NOTICE: This is the Daily COVID-19 Update for Pandemic Information (click for the latest information)

Dubois County and Indiana (NNDC):

 

 

 

 

 

UPDATED: COVID-19 Situation Report and Guidance

 

As of May 18, at 8 a.m., Dubois County Health Department confirms that 43 more positive cases of novel coronavirus (COVID-19) have been identified.  This brings the total to 161 positive cases of COVID-19 in Dubois County residents. 

We are working closely with Indiana State Department of Health and local officials to ensure that close contacts of the patients are identified and monitored.  Everyone who may have an exposure risk to these positives cases are being notified about potential exposures so that appropriate infection control procedures can be followed.  The positive cases are in isolation.

 

Total Positive Cases New Positives Recovered* Deaths
161 43 31 2

   *A person out of isolation and reporting feeling well.

 

Reminder the Dubois County Health Department is only able to report positive cases of Dubois County residence as we receive the results.

The large spike in numbers is to be expected due to the Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH) Strike Team Events that have occurred in our county within the past week. Testing is a primary method in preventing COVID-19 from spreading in a community. Testing helps people isolate and helps slow the spread of transmission.

“Community members need to be cautious.  We all need to continue to follow the guidance and safety precautions and protect ourselves and others as we move forward in the fight against this virus,” says Dr. Ted Waflart, Dubois County Health Officer. 

 

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As of May 5, at 8 a.m., Dubois County Health Department confirms two more positive cases of novel coronavirus (COVID-19) have been identified.  This brings the total of 27 positive cases of COVID-19 in Dubois County residents. 

We are working closely with Indiana State Department of Health and local officials to ensure that contacts of the patients are identified and monitored. Anyone who may have an exposure risk, has been or is being notified about potential exposures so that appropriate infection control procedures can be followed.  The patients are in isolation. 

Continue to practice physical distancing, perform good hygiene, and wear a cloth face covering in public when around others.  #BackOnTrack #InThisTogether

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LATEST UPDATES ON COVID-19 (newest stories at the top):

As of May 4, at 8 a.m., there is a total of 25 positive novel coronavirus (COVID-19) tests among Dubois County residents.    

Phase 2 of Governor Eric Holcomb’s plan to reopen Indiana begins today.  Please refer to backontrack.in.gov for complete information.  Our county government does have the authority to impose stricter restrictions. Presently, the guidance provided in the Back on Track Indiana plan is appropriate for reopening Dubois County at this time.  The state’s as well as the county’s reopening will be continuously reevaluated based on the number of cases and hospitalizations and the health care system’s capacity.  State officials may re-impose certain restrictions if cases spike in particular areas.

The key to advancing to each phase is everyone adhering to the recommended health safety guidelines laid out within the directive by the Governor’s office.  Continue to practice physical distancing, perform good hygiene, and wear a cloth face covering in public when around others.  #BackOnTrack #InThisTogether

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Friday the Governor stated that Indiana is ready to move ahead in a measured way to begin opening our state, hoping to have full lifting of all restrictions lifted by early July.

He hopes to have Indiana back on track by July 4th.

Retail stores will be able to resume operations at 50% capacity while practicing social distancing.  Groups / gatherings of up to 25 people will be allowed.  Those who are able to work from home are still encouraged to do so as much as possible.

Starting May 8th, religious services in the state may resume while practicing social distancing.  Those over 65 or who have other health conditions are encouraged to continue viewing services remotely from home.

Restaurants and bars can reopen on May 11th, practicing social distancing and operating at 50% capacity.  Bar seating must remain closed.  Essential travel restrictions will be lifted. Remaining manufacturers that were not considered essential will be able to open.

Personal care shops like hair salons, spas, barber shops and tattoo parlors can resume services by appointment only and while practicing social distancing.

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As of April 30, at 8 a.m., Dubois County Health Department confirms another positive case of novel coronavirus (COVID-19) has been identified.  This brings the total of 23 positive cases of COVID-19 in Dubois County residents. 

We are working closely with Indiana State Department of Health and local officials to ensure that contacts of the patient are identified and monitored. Anyone who may have an exposure risk, has been or is being notified about potential exposures so that appropriate infection control procedures can be followed.  The patient is in isolation. 

