WITH COVID-19 HAS ENTERED A NEW PHASE. YESTERDAY GOVERNOR MIKE DEWINE ANNOUNCED THE STATE WILL NOW OPERATE UNDER A PLAN DUBBED "OHIOANS PROTECTING OHIOANS."

HEALTH-RELATED ORDERS WILL BE RELAXED IN THE STATE, INSTEAD PUTTING THE ONUS OF STAYING SAFE ON THE GOOD JUDGMENT OF OHIOANS.

DEWINE SAID THAT THE NEW GUIDELINES RECOMMEND THAT OHIOANS STAY AT HOME AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE, WITH THE AIM OF PROTECTING THOSE IN SOCIETY WHO ARE MORE VULNERABLE TO COVID-19. THE GUIDANCE STILL RECOMMENDS SIX FEET OF DISTANCE WHILE IN PUBLIC, A MAXIMUM OF 10 PEOPLE AT SOCIAL GATHERINGS, WEARING OF MASKS AND FREQUENT HAND WASHING. DEWINE STRESSED THAT ALL ORDERS GOVERNING THE CONDUCT OF BUSINESSES AND THEIR CUSTOMERS WILL REMAIN IN PLACE TO KEEP SAFE THOSE WHO MUST GATHER IN PUBLIC PLACES.

>>NURSING TESTING

(COLUMBUS, OH) -- DEWINE ALSO SAID HE'S WORKING ON A PLAN TO RAMP UP TESTING FOR THE CORONAVIRUS AT NURSING HOMES AROUND THE STATE. DEWINE SAID THAT WILL INCLUDE DEPLOYING OHIO NATIONAL GUARD UNITS TO ASSIST WITH THE TESTING. THE NUMBER OF DEATHS FROM THE CORONAVIRUS IN OHIO’S NURSING HOMES IS NOW OVER 1,000. LONG-TERM CENTERS NOW ACCOUNT FOR 60% OF DEATHS FROM THE VIRUS IN THE STATE.

>>COVID-19 NUMBERS

(LIMA, OH) -- DESPITE MORE TESTING BEING DONE LOCALLY, THE NUMBER OF COVID-19 CASES CONTINUES TO AVERAGE ABOUT 2 TO 3 PER DAY IN ALLEN COUNTY. THERE HAVE BEEN 50 CASES REPORTED OVER THE FIRST 19 DAYS OF MAY. MEANWHILE HOSPITALIZATIONS REMAIN RARE AS THERE HAVE ONLY BEEN EIGHT THIS MONTH AND 12 OVER THE LAST 27 DAYS. THERE HAVE BEEN SEVEN DEATHS REPORTED IN MAY, BUT NONE OVER THE LAST SEVEN DAYS.

>>WATER RESCUE

(LIMA, OH) -- WE ARE OFTEN ADMONISHED TO NOT DRIVE OUR VEHICLES INTO WATER COVERING THE ROADWAY AND YESTERDAY AN OUT OF TOWN DRIVER LEANED THAT LESSON THE HARD WAY JUST EAST OF LIMA. AT ABOUT 8:50 YESTERDAY MORNING AN ADULT MALE DRIVER ON HIS WAY TO CHICAGO, WAS DRIVING ON THAYER ROAD BETWEEN MIRROR LAKE DRIVE AND SANDUSKY ROAD WHEN HE DROVE INTO WATER OVER THE ROAD AND HIS VEHICLE STALLED.

THE BATH TOWNSHIP FIRE DEPARTMENT WAS CALLED TO THE SCENE. THEY DONNED THEIR COLD WATER RESCUE SUITS AND USED A LIFE PRESERVER DEVICE TETHERED TO A ROPE RESCUE RETRIEVAL SYSTEM TO PULL THE DRIVER OUT OF THE WATER. HE WAS UNINJURED.

>>ST. MARYS TEEN HURT IN CRASH TUESDAY

(ST. MARYS, OH) -- AN UNIDENTIFIED 16-YEAR OLD ST. MARYS GIRLS IS NOW IN CRITICAL CONDITION FOLLOWING AN ACCIDENT YESTERDAY. ACCORDING TO THE WAPAKONETA POST OF THE OHIO STATE HIGHWAY PATROL THE CRASH OCCURRED AT ABOUT 11:30 YESTERDAY MORNING ON STATE ROUTE 364 JUST WEST OF ST. MARYS. THE TEEN LOST CONTROL OF HER VEHICLE, WENT LEFT OF CENTER AND WAS STRUCK IN THE PASSENGER SIDE BY A JEEP.

THE OTHER DRIVER WAS NOT INJURED. BOTH DRIVERS WERE WEARING SEAT BELTS AND ALCOHOL IS NOT THOUGHT TO BE A FACTOR IN THE ACCIDENT.

WIMA SPORTS COPY WEDNESDAY MAY 20, 2020

>>GLSCL CANCELS SEASON

(UNDATED) -- THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC SHUTDOWN HAS CLAIMED ANOTHER SPORTS CASUALTY AS THE GREAT LAKES SUMMER COLLEGIATE LEAGUE HAS ANNOUNCED THE CANCELLATION OF ITS 2020 SEASON.

IN A STATEMENT THE LEAGUE SAID THAT THE TEAMS FEEL IT’S IMPOSSIBLE TO OPERATE EFFECTIVELY WHILE ENSURING THE SAFETY OF ALL.

THE LIMA LOCOS AND GRAND LAKE MARINERS ARE BOTH MEMBERS OF THE GLSCL. LIMA IS THE DEFENDING CHAMPION. THE LEAGUE PLANS TO BE BACK AS NORMAL IN 2021.

>>OSU FOOTBALL SET TO REPORT

(COLUMBUS, OH) -- OHIO STATE ATHLETIC DIRECTOR GENE SMITH TOLD THE OHIO NEWS NETWORK THAT THE WOODY HAYES AND SHUMAKER CENTERS WILL OPEN FOR THE ATHLETES WITH PROTOCOLS IN PLACE. HE SAYS STARTING ON JUNE 8TH THEY WILL ALLOW VOLUNTARY WORKOUTS FOR STUDENT ATHLETES.

THE NCAA COUNCIL IS EXPECTED TO VOTE TODAY ON THE MORATORIUM WHEN IT COMES TO COLLEGE ATHLETICS AND WHETHER THEY ALLOW VOLUNTARY WORKOUTS.

>>NASCAR ACTION TONIGHT

(DARLINGTON, SC) -- NASCAR IS GETTING READY TO HOLD ITS FIRST WEDNESDAY RACE IN 36 YEARS, AS IT WILL HOLD THE TOYOTA 500 ON WEDNESDAY AT DARLINGTON RACEWAY THREE DAYS AFTER THE SPORT GOT BACK TO RACING AFTER 10 WEEKS AWAY. THE LAST WEDNESDAY RACE CAME ON JULY 4, 1984 AT DAYTONA

INTERNATIONAL SPEEDWAY. THAT RACE, THE FIRECRACKER 400, WAS THE 200TH WIN OF RICHARD PETTY'S CAREER. THE XFINITY RACE WAS POSTPONED BY RAIN AND WILL NOW BE RUN THURSDAY AT NOON.

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