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Coronavirus

To keep the community informed, we’ve lifted the paywall on all stories about COVID-19, also known as the Coronavirus. For most people, the virus causes only mild or moderate symptoms, such as fever and cough. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness, including pneumonia.

Japanese transplant shares virus woes from abroad

By JEANNIE WILEY WOLF Staff Writer A former Ada resident who now lives in Japan recently wrote...

Cross joins task force on economic recovery

State Rep. Jon Cross, R-Kenton, has been appointed to OHIO 2020, a bipartisan task force...

Hancock County reaches 14 confirmed COVID-19 cases

With no new cases of COVID-19 reported Monday, Hancock County currently has 14 confirmed cases,...

Signup begins for mobile food pantry

Cornerstone Baptist Church is sponsoring a mobile food pantry in coordination with Chopin Hall and...

Health department changes service delivery amid pandemic

Hancock Public Health is, effective today, changing how some of its services are delivered in...

BVHS: Of 208 COVID-19 tests, 182 returned negative

Blanchard Valley Health System reports that, as of Monday, its COVID-19 triage and testing centers...

UW opens up applications for nonprofit emergency funds

United Way of Hancock County is inviting nonprofits addressing the community's emergent needs arising as...

Storytime with officer keeping kids engaged

By JEANNIE WILEY Staff Writer A Findlay police officer is using a digital approach to keep in...

Humanity, kindness win the day

By JEREMY SPEER There is enough bad in the world. Enough scary things to keep us...

Cooper factories to stay closed two more weeks

Cooper Tire & Rubber Co. on Friday announced that its tire factories in the United...

50 North adapts to the COVID-19 era

By SARA ARTHURS STAFF WRITER Like everyone else, staff and volunteers at 50 North are adjusting to...

Income tax filing due date extended

The City of Findlay has extended the due date of the 2019 calendar-year Findlay, Arlington,...

Findlay church hosts ‘Palm Parade’, drive-in Easter service

By ASHLEY DONALDSON For The Courier Easter is one of the most important holidays on a Christian...

Hancock County reaches 13 confirmed cases of COVID-19

Hancock County now has 13 cases of COVID-19, five of whom have been hospitalized, Hancock...

AMVETS meal delivery offered

AMVETS Post 21, which is preparing meals for veterans in need, has announced its menu...

WBGU expands children’s educational programming

In light of recent school closings, WBGU-PBS is joining seven other Ohio PBS affiliates in...

Unemployment claim ‘tsunami’ floods agency

By DENISE GRANT Staff Writer It’s enough to make anyone’s head spin, watching that little dotted “processing”...

COVID-19 questions addressed

By SARA ARTHURS STAFF WRITER If you call wanting testing for the new coronavirus, what happens next?...

12 COVID-19 cases confirmed in Hancock County

Hancock County now has 12 confirmed cases of COVID-19, five of whom have been hospitalized. The...

Ohio stay-at-home order extended to May 1

Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine has extended the state's stay-at-home order, due to expire at midnight...

Health system tests 169 people for COVID-19, with 131 negative

The COVID-19 triage and testing centers at Blanchard Valley Hospital and Bluffton Hospital have, combined,...

Courier continues to follow the coronavirus

Dear reader, The past few weeks have been full of uncertainty for many of you here...

Elections board installs drop box outside office

The Hancock County Board of Elections has begun mailing primary ballots to voters who have...

Seniors utilize new tech to stay connected

By BRENNA GRITEMAN LIFE EDITOR The outbreak of coronavirus has forced most Americans to get out of...

State receives (not enough) PPE

By SARA ARTHURS STAFF WRITER More personal protective equipment like surgical masks and gloves is heading to...

Pro baseball: Curlis, Adolph working to stay sharp

Connor Curlis delivers a pitch during a game last season for the Dayton Dragons. Curlis,...

Votes already cast in primary will be counted

The Hancock County Board of Elections is emphasizing that voters who already have cast absentee...

Prep sports: Start of OHSAA spring season pushed back

If the 2020 Ohio High School Athletic Association spring sports season is going to take...

