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Fayette, Ohio, and surrounding areas

COVID-19 Update

Ohio: Fulton County is reporting its third case – still really low – and Williams County has its first positive test. Throughout the state, positive cases increased by 355 yesterday and deaths went up by 16 to a total of 65.

Michigan:  Lenawee County increased by only two cases to 24 while Hillsdale County now has the same number after having far fewer last week. Michigan gained 1,457 cases since the previous day and deaths increased by 80 to 417.  

A Michigan Tidbit

Michigan's COVID-19 page lists the age range in fatalities from the virus. It's from 25 to 107. 107 years old?

The Viral Video

A physician from New York City has a made a video that's become very popular and very reassuring to people. Here's the shortened version. If you want to hear more, listen here.

The Lenawee County map

The Lenawee County Health Department COVID-19 page now has a map that can be understood.

Food give-away

Here's a story from this week's paper that readers won't see in time due to our temporary publishing date on Wednesdays:
Morenci was recently named a year-around site for food distribution through the South Michigan Food Bank.  Free food will be given away on the first Thursday of each month beginning this week. The event is coordinated through the Morenci Food Bank housed at the Church of the Nazarene at 751 N. Summit St. Distribution is scheduled from noon to 2 p.m., or a shorter time if supplies run out.
During social distancing from the COVID-19 virus, customers are asked to drive through for food delivery.
Heather Pearce, county coordinator for the South Michigan Food Bank, said the organization has obtained funding for 12 months.
“We hope that gives the community time to look at funding options beyond the first year,” she said.
The variety of food will vary each month depending on what the food bank has to offer.
“We did this in Tecumseh last Saturday,” Pearce said. “We had 124 families come through for a total of 404 family members. The food was gone within an hour.”
The organization serves eight counties ranging from Lenawee to Kalamazoo.

Late paper again this week

Our printer has moved its printing jobs to one day a week to reduce employee contact. Because of this, the Observer will continue to be delivered a day later than usual.

A little citizen science

Interested in participating in a little citizen science? A project sponsored by the Boston Children's Hospital and Harvard Medical School is collecting information about how people are doing – both good and bad. The site is called COVID Near You.  Take a few seconds between episodes of "Tiger King" to let them know how you feel.

 Michigan details

This page provides a closer look at COVID-19 cases in Michigan, although it's not quite up to date as of 1:30 p.m. Saturday. It lists 8 positive cases for Lenawee County instead of 10.

 Fulton County joins in

Two residents in Fulton County have tested positive for COVID-19. Ohio has 867 confirmed cases. From the Fulton County Health Department:

If you have questions about COVID-19, you can call the Fulton County Health Department at 419-337-0915.  The Health Department has limited staff and will do our best to answer your questions.  You can also email questions to  A hotline is available at 1-833-4-ASK-ODH (1-833-427-5634) daily from 9am – 8pm or visit 

bridge Lenawee County cases
increase to 4

 The Lenawee County Health Department's update from 9 a.m. today (Thursday) shows the following:
Tested: 58
Positive: 4
Negative: 28
Pending: 26

It's certainly not time to relax social distancing measures. In many areas, the spread of the infection is just getting underway.

Update: 5 positives now. If you like to measure your misery, the link is here.

Stay at Home

Michigan's stay-at-home measures begin at midnight Monday, joining Ohio as was announced yesterday. Michigan's order lasts for at least three weeks in an effort to prevent a large increase in the number of cases.  Details are available here.


Everyone should be familiar with the number 9-1-1 to report an emergency.  This is a good time to keep 2-1-1 in mind – the human services help line. For example, if someone is unable to leave their home for groceries and other supplies, a call to 2-1-1 could lead to some assistance.