Coronavirus: What we know so far, May 22

Latest information regarding the coronavirus

The Blade
Fri, 22 May 2020 11:25:53 GMT

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30,794 coronavirus cases in Ohio; 2,071 in Lucas County

Updated numbers on Friday reveal 30,794 coronavirus cases in Ohio; 2,071 of those cases were reported in Lucas County.

A total of 1,872 deaths have been confirmed in the state. View the interactive state map and charts here.

■ OHSAA director: No strict deadline for decisions on fall sports

Ohio High School Athletic Association executive director Jerry Snodgrass on Friday morning said decisions for fall sports are fluid situations.

Snodgrass was interviewed on The Ken Carman Show with Anthony Lima on 92.3 FM in Cleveland. In that interview, Snodgrass said there is no specific date on which decisions for fall will be made, but Thursday’s announcement that training for all sports can start later this month certainly helped. READ MORE

■ Even where virus accelerates, lockdowns are cracking open

NEW DELHI — The coronavirus pandemic accelerated across Latin America, Russia and the Indian subcontinent on Friday even as infection curves flattened and reopening was underway in much of Europe, Asia and the United States.

Many governments — even those where the virus is still on the rise — say they must shift their focus to saving jobs that are vanishing as quickly as the disease can spread. In the United States and China, the world’s two largest economies, unemployment is soaring. READ MORE

■ Baseball players respond to MLB on virus protocols

NEW YORK — The baseball players’ association gave management a wide-ranging response Thursday to a 67-page proposed set of protocols for a season to be played during the coronavirus pandemic.

Management had presented the union and the 30 teams the proposed draft last Friday. READ MORE

■ Black Swamp Arts Festival postponed until 2021

BOWLING GREEN — The Black Swamp Arts Festival, a popular event that provides artists with a creative platform, will not take place this year and has been postponed until 2021 due to ongoing safety concerns surrounding the coronavirus pandemic.

The event will take place again on Sept. 10, 11 and 12, 2021, the Black Swamp Festival Planning Committee announced in a news release Friday. READ MORE

■ GOP weighs jobless aid cuts as layoffs surpass 38 million

WASHINGTON — Reconsideration of jobless aid is fast becoming the focus of congressional debate over the next virus aid package

After the Senate decided to take a “pause” on new pandemic proposals, senators faced mounting pressure to act before leaving town for a weeklong Memorial Day break. READ MORE

■ Photo Gallery: Briarfield Cafe opens back up after fire, coronavirus

Briarfield Cafe in Maumee opened for sit-down service Thursday after it suffered a string of bad luck since Sept. 21, 2019, when smoke damage caused by a fire in JoJo’s Pizza forced the entire Briarfield Plaza to shut down for months. READ MORE

■ Poll: Many in U.S. won't return to gym or dining out

WASHINGTON — Much of the country remains unlikely to venture out to bars, restaurants, theaters or gyms anytime soon, despite state and local officials across the country increasingly allowing businesses to reopen, according to a new survey by The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research.

That hesitancy in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak could muffle any recovery from what has been the sharpest and swiftest economic downturn in U.S. history. Just 42% of those who went to concerts, movies, theaters or sporting events at least monthly before the outbreak say they’d do so in the next few weeks if they could. Only about half of those who regularly went to restaurants, exercised at the gym or traveled would feel comfortable doing so again. READ MORE

■ Trump lashes out at scientists whose findings contradict him

WASHINGTON — “A Trump enemy statement,” he said of one study.

“A political hit job,” he said of another.

As President Donald Trump pushes to reopen the country despite warnings from doctors about the consequences of moving too quickly during the coronavirus crisis, he has been lashing out at scientists whose conclusions he doesn’t like. READ MORE

■ Arrivals to UK face 14-day quarantine under government plan

LONDON — People arriving in the U.K. will have to quarantine themselves for 14 days and could be fined 1,000 pounds ($1,220) if they fail to comply under a plan being announced Friday by the British government.

Home Secretary Priti Patel will set out details of the measures, which have already sparked confusion and criticism from airlines, airports and lockdown-weary Britons wondering whether they will get to take a vacation aboard this summer. READ MORE

■ Quarantine Cuisine: Jalapeño Cheddar Biscuits, Chili, and Chipotle-Seasoned Pork

I’ve been cooking more family recipes of late, specifically ones that I consider comfort foods.

I moved to Toledo after graduating from Oklahoma State University in the summer of 2017 to become a photo intern at The Blade, and I was hired to be a staff photographer later that year. I grew up in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. While I love Toledo and what it culinarily has to offer, I miss home cooking. I’ve found that I’ve been cooking more comfort foods during the pandemic. READ MORE

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