College baseball: Kirian’s strong start cut short

UNIVERSITY OF LOUISVILLE RELIEVER Michael Kirian delivers a pitch during a game for the Cardinals....

Golf: Ohio courses allowed to remain open

By MICHAEL BURWELL Sports Editor After flipping its decision multiple times last week, the Ohio Department of...

Hancock County has 9 confirmed COVID-19 cases

Hancock County now has nine confirmed cases of COVID-19, four of whom have been hospitalized,...

‘You have to throw the rules out’

By SARA ARTHURS STAFF WRITER When Ohio’s universities and colleges switched from face-to-face to online courses amid...

Teachers, families chart remote learning curve

By DENISE GRANT Staff Writer Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine announced Monday that the state’s schools will remain...

Hancock County reaches 6 confirmed COVID-19 cases

Hancock Public Health reported Tuesday that the county now has six confirmed cases of COVID-19,...

Emergency support fund established to assist nonprofits

The Board of Trustees of The Findlay-Hancock County Community Foundation has established the Community Emergency...

BVHS livestream addresses local pandemic response

Blanchard Valley Health System will hold a “State of Our Organization” livestream Thursday to discuss...

Local mental health, substance use services remain available

Mental health and substance use services remain available in Hancock County during COVID-19. Most local agencies...

Local agencies unite to help jobless

Statewide unemployment numbers have skyrocketed from 7,000 to 188,000 in the last week due to...

Drive-thru confessional

By LOU WILIN STAFF WRITER CAREY — The season of Lent leading up to Easter is about...

Ohio school closure extended to at least May 1

COLUMBUS (AP) — Gov. Mike DeWine on Monday announced Ohio schools will remain closed until...

Fourth COVID-19 case confirmed in Hancock County

Hancock County now has four confirmed cases of COVID-19, two of whom have been hospitalized. Hancock...

AMVETS offers free meal delivery for military families

AMVETS Post 21 is preparing lunches for any veteran and spouse or widow of a...

Woman, 85, Seneca County’s first COVID-19 death

An 85-year-old Seneca County woman who was a hospitalized patient and had tested positive for...

Ogden sets up fund to aid local businesses

Findlay area businesses can apply now for a grant to help them recover from the...

Local 4-H programs now available online

By JEANNIE WILEY WOLF Staff Writer Would you like to take a yoga class, do a fun...

Our collective spirit will get us through

By JEREMY SPEER As we all settle into this new, socially isolated routine, we are getting...

School board meeting Monday

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Mask production lines

By LOU WILIN Staff Writer Sometimes the worst circumstances bring out the best in people. Area residents have...

City braces for big drop in revenue

By DENISE GRANT Staff Writer “Like throwing darts with a blindfold.” That’s how Paul Schmelzer, Findlay’s safety director,...

50 North remains closed

50 North remains closed. The senior center, which had previously said it was closing until March...

Drive-thru food distributed

Chopin Hall will continue offering food to community members in need through drive-thru food distributions...

Three COVID-19 cases now confirmed in Hancock County

By SARA ARTHURS STAFF WRITER Hancock County now has three confirmed cases of COVID-19, one of whom...

BVHS: ‘Under 100 specimens’ sent to COVID-19 labs

Blanchard Valley Health System reported Friday that “under 100 specimens” had been sent from its...

Presumed COVID-19 case closes Whirlpool

Whirlpool Corp. has temporarily closed its Findlay plant. Thursday evening, an employee was diagnosed with a...

Recycling rules implemented

The Hancock County Solid Waste Management District has instituted changes in an effort to keep...

WHO: Virus won’t be spread via newspaper delivery

Some readers have asked whether there’s a danger in getting a newspaper delivered to your...

Ballot requests available

The state Legislature on Wednesday extended the primary election to April 28, and the Hancock...

Local music duo streams concerts on Facebook

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Mental health calls on the rise locally

By SARA ARTHURS STAFF WRITER Precia Stuby, executive director of the Hancock County Board of Alcohol, Drug...