“With the increase of cases this week, it is obvious that COVID-19 is still present in our community. We must continue to be vigilant in our fight against this virus,” said Dr. Ted Waflart, Dubois County Health Officer. “We cannot take this disease for granted and let our guard down. Please be responsible by using cloth masks and social distance in public”.

Dubois County Health Department encourages all to be safe and take precautions, if you must leave your home, maintain physical distancing, wash your hands, and wear a face mask.  #InThisTogether

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As of April 29, at 8 a.m., Dubois County Health Department confirms four more positive cases of novel coronavirus (COVID-19).  This brings the total of 22 positive cases of COVID-19 in Dubois County residents. 

We are working closely with Indiana State Department of Health and local officials to ensure that contacts of the patients are identified and monitored. Anyone who may have an exposure risk, has been or is being notified about potential exposures so that appropriate infection control procedures can be followed.   

Dubois County Health Department encourages all to visit the Indiana State Department of Health website for more comprehensive data on demographics. There is a direct link to the Indiana Data Hub at  https://www.coronavirus.in.gov/  as well as visiting our website at www.duboiscountyin.org

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The coronavirus has forced millions out of work across the United States, including Indiana, and assistance from The State as well as TRI-CAP offer free, local and unbiased help enrolling in Medicaid or Marketplace health insurance. Insurance plans are also available through Hoosier Healthwise and the Healthy Indiana Plan.

As of the end of March 7.3 million Hoosiers are unemployed, 1.1 million of which became unemployed during the month of March when the virus forced hundreds of businesses to furlough or lay off workers as millions of Americans no longer have health insurance coverage through their employer.

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Certain Elective Procedures and Surgeries to Restart Monday at Memorial Hospital

Jasper, IN- On Monday, April 27th, Memorial Hospital and Health Care Center will resume certain elective procedures and surgeries that meet criteria set by executive order 20-22 issued by Governor Eric Holcomb.  Provider offices will be contacting those patients whose procedure or surgery was postponed due to COVID-19.

We remain committed to resuming these elective surgeries in the safest ways for our patients and our staff.  Thank you in advance for your patience and support.

Visitor restrictions remain in place and can be found on the Memorial Hospital website, www.mhhcc.org.

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 Indiana’s official count of positive COVID-19 cases has reached a new milestone with just over 15,000 Hoosiers were confirmed to have the coronavirus.
The number of deaths increased as well, as the department confirmed 813 Hoosiers have passed away from the coronavirus.
So far, 81,708 people across the state have been tested for the virus.

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Indiana says it has the lab capacity to test nearly three times as many Hoosiers for coronavirus. But there are supply issues keeping that from happening.

Technicians need to wear masks and gloves to give you a coronavirus test, and state health commissioner Kristina Box says there aren’t enough to go around. There also aren’t enough of the extra-long swabs used to reach deep into the nose to get a sample. Box says she’s working with the Federal Emergency Management Agency to try to get more.

“The federal government has taken over the supply of a lot of this,” Box says. “It’s not a question of money. I have plenty of money. If I can find them, I buy them.”

Shorter swabs can be used in a pinch, but Box says they aren’t as reliable, especially in people who aren’t yet exhibiting symptoms. She says studies indicate the shorter swabs miss about 60% of those cases.

Box says to reopen businesses safely, the state needs to be able to trace people who have been in contact with virus patients so they can isolate themselves, instead of having to lock down the entire population. If the state can’t identify those patients in the first place through testing, the contact tracing can’t happen.

Box says the state has lab capacity to process 63-hundred tests a day. It’s actually testing about a third of that. Box says the department’s official guidance to doctors is to test patients they suspect have the virus, but she says the decision to order a test is ultimately up to doctors’ professional judgment.

Governor Holcomb is hinting there’ll be an announcement Thursday on lining up more masks and gloves

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Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb has just announced the “Hunker Down Hoosiers” Stay-at-Home order will be extended for two more weeks when it expires Monday.

The governor made no new modifications to the order, as of now.

Expect there to be setbacks with the coronavirus in some places with the economy slowly reopening, says U.S. Surgeon General and former Indiana State Health Commissioner Jerome Adams.

One of the criteria is making sure you have the ability to quickly detect these setbacks and respond to them so one case doesn’t become a thousand cases. Then we can adjust to individual situations as they arise.

Reopening the country based on the severity of the outbreak in each state or region, with governors developing their own formulas for successfully reopening will be based on as needed basis regarding the existing circumstances.

With these guidelines, the Government contends that at this point governors can reopen their states tomorrow if they felt it necessary, but continues to stress the basics: good hygiene and staying home if you’re sick. They also urge governors to put rules in place for employers who would be reopening their businesses.

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Dubois County and Memorial Hospital continue to monitor the COVID-19 numbers coming out of Memorial Hospital in Jasper.

As of Thursday, the hospital has submitted 216 tests.  181 were negative, 14 positive and results are pending on 17 additional tests.

As of the Thursday afternoon update, the state reported 41 additional deaths and 611 new positive cases.  44% of the state’s ICU beds and 75% of the state’s ventilators are currently available.

No deaths have been reported in Dubois County, however, four have died in both Orange and Warrick Counties.  One person has died so far of COVID-19 in Daviess County.

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An second employee at MasterBrand Cabinets in Ferdinand has tested positive for the COVID-19 virus.  The worker was last working on March 31st.

In a statement, a company spokesperson said, “On April 8, we were made aware that an employee working at the plant has tested positive for COVID-19. This employee was last present at our Ferdinand facility on March 31. We are ensuring that all associates who may have been in prolonged close contact with the individual will isolate and monitor symptoms for 14 days. 


READ THE COMPANY’S FULL STATEMENT BELOW….

On April 8, we were made aware that an employee working at the plant has tested positive for COVID-19. This employee was last present at our Ferdinand facility on March 31. We are ensuring that all associates who may have been in prolonged close contact with the individual will isolate and monitor symptoms for 14 days. We have also decided to temporarily close the Ferdinand facility for additional cleaning and sanitation. We will resume normal operations on April 13.

Our thoughts are with our employee and their family. We are continuously monitoring developments in Indiana to make sure we are protecting our workforce, their families, and the communities we call home.”

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 REPORT IT: Indiana Attorney General Concerned With Reports of Price-Gouging Due to Pandemic


INDIANAPOLIS — Dozens of Hoosiers have submitted price-gouging reports to the Indiana Attorney General’s Office since Gov. Eric Holcomb declared a public health emergency, according to Indiana Attorney General Curtis Hill.

Hoosiers have submitted complaints about high prices at grocery stores, home improvement stores, superstores, and more, Hill said Thursday. Consumers say these sellers are charging “excessive amounts” for necessities like toilet paper, food, and cleaning products.

“Hoosier consumers should never have to pay exorbitant prices for essential products, especially amid the coronavirus pandemic, which is causing thousands to suffer financial hardships,” Attorney General Hill said.

The office’s Consumer Protection Division reviews all price-gouging complaints and contacts the consumers who file the complaints. If it is determined that a seller committed an unfair or unconscionable business practice, the office then considers issuing a cease-and-desist letter to that seller.

Attorney General Hill asks Hoosiers who believe they’ve been subjected to excessive prices during the coronavirus pandemic to file complaints with the Consumer Protection Division. Pictures of the prices and products, as well as copies of receipts, are helpful during the review process.

To submit a complaint online, visit https://indianaattorneygeneral.secure.force.com/ConsumerComplaintForm

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Family and Social Services Administration logo

Update on Medicaid policy changes re: COVID-19

In response to the COVID-19 public health emergency, some policy and program changes have been made to help ensure members in our managed care programs (Healthy Indiana Plan, Hoosier Care Connect, Hoosier Healthwise) as well as our Traditional Medicaid members are able to maintain continuous coverage in this critical time.

Member Eligibility

Member health coverage will not be terminated during the public health emergency. Member coverage will only end if a member voluntarily withdraws or moves out of the state. This applies to all full coverage Indiana Health Coverage Programs. It does NOT apply to presumptive eligibility.  Presumptively eligible members must still complete a full IHCP application. This decision was implemented after letters were sent to members whose coverage was set to close on March 31.  Those closures will not take place, and new letters will be sent.

Cost Sharing

All cost sharing is suspended for the duration of the public health emergency. Members who typically had co-payments will not have any co-payments applied starting April 1, 2020. This applies to all IHCP programs including HIP. This includes pharmacy co-payments.

Premiums and POWER Account contributions will be waived for the months of March-August 2020.  This applies to the CHIP program, HIP and MEDWorks. All members who made payments for the month of March or any future months will have those payments applied as credits on their account when payments are required again.

Member coverage will start when eligibility is determined and will not require a first payment in order to begin. Fast Track payments will not be required and we ask that organizations stop making these payments.

Pharmacy

Pharmacies are now allowed to fill prescriptions with name brand drugs in the event that the generic drug the member takes is out of supply. Pharmacies can also now fill some prescriptions early and can fill maintenance prescriptions for 90-days, if requested.

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It is with much regret that I have to announce that our 28th  Annual Jasper Reds Reunion has been postponed indefinitely.

This year’s reunion which had been scheduled for Saturday April 25th has been postponed indefinitely.  It is possible we may try to reschedule it for a date later in 2020, but with the uncertainty inherit with the coronavirus pandemic, it is not considered prudent to try to set a date at this time.

Take care and stay safe,

Tom Alles

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COVID-19: USDOL FFCRA Guidance

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division (WHD) published its first round of implementation guidance pursuant to the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA).   The guidance addresses critical questions such as:

  • How does an employer count its number of employees to determine coverage?
  • How can small businesses obtain an exemption?
  • How does an employer count hours for part-time employees?
  • How does an employer calculate wages employees are entitled to under the FFCRA?

The initial WHD guidance is available in three-parts:

 

DOL COVID-19 Information: https://www.dol.gov/coronavirus

The Department of Labor encourages you to forward this information to workers and employers in your state

 

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The Dubois County Health Department is accepting donations of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) as hospitals are facing a shortage of supplies. 

Across the country and in Indiana, Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), supplies are running low.  Dubois County Health Department will accept homemade face masks, along with other PPE such as surgical face masks, N95 face masks, surgical gloves, medical face shields, and exam gloves.

Full boxes of supplies are preferable, but partial boxes or individual donations are acceptable as long as the supplies are clean and unused.

Please place donations in a drop box located inside the double doors at the health department Monday through Friday 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Thank you for your generosity in helping keep our community safe!

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Governor Eric Holcomb signed an executive order Thursday, several new efforts, including:

  • The Department of Workforce Development (DWD) has suspended the one-week waiting period that is required before paying unemployment benefits to allow claimants to receive their checks more quickly. The suspension is retroactive to March 8, 2020.  Attached are Q&A.
  • Hoosiers with chronic health issues will be able to receive a 90-day supply of their non-controlled prescription medication, such as insulin or cholesterol medications.
  • Medicaid recipients can use their benefits to cover costs of using alternate forms of transportation, such as ride-sharing services, for appointments to see their healthcare providers.
  • The Family and Social Services Administration (FSSA) has additional funding flexibility to allow for additional home delivery of meals.
  •  The Department of Local Government Finance (DLGF) has extended deadlines related to local government finances.

You can read the full executive order here.

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NEED TO KNOW DETAILS MADE EASY FOLLOWING GOVERNOR’S STAY AT HOME ORDER:

The Governor is calling on all Hoosiers to stay at home unless you have essential business (outlined below).  He’s also asking you to buy groceries only when you need them, and not to hoard food and other supplies. The next two weeks are critical in slowing the spread of  this virus.
The first positive case of COVID-19 in Indiana was reported on March 6. Since then the number of positive cases has increased on a near daily basis, escalating as the capacity to test has grown. As of this morning, the number of tests completed in Indiana is 1,960, the number of positive cases is 259 and 7 deaths have been reported.

Indiana State Police say if a person is known to be violating the Stay-at-Home order and refusing to comply, they may be charged with a Class B misdemeanor.

The order goes until at least April 6th.  State leaders will re-assess when that time comes.

The state released the following information about the governor’s order….


When does the order take effect?

The Stay-At-Home Order takes effect Tuesday, March 24 at 11:59 p.m. ET.

When does the order end?

The order ends on Monday, April 6, at 11:59 p.m. ET, but could be extended if the outbreak warrants it.

Where does the order apply?

The Stay-At-Home Order applies to the entire state of Indiana. Unless you work for an essential business or are doing an essential activity, you must stay home.

Is this mandatory or a recommendation?

This order is mandatory. For the safety of all Hoosiers, people must stay home and prevent the spread of COVID-19.

How will this order be enforced?

Staying home is critical to reducing the spread of COVID-19 in your community. Adhering to the order will save lives, and it is the responsibility of every Hoosier to do their part. However, if the order is not followed, the Indiana State Police will work with local law enforcement to enforce this order. The Indiana State Department of Health and the Alcohol and Tobacco Commission will enforce the restaurant and bar restrictions.

Will the Indiana National Guard enforce this order?

No. The Indiana National Guard is aiding in planning, preparation and logistics with other state agencies. For example, the Indiana National Guard assists in distributing hospital supplies the state receives.

What is an essential business?

Essential businesses and services include but are not limited to grocery stores, pharmacies, gas stations, police stations, fire stations, hospitals, doctor’s offices, health care facilities, garbage pickup, public transit, and public service hotlines such as SNAP and HIP 2.0.

A list can be found in the Governor’s executive order at in.gov/coronavirus.

What is an essential activity?

Essential activities include but are not limited to activities for health and safety, necessary supplies and services, outdoor activity, certain types of essential work, and to take care of others.

A list can be found in the Governor’s executive order at in.gov/coronavirus.

I work for an essential business. Will I be allowed to travel to and from work?

Law enforcement will not be stopping drivers on their way to and from work, traveling for an essential activity such as going to the grocery store, or just taking a walk.

Will the grocery store/pharmacy be open?

Yes, grocery stores and pharmacies are essential services.

Can I still order take out/delivery from restaurants and bars?

Yes, restaurants and bars can continue to provide takeout and delivery, but should be closed to dine-in patrons.

Can I get my groceries delivered? Can I still get my online orders delivered?

Yes, you can still receive packages, get groceries delivered, and get meals delivered.

How can I get medical care?

If you develop symptoms such as fever, cough and/or difficulty breathing, and have been in close contact with a person known to have COVID-19 or have recently traveled from an area with ongoing spread of COVID-19, stay home and call your healthcare provider.

If you suspected you have COVID-19, please call the healthcare provider in advance so that proper precautions can be taken to limit further transmission. Older patients and individuals who have severe underlying medical conditions or are immunocompromised should contact their healthcare provider early, even if their illness is mild.

If you have severe symptoms, such as persistent pain or pressure in the chest, new confusion or inability to arouse, or bluish lips or face, contact your healthcare provider or emergency room and seek care immediately, but please call in advance if possible. Your doctor will determine if you have signs and symptoms of COVID-19 and whether you should be tested.

Nonessential medical care such as eye exams and teeth-cleaning should be postponed. When possible, health care visits should be done remotely. Contact your health care provider to see what telehealth services they provide.

What is the guidance for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities?

State-operated developmental centers, intermediate care facilities for individuals with developmental disabilities and community integrated living arrangements will continue to provide care. All in-home direct care staff are considered essential staff and should continue to support individuals in the home setting.

If you have specific questions about your support and services, reach out to your provider or individual service coordination agency.

What if I still have to go to work?

You should stay home unless your work is an essential function such as a health care provider, grocery store clerk or first responder. If you have been designated essential by your employer, you should continue to go to work and practice social distancing.

A list of essential businesses can be found in the Governor’s executive order at in.gov/coronavirus.

What if I think my business should be closed, but they’re still asking me to report to work?

Essential businesses will remain open during the stay-at-home order to provide services that are vital to the lives of Hoosiers. If you believe your business is nonessential but still are being asked to show up to work, you may discuss it with your employer.

A certain service is essential for me, but the governor didn’t include it. What do I do?

The stay-at-home order was issued to protect the health, safety and well-being of Hoosiers. Although some businesses such as fitness centers and salons will be closed, essential services will always be available. For a list of essential businesses that will continue to operate during the order, visit in.gov/coronavirus.

Will public transportation, ride-sharing and taxis continue?

Public transportation, ride-sharing and taxis should only be used for essential travel.

Will roads in Indiana be closed?

No, the roads will remain open. You should only travel if it is for your health or essential work.

Can I still take a plane out of Indiana?

Planes and other types of transportation should be used for essential travel.

What if my home is not a safe environment?

If it is not safe for you to remain home, you are able and encouraged to find another safe place to stay during this order. Please reach out so someone can help. You can call the domestic violence hotline at 1-800-799-SAFE or your local law enforcement.

What about homeless people who cannot stay at home?

The administration wants to protect the health and safety of all Hoosiers, regardless of where they live. State agencies are partnering with community organizations to ensure the homeless population has safe shelter.

Can I visit friends and family?

For your safety, as well as the safety of all Hoosiers, you should remain at home to help fight the spread of COVID-19. You may visit family members who need medical or other essential assistance, such as ensuring an adequate food supply.

Can I walk my dog or go to the veterinarian?

You are allowed to walk your dog and seek medical care for your pet should they require it. Practice social distancing while out on walks, maintaining at least 6 feet from other neighbors and their pets.

Can I take my kids to the park?

State parks remain open, but welcome centers, inns, and other buildings are closed. Families will be able to go outside and take a walk, run or bike ride, but they should continue to practice social distancing by remaining 6 feet away from other people. Playgrounds are closed because they pose a high risk of increasing spreading the virus.

Can I attend a religious service?

Large gatherings, including church services, will be canceled to slow the spread of COVID-19. Religious leaders are encouraged to continue livestreaming services while practicing social distancing with one another.

Can I leave my home to exercise?

Outdoor exercise such as running or taking a walk is acceptable. However, gyms, fitness centers and associated facilities will be closed to reduce the spread of the coronavirus. While exercising outside, you still should practice social distancing by running or walking at least 6 feet away from other people.

Can I go to the hair salon, spa, nail salon, tattoo parlor or barber shop?

No, these businesses are ordered closed.

Can I leave my home to do laundry?

Yes, Laundromats, dry cleaners and laundry service providers are considered essential businesses.

Can I take my child to daycare?

Yes, daycares are considered an essential business.

Can I pick up meals at my child’s school?

Yes, Schools that provide free food services to students will continue on a pickup and take-home basis.

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COVID-19 NEWS FOR PARENTS:

What should I say when explaining COVID-19 to my children?
• Remain calm and reassuring. Remember that children will react to both what you say and how
you say it. They will pick up cues from the conversations you have with them and with others.
• Make time to talk. Be sure children know they can come to you when they have questions.
• Avoid language that might blame others and lead to stigma.
• Remember that viruses can make anyone sick, regardless of a person’s race or ethnicity.
Avoid making assumptions about who might have COVID-19. Pay attention to what children see
or hear on television, radio or online.
• Consider reducing the amount of screen time focused on COVID-19. Too much information on
one topic can lead to anxiety. Provide information that is honest and accurate. Give children
information that is truthful and appropriate for the age and developmental level of the child.
• Talk to children about how some stories on COVID-19 on the Internet and social media may
be based on rumors and inaccurate information.
• Teach children everyday actions to reduce the spread of germs.
• Remind children to stay away from people who are coughing or sneezing or sick.
• Remind them to cough or sneeze into a tissue or their elbow, then throw the tissue into the
trash.
• Get children into a handwashing habit.
• Teach them to wash their hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after
blowing their nose, coughing, or sneezing; going to the bathroom; and before eating or
preparing food.
• If soap and water are not available, teach them to use hand sanitizer. Hand sanitizer should
contain at least 60% alcohol. Supervise young children when they use hand sanitizer to prevent
swallowing alcohol, especially in schools and childcare facilities

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In all, the Governor has issued  four executive orders:

➡️ EO 20-08. Stay at Home.

Provides for essential and non-essential business and operations, infrastructure, government services, travel, and activities outside of one’s home. Click here for answers to frequently asked questions regarding the stay-at-home order.

➡️ EO 20-09. Continuity of State Operations.

Provides for the continuing operation of state government from 5 p.m. today through 8 a.m. April 7 with restricted access to government buildings and services.

➡️ EO 20-10. Enforcement Directive Regarding Prohibition of In-Person Dining.

Directs that state and local boards of health and the Indiana Alcohol and Tobacco Commission (ATC) take all available administrative and enforcement actions against establishments that continue to offer in-house dining services, in violation of the governor’s executive order of March 16.

Health departments will deliver letters ordering restