TOLEDO, Ohio — The Toledo-Lucas County Health Department confirmed Saturday night that there is at least one positive case of COVID-19 in the county.
There are now 9 Ohio counties that have confirmed cases as of Saturday's update from the Ohio Department of Health.
The health department announced Saturday morning at a press conference that the case was revealed to be a man who traveled internationally.
"We are confirming today that Lucas County has the first positive case of COVID-19. This is an international travel case," said Health Comissioner Eric Zgodzinski. "This is a man in 70s who traveled to Europe during the end of February. He is stable in the hospital. He had limited contact with the community when he returned."
The hospital at which the patient, who has a significant other, is being treated is not being identified in the interest of patient safety.
He said that people who may have been in contact with the man will be contacted.
On Tuesday, Ohio. Gov. Mike DeWine recommended all colleges and universities in the state go to remote online classes until the spread of the coronavirus can be contained.
DeWine also said these schools should intensely screen their students and ban all sponsored international travel.
At a press conference Thursday, DeWine placed all state schools on a three-week break that is set to start at the end of the day on Monday, March 16.
Additionally, all mass gatherings over 100 people have been banned, with the exclusion of religious groups, restaurants, malls, airports, train stations, etc. in which people are mostly in transit. However, you should check with your specific destination beforehand to see how they are handling things internally. Nursing home visits are prohibited as well as visits to psych wards.
Voting, however, is expected to go on as planned.
Here's a list of what we know from local districts, colleges, and other locations (this list will be updated):
Universities that have moved classes online
University of Toledo - The 2020 spring commencement scheduled for May 9 has been canceled. Graduates will be invited to walk for UT's winter commencement ceremonies December 12.
Classes canceled March 16-17. UT will continue online classes until the end of the semester.
Residence halls will not reopen after spring break and students will move out between March 14-22.
UT acknowledges that campus may be the safest or only option for some students. The Office of Residence Life will work with those students on an individual basis.
Services such as dining and internet will be provided to students whose requests are granted.
In addition, all employees will work remotely. Only authorized employees will work on campus. UT plans to reassess staffing plans in April.
All events with expected attendance of 100 or more are canceled. All travel - domestic and international is suspended for the rest of the fiscal year. UT's coronavirus website is here: utoledo.edu/coronavirus
Bowling Green State University - All face-to-face classes will become online only after students get back from spring break on March 23. Students may choose to return to their permanent place of residence or return to campus, where appropriate social distancing and enhanced preventative public health and hygiene measures will be actively instituted. Classes will continue on both campuses as scheduled through Friday. During this week, students are urged to make choices that are best for their own personal health situations.
The university is extending its previous travel restrictions to suspend all BGSU supported domestic and international travel for students, faculty and staff until May 15. Only approved, essential business travel will be permitted.
The university is suspending all BGSU events greater than 100 participants effective March 14 through April 17. BGSU coronavirus website is here: https://www.bgsu.edu/coronavirus
Terra State Community College - The Spring 2020 Commencement ceremony has been postponed until further notice. This is in effort to limit on-campus gatherings to 10 people or less.
Many employees have been working from home or come to campus on rotating schedules with their department.
This is in addition to Spring break being extended one week. Starting March 23, courses will resume as distance-learning (online) only. Students are not to report to campus. Students are to monitor their Terra State email accounts for further instruction.
Terra State remains open starting Wednesday March 18, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m Monday through Thursday for all campus offices. Fridays will be closed to allow deeper cleaning across campus.
Lourdes University - Now through April 1, all courses will occur in an online format except labs and studios (art and music). If students don't have online access at their residence, they are to contact the Academic Success Center at 419-824-3963. Field and clinical education will continue.
All campus buildings will be available for use through this period; residence halls and the dining room will be open. The Lourdes health center will be available after spring break.
Owens Community College - The school's spring commencement ceremony has been canceled. Graduates are invited to participate in the fall commencement ceremony instead to celebrate their achievements.
Classes are canceled starting Wednesday, March 11 until Sunday, March 15. Online classes, however, will continue as scheduled. Students who have internships, clinicals and directed practices should report as scheduled unless otherwise notified by their facility.
Spring break starts Monday, March 16 and lasts until Sunday, March 22. Owens will operate on a modified schedule the following Monday until April 6.
In-person classes will be transitioned to alternative delivery. Students will be contacted by college personnel regarding their specific courses.
University of Findlay - Classes are canceled on Friday, March 13. The all-campus meeting scheduled for the same day will be postponed. Beginning Monday, March 16, traditional classroom courses will be delivered remotely until Tuesday, April 14. Classroom experiences like labs, performance classes as well as instruction and animal care at the farms are still being evaluated. The university will provide additional guidance this week.
Effective Monday, March 16, all university-sponsored events or events on university property will be canceled at least until Tuesday, April 14. Indoor sports on campus will not be permitted. Outdoor sports, however, will continue at this time.
Effective immediately, all university-sponsored international travel is suspended. This includes new travel and already booked trips. University-sponsored travel must be approved by the appropriate cabinet member. Travelers returning from Level 3 warning countries are required to report their exposure to the Cosiano Health Center and observe a 14-day period of self-quarantine.
The university will remain open, including student support services, academic resources, residence and dining facilities, athletic, and recreation facilities.
Mercy College of Ohio: As a precaution, and to help mitigate any risks to COVID-19, Mercy College of Ohio will be moving all face-to-face lecture class meetings to an online format until further notice, beginning Tuesday, March 17, 2020. All classes are cancelled for Monday, March 16, 2020. This includes both the Toledo campus and Youngstown location.
Additionally, all co-curricular and social gatherings are cancelled until further notice as well as all international and all “non-essential” domestic travel is suspended.
The college will, however, remain open for business, and Mercy College of Ohio will continue to assess the college’s and community’s conditions, as well as plans and capabilities to anticipate and respond to the rapidly changing situation.
As of now, the spring commencements that are scheduled May 1, 2020 in Toledo, OH and May 7, 2020 in Youngstown, OH will continue as planned.
Local School Districts
Starting at the close of the day Monday, ALL Ohio K-12 schools will be closed for three weeks.
Springfield Local Schools - An in-school survey will be given to middle school and high school students in the coming days regarding internet access at home and availability of technological devices. This is not being done to scare or alarm anyone, but an effort toward preparedness and planning.
Perrysburg Schools - Perrysburg High School has had a policy in place where a student with 2 or fewer absences and at least a "C" average in a class can opt out of the exam for that class. That policy is being changed due to the presence of the coronavirus. Now, if a student qualifies by March 20, they will get the opt-out incentive. This is a way for the district to encourage students who are sick to stay home and get better.
Rossford Schools - In light of Gov. Mike DeWine's order against large indoor gatherings Wednesday, Rossford school officials are postponing large indoor events until further notice. Events with the possibility of 100 people or more are currently being postponed, including Saturday's dedication ceremony and tour of Rossford Junior-Senior High School, next week's spring musical, the winter sports banquet and any other events of that nature.
Other institutions/events restricting access
Bethlehem Lutheran in Toledo - All activities and services canceled until further notice.
Black Swamp Bird Observatory - In regard to the upcoming Biggest Week in American Birding on May 7, a final decision on the event will be made no later than April 10 to allow registrants to adjust travel plans. Plans will be communicated on the Biggest Week website, via email messages, and on social media. If you feel it is not in your best interest to travel and attend the festival, organizers will provide a refund - no questions asked.
Blarney Shamrockin' Shuffle - Runners and walkers who were planning to take part in the annual Shamrockin' Shuffle will have to wait to shuffle another day, as the race and Guinness World Record attempt are postponed.
According to event organizers, "you'll still be part of supporting Toledo Firefighters Local 92 Muscular Dystrophy Foundation and setting a Guinness World Record at a future date. We know everyone is very excited to be a part of the this Guinness World Records attempt on Friday evening in Downtown Toledo."
The City of Findlay Recreation - The City of Findlay Recreation is suspending all indoor public operations. This includes:
- All public skates
- All drop-in hockey
- All drop-in figure skating sessions
- Keep Active, Keep Healthy events
- Fitness Fridays in conjunction with the Children’s Museum
Brightside Academy locations - Closed until April 6.
Imagination Station - Beginning at 5 p.m. Friday, March 13, the Imagination Station will be closed to the public until March 31.
