Fatal Accident In Paulding

A deadly crash in Paulding. Officials say Steven Foltz dies, heading southbound on Emerald Road. There, the vehicle went off the roadway, hitting the Paulding County Senior Center. The impact of the crash smashes a hole in the outer brick wall of the facility. The car continues on…into the garage of an E. Jackson St. address…through a guardrail…and into Flatrock Creek. Foltz was pronounced dead at the scene. The investigation into the crash continues at this hour by both state and local officials.

Area City Worker Beats Coronavirus

A Napoleon city employee comes down with coronavirus. Officials say since the worker is not a resident of Henry County, there remains no confirmed cases reported there. The employee arrived at work with symptoms of COVID-19, apparently. The supervisor identified the symptoms and sent that person home. A doctor then administered the test. They say the employee has recovered and will be returning to work, soon.

Vogelsong Case On Hold

In Defiance County…the grand that jury that was scheduled to hear the case of Dustin Vogelsong, charged with the murder of his grandfather, is postponed. Court staff decides not to proceed with the case, for now, because of coronavirus concerns. Vogelsong is charged in the beating death of his grandfather, Larry Vogelsong, back on March 1, at a Behnfeldt Road location, west of Ney. He is being held in the Corrections Center of Northwest Ohio, without bond.

Bryan Schools Working With Families

Bryan City Schools starts its on-site lunch pickup program, handing out dozens of lunches to parents and guardians of students. It’s all part of the federal free and reduced lunch program. District staff helped pass out the meals and also got caught up with students and parents. Distribution is taking place on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.

Stay At Home Orders May Get Extended

Gov. DeWine suggests it’s likely the stay-at-home order, expiring April 6, will be extended, and he hinted that some state prisoners may be released on a case-by-case basis. The governor ordered mandatory weekly online reporting of ventilator manufacturing, distribution, retail supplies and overall availability, in case the state needs to move supplies around quickly. Nearly 2,200 cases are confirmed, with over 50 deaths…nearly 600 people are hospitalized. For most people, COVID-19 displays mild or moderate symptoms, such as fever and cough that clear up in two to three weeks. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can be more severe, causing pneumonia or death.

Indiana’s Worries Grow During Coronavirus

Indiana’s health commissioner urges residents to continue to adhere to the state’s stay-at-home order, warning that while Indiana’s coronavirus cases had surged past 2,000 and its deaths climbed to over 45, the state remains far from reaching its peak in cases. Officials say Indiana has not yet modeled projections on how many could die from COVID-19….many are concerned the state has a higher percentage of elderly residents than some other states…as well as a higher percentage of smokers…two groups at higher risk.

More Beds In IN

Indiana hospitals have increased the state’s intensive care unit capacity by about one-third…in preparation for an expected surge in coronavirus-related illnesses. So far, hospitals have added about 500 critical care beds to give the state 1,940. Health officials say hospitals continue to create more ICU capacity by converting operating and recovery rooms space. The state’s goal is to double the pre-virus intensive care capacity and Indiana’s count of 1,177 ventilators to meet an anticipated COVID-19 case surge in the coming weeks.

DeWine Makes Moves

Gov., DeWine extends the Ohio schools’ shutdown order until May 1, to help slow the spread of the coronavirus. Meanwhile, the governor tells reporters he expects federal regulators to soon clear the way for wide use of a Columbus-based company’s services to sterilize N95 masks. Officials say it involves the use of hydrogen peroxide under pressure…refurbishing a single mask up to 20 times before it has to be discarded. Shortages of N95 masks have occurred around the country…Gov., DeWine says that is also true among Ohio’s health care workers.

New Election Info

Ohio has set a new, almost exclusively mail-in primary election for April 28, due to the coronavirus, ignoring the timing recommendations of the state elections chief and some voting-rights groups. Gov. DeWine signed a sweeping relief bill, containing the change. Under the new scenario, the standard in-person primary is off…and registered voters who haven’t yet cast a ballot will need to apply for an absentee ballot to vote. They can do that by printing an application form off the internet, calling their county elections board to request one, or writing the necessary information on a piece of paper. Requests must be received at the board by noon on April 25, except in cases of unforeseen hospitalizations. Once a ballot is received and completed, it must be postmarked by April 27, or it can be directly delivered to the voter’s county election board on Election Day.

IN Finances Under Pressure

Indiana’s finances are taking a major hit from the coronavirus. Officials say it remains to be seen how big it will be. The virus continues to spread, with the state’s tally of cases rising by 273, to over 17 hundred, including 35 people who have died. Unemployment claims have skyrocketed with business and factory closings in the past couple weeks. Insiders say perhaps $1 billion dollars will have to be spent from the state’s $2.3 billion in cash reserves to get through the budget year that ends June 30th.