Daily online videos help keep recovery community connected

By SARA ARTHURS STAFF WRITER All right, so you’re social distancing. But everyone should remember: “They do...

Prep wrestling: Tough ending for 8 area seniors

By ANDY WOLF STAFF WRITER Carey's Tanner May wasn't on the mat for the last wrestling match...

Prep sports: A hard pill to swallow

By MICHAEL BURWELL Sports Editor About four months ago, The Courier's sports department was just wrapping up...

Prep sports: OHSAA cancels remaining winter tournaments

By MICHAEL BURWELL Sports Editor The expected and feared for winter tournaments became official on Thursday. The Ohio...

Second COVID-19 case reported in county

A second Hancock County resident has tested positive for COVID-19, the Ohio Department of Health...

Findlay Family YMCA offers pandemic child care

By LOU WILIN STAFF WRITER While many other child care centers have been ordered closed, Findlay Family...

Wyandot County reports first COVID-19 case

UPPER SANDUSKY — Wyandot County Public Health reported Wednesday morning its first lab-confirmed case of...

Findlay restaurant offering free meals

By SARA ARTHURS STAFF WRITER A Findlay restaurant, Punjabi Kitchen, has announced on Facebook it is providing...

Hilty Preschool approved as child care center

PANDORA — Hilty Preschool and Childcare has been approved as a Temporary Pandemic Child Care...

Clean ‘touchables,’ wash hands, repeat

By LOU WILIN Staff Writer Continually clean door knobs, sink handles, bathroom doorknobs, cupboard knobs, toys, tables,...

Make health care decisions before a crisis

By SARA ARTHURS STAFF WRITER What would you want to happen to you if you become severely...

BVHS preparing for patient surge

By SARA ARTHURS STAFF WRITER Blanchard Valley Health System has what would — under normal circumstances —...

Wyandot County reports first confirmed COVID-19 case

UPPER SANDUSKY — Wyandot County Public Health reported Wednesday morning its first lab-confirmed case of...

BVH puts more limits on visits

Effective today, Blanchard Valley Health System will no longer allow visitors because of the COVID-19...

Keckler declares emergency

By SCOTT COTTOS FOR THE COURIER Everyone knows the situation caused by the coronavirus pandemic has been...

Putnam County Courthouse put on emergency designation

OTTAWA — The Putnam County Courthouse will be on a Level 2 emergency designation through...

Firefighters hold coloring contest

The Findlay Fire Department is coming to the rescue of children and their parents who...

Parade surprises birthday boy

By JEANNIE WILEY WOLF Staff Writer It’s not every day that you turn 7, and Brayden Gominger...

Prep spring sports: Umpires, officials affected by suspension

By TED RADICK Staff Writer Spring sports athletes, coaches and fans are sitting in place right now,...

BVHS testing centers log 600 calls

Blanchard Valley Health System reports that, as of Tuesday, its COVID-19 testing center hotlines had...

County commissioners declare state of emergency for potential aid

The Hancock County commissioners declared a “state of emergency” in the county, effective immediately, until...

Blanchard Valley Health System further limits visitation

Effective Wednesday, Blanchard Valley Health System will no longer allow visitors, because of the COVID-19...

Municipal court adjusts schedule

Findlay Municipal Court has announced changes in its court schedule and daily operations as a...

JFS, elections board offfices closed to public

The main lobby of Hancock County Job and Family Services, 7814 Hancock County 140, and...

Public encouraged to keep a diary

By SARA ARTHURS STAFF WRITER The Hancock Historical Museum, which counts many journals and diaries among its...

Being stuck at home doesn’t have to be boring

By SARA ARTHURS STAFF WRITER Are you staying home to avoid spreading or catching coronavirus? If so,...

What workers are essential?

By DENISE GRANT Staff Writer Ohio’s stay-at-home order, which went into effect at 11:59 p.m. Monday, stopped...

50 North director: ‘Let’s reach out’ to older neighbors

By SARA ARTHURS STAFF WRITER Findlay’s senior center, 50 North, is working to keep its members informed...