Please visit the Imagination Station Toledo website to stay up-to-date on this developing situation.
While your kids and family members may be home, check out the Imagination Station's YouTube channel for some fun at-home science.
Kalahari Resorts and Conventions - The resort will temporarily close beginning Sunday, March 15 under the mass gathering ban of 100 people, with plans to reopen April 2. There have been no reported positive COVID-19 cases within its guest or associate communities.
Islamic Center of Greater Toledo - The center is suspending congregational Friday prayers, effective immediately, until further notice.
Imam Deeb will be delivering a lecture similar to a sermon each Friday, broadcasted live on Facebook at 1:30 p.m. A YouTube link will also be e-mailed to anyone not on social media.
Sunday school and Sunday lecture are both canceled until further notice. Imam's Sunday lecture will also be posted live on Facebook.
Lucas County Sheriff's Office - The Lucas County Sheriff's Office is implementing changes to the visitation schedule in an effort to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
MAC Tournaments - The Mid-American Conference is implementing a restricted attendance policy. The MAC men's and women's tournaments will continue as scheduled but will be closed to the general public. Only institutional personnel, student-athlete family members, media crews, and official team party members will be allowed at the games. Fans who purchased tickets for the MAC tournaments can either be refunded in the form of credit toward next year's tournament or fully refunded.
Metroparks Toledo - Effective immediately and continuing through at least the end of March, all Metroparks programs are canceled and all indoor facilities are closed.
National Museum of the Great Lakes - Until further notice, the National Museum of the Great Lakes will be closed to the public starting March 14 at 5 p.m.
OHSAA - The Ohio High School Athletic Association has postponed all remaining winter tournaments until further notice.
Senior Centers - Senior Centers across the area are closing down.
- Maumee Senior Center - Seniors in need of home-delivered meals, medical or personal supplies can contact the Maumee Senior Center.
- Oregon Senior Center - Closed starting on March 16. People with questions should call 419-698-7078.
- Sylvania Senior Center - Closed starting Monday but will reopen on Tuesday for voting only.
Swanton Public Library - The Swanton Public Library will be closing on Sat., March 14 as a preventative measure. A reopening date is TBD.
Toledo Lucas County Public Library - After monitoring news and guidance from the CDC, Toledo Lucas County Health Department and evaluating information that indicates that aggressive early social distancing can stop the virus from exponentially spreading, the Toledo Lucas County Public Library (TLCPL) will close all locations and Mobile Services to the public beginning on Sunday, March 15.
Toledo Municipal Court - The Toledo Municipal court is implementing efforts in social distancing. As part of those efforts, fines, fees and costs that are due between March 11 and June 1 shall be continued an additional 90 days from the original due date. In the event that a due date falls on a holiday or weekend, the due date shall be continued to the next business day. For information on a particular case, check the Clerk of Court's website.
Toledo Museum of Art - The Toledo Museum of Art will be temporarily shut down in an effort to mitigate the spread of coronavirus.
The museum is set to close from Tuesday, March 17 through Friday, April 3.
Museum leaders plan to reopen on Saturday, April 4, although this date is subject to change based on circumstances at that time.
Toledo Symphony Orchestra - The orchestra's performance set for Friday, March 13 will take place at the Peristyle, but will be closed to the public. Instead, the performance will be available digitally to the public on the Toledo Symphony's website starting at 8 p.m. The full performance will also be available on they symphony's YouTube channel for 30 days following.
Saturday's performance, however, will be canceled entirely.
The March 20 Toledo Public Schools’ 4th Grade Concert, the March 2 KeyBank Pops concert with vocalist Aubrey Logan, the March 22 performance of the Toledo Symphony Youth Orchestras and the March 28 performance of Le Mozart Noir with violinist Randall Goosby have all been canceled as well.
Ticket holders may turn in purchased tickets as a charitable contribution to the Toledo Symphony and receive a tax deduction receipt.
Toledo Zoo - The Toledo Zoo will close to the public Friday through April 1 in an effort to halt the spread of COVID-19.
Zoo officials say they will continue to monitor the fluid situation and provide updates as necessary.
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Walleye - The ECHL has postponed the rest of the 2019-20 season.