Chopin Hall offering drive-thru food distribution

Chopin Hall is holding drive-thru food distributions today, Wednesday and Friday for those in need. Reservations...

Courier coverage continues

As our society continues to confront the coronavirus pandemic, we will continue to provide the...

Funeral homes feeling impact

By LINDA WOODLAND FOR THE COURIER It's a tough time to be alive, and an even tougher...

Pets so far seem to be safe from coronavirus

By SCOTT COTTOS FOR THE COURIER Animals are often regarded as members of a family, so it...

DeWine announces stay-at-home order for Ohioans

Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine has announced a stay-at-home order for all Ohioans, issued by Ohio...

Hancock County’s first confirmed COVID-19 case in self-isolation

A Hancock County resident has tested positive for COVID-19. Hancock County Health Commissioner Karim Baroudi said...

Cooper Tire shutting down operations due to COVID-19 concerns

Cooper Tire is temporarily shutting down its manufacturing facilities in North America, including its operations...

First COVID-19 case confirmed in Hancock County

The first positive case of COVID-19 in Hancock County has been confirmed, according to a...

The Courier dedicated to informing readers

By JEREMY SPEER At the beginning of the week, I started a column about sports. It...

Vanlue closing council meeting

Due to coronavirus concerns, the Vanlue Council meeting on Monday will be closed to the...

Community blood drive addresses US shortage

The American Red Cross faces a severe blood shortage due to an unprecedented number of...

County vehicle title office closed

Hancock County Clerk of Courts vehicle title office, 8210 Hancock County 140 Suite E, will...

Hancock County Courthouse closures announced

Effective Monday, the Hancock County Recorder’s Office, the county treasurer’s office and the county auditor’s...

PPE donations sought for EMS

Hancock County Emergency Management Agency is looking for donations of personal protective equipment (PPE) for...

Testing center to open in Bluffton

By SARA ARTHURS STAFF WRITER On Monday, Blanchard Valley Health System will open a COVID-19 testing center...

Dentists, vets halt several treatments

By SARA ARTHURS STAFF WRITER The dentist is, most likely, not in. After an increasingly more forceful series...

A scientific look at coronavirus spread

By SARA ARTHURS STAFF WRITER Can the coronavirus live on surfaces, or in the air, or get...

Worship continues beyond the pews

By JEANNIE WILEY WOLF Staff Writer Just a few weeks before Easter, churches in and around Findlay...

DeWine: Toledo man, 76, Ohio’s first coronavirus-related death

By ANDREW WELSH-HUGGINS Associated Press COLUMBUS — Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine confirmed the state's first death from...

Villages ‘working as a team’ to contain virus

By SARA ARTHURS STAFF WRITER Rural communities face different challenges when preparing for a pandemic than cities...

HPD ‘Virtual Experiences’ offered to the homebound

“Virtual Experiences with the Hancock Park District” can be seen beginning at 1 p.m. today...

Working at home can be difficult

By LOU WILIN Staff Writer Working at home not only is cushy and convenient. The coronavirus has...

Video details virus worries for small towns

By SARA ARTHURS STAFF WRITER BLUFFTON — Residents of Bluffton — aware that their small community has...

Prep sports: OHSAA winter tournaments, spring sports remain postponed

By MICHAEL BURWELL Sports Editor There's still a possibility for high school sports to resume in the...

Pro basketball: UF grad Kimbrough among players to have seasons suspended overseas

By ANDY WOLF STAFF WRITER Martyce Kimbrough first wanted to wait things out. It only took a few...

Prep sports: Findlay High coaches trying to stay optimistic

By DAVE HANNEMAN STAFF WRITER Findlay High School wrestling coach Ben Kirian had mixed expectations when he...

Prep wrestling: Chaotic year for some wrestlers

By ANDY WOLF STAFF WRITER It's been a senior year full of chaos for Van Buren's Cade...

OHSAA winter tournaments, spring sports remain postponed

Ohio High School Athletic Association Executive Director Jerry Snodgrass announced this afternoon that winter sports...

Testing tent

County offices remain open

Hancock County offices will be open during normal business hours, but county offices request residents...

Area jails won’t accept any more local prisoners

By JIM MAURER STAFF WRITER Transporting Hancock County prisoners has become more challenging under the current coronavirus...

The Courier open, with doors closed

As your source for community information, The Courier has been on the forefront of local...

Local restaurants trying to survive

By LOU WILIN Staff Writer When a crisis hits, robbing you of your wheelhouse, you do what...

COVID-19 testing center set up

By SARA ARTHURS STAFF WRITER If you think you might have coronavirus, starting today, you should call...

College sports: Spring seasons never fully warmed up

By ANDY WOLF STAFF WRITER Austin Combs and Meredith Wipper hoped to compete on the national stage...

College sports: Lack of closure affects some UF winter athletes

By ANDY WOLF STAFF WRITER Sporting events at all levels all over the globe came to a...

Prep boys basketball: Area coaches clinging to a sliver of hope

By DAVE HANNEMAN STAFF WRITER Tyson McGlaughlin, Jeff Winslow and Chris Sautter were hoping to spend this...

BVHS establishes COVID-19 ‘Triage and Testing Center’

 Blanchard Valley Health System has established a 24-hour, seven days per week COVID-19 “Triage &...

Owens cancels spring commencement

Owens Community College on Wednesday announced the cancellation of spring commencement. Graduation had been scheduled for May...

Hope House closes office at The Family Center

Hope House has closed its housing office at The Family Center, 1800 N. Blanchard St.,...

Local COVID-19 call center established

Hancock Public Health has announced its response to the COVID-19 outbreak, including a new local...

Students getting free slice from Heavenly Pizza

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Coffee shop offering LOL

By JEANNIE WILEY WOLF Staff Writer In these uncertain times, there’s one thing you can count on:...

Tips for managing anxiety in a pandemic

By SARA ARTHURS STAFF WRITER A lot of people are feeling scared and anxious right now. And...

City taking steps to meet virus threat

By DENISE GRANT Staff Writer There’s police and fire service, water at the tap and the streetlights...

Naloxone available amid pandemic

Those whose loved ones are struggling with opioid addiction can still get naloxone amid the...

Owens goes remote for remainder of semester

Owens Community College announced Tuesday it will transition to alternative delivery for the remainder of...

VITA tax program suspended

United Way of Hancock County has announced that, as a result of the closure of...

Findlay library offers ‘digital library cards’

The Findlay-Hancock County Public Library is now able to create “digital library cards” for individuals...

FCS students to be taught through ‘Remote Education’ program

By DENISE GRANT STAFF WRITER Findlay school board pushed ahead with district business Monday, opting to livestream...

UF goes remote for remainder of semester, cancels spring commencement

The University of Findlay has announced that it will continue remote learning for the remainder...

Health chief halts Ohio’s primary

By the Associated Press COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Ohio's health director was set to order polls closed...

Probate/juvenile court to continue to operate

Hancock County Probate/Juvenile Court will continue to operate, Judge Kristen K. Johnson said in a...

Those with health issues at greatest risk from virus

By SARA ARTHURS STAFF WRITER Are you taking current public health guidelines seriously? If you're young, healthy and...

Ohio health director orders polls closed

Dr. Amy Acton, the director of the Ohio Department of Health, has ordered the polls...

Catholic bishops suspend Masses through Holy Week

Catholic Bishops of Ohio announced Monday to temporarily suspend all publicly celebrated Masses/liturgies, at least...

ONU pharmacy offers free prescription delivery

Ohio Northern University’s HealthWise Pharmacy is offering free prescription delivery service to anyone in Hardin...

DeWine suggests Ohio’s primary election be extended

In a press conference underway now, Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine and Ohio Secretary of State...

Food distribution offered for students missing school meals

A local alliance has been formed to distribute food to students and families impacted by...

CDC’s latest guidance could mean no sports for much longer

By TIM REYNOLDS AP Basketball Writer The already-delayed professional sports seasons in North America could be on...

City Mission taking steps to keep guests, staff safe

By BRENNA GRITEMAN LIFE EDITOR City Mission of Findlay is taking steps to keep its guests, volunteers,...

Findlay library, branches closed

The Findlay-Hancock County Public Library has closed all library branches in response to Gov. Mike...

We are all in this together

To our valued Courier customers: As our communities continue to feel the increased impact of coronavirus...

Prep sports: OHSAA declares no-contact period

The Ohio High School Athletic Association announced Friday in a memo to schools that a...

College sports: GMAC cancels spring sports

The Great Midwest Athletic Conference on Friday ruled to cancel all spring athletics and championships...

BVHS: ‘There is a plan’

By SARA ARTHURS STAFF WRITER "There is a plan." Dr. Bill Kose, vice president of special projects at...

‘Flattening the curve’ explained

By SARA ARTHURS STAFF WRITER Online, you may have seen references to the importance of "flattening...

Findlay asks churches to cancel services

On Friday, Findlay officials appealed to the city's churches to cancel services for the "foreseeable...

Hancock’s early voting soars

By DENISE GRANT Staff Writer Early voting was moving at a feverish pace at the Hancock County...

50 North mobile meals continue

50 North is continuing to provide mobile meals and grocery delivery services to the most...

Arcadia, Arlington in session Monday

For most of Hancock County, Friday was the last day of school for the next...

United Way establishes relief fund

The United Way of Hancock County Relief Fund at First Federal Bank was established as...

School closures announced

By DENISE GRANT Staff Writer Findlay City Schools are planning to flex some technological muscle to keep...

College sports: Division II national tourneys canceled

NCAA President Mark Emmert and its Board of Governors decided on Thursday to cancel all...

Prep basketball: All-Star games canceled

The upcoming 48th Annual Fostoria Athletic Boosters All-Star Basketball games were canceled on Thursday due...

Prep sports: OHSAA postpones regional, state tourneys

The Ohio High School Athletic Association announced Thursday afternoon that all regional and state tournaments...

Chopin Hall changes food distribution procedure

In an effort to protect its volunteers and clients from coronavirus, Chopin Hall will start...

MCPA suspends all shows through April 5

In compliance with Gov. Mike DeWine's executive order banning all gatherings of 100 people or...

Catholic bishops of Ohio issue Mass dispensation

The Catholic bishops of Ohio dispense the Catholic faithful who reside in Ohio and all...

Mayor: Residential water must stay on

In a brief press conference held Thursday by Findlay officials at the city municipal building,...

BVHS limits visitation

In the wake of the current health care climate, Blanchard Valley Health System will be...

School closures announced

By DENISE GRANT Staff Writer Findlay City Schools are planning to flex some technological muscle to keep...

MCPA suspends all shows through April 5

In compliance with Gov. Mike DeWine's executive order banning all gatherings of 100 people or...

BVHS limits visitation due to coronavirus

In the wake of the current health care climate, Blanchard Valley Health System will be...

Ohio’s public schools to shut down, beginning Monday

Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine just announced that he has asked Ohio's public schools to shut...

OHSAA postpones all state winter sports tournaments

The Ohio High School Athletic Association announced this afternoon that all regional and state tournaments...

Findlay prepares for virus spread

By SARA ARTHURS Staff Writer As the coronavirus spreads across Ohio, local institutions are making some changes. Some...

Local colleges cancel classes due to virus

All four colleges and universities in The Courier's coverage area have announced plans to transition...

50 North closed

50 North's Board of Trustees, working directly with Hancock Public Health and following recommendations from...

The Latest: Princess Cruises halts operations for 60 days

The Latest on the coronavirus pandemic: Princess Cruises has announced, due to the new coronavirus, it...

Coronavirus Cancellations and Closures

Findlay Knights of Columbus Leo 957 has suspended its Saturday Night Charitable Bingo until...

Local officials issue coronavirus guidelines

By SARA ARTHURS Staff Writer Stay away from crowds if you're older or in poor health --...

Want to avoid the coronavirus?

By SARA ARTHURS Staff Writer Do you feel scared and helpless as you read the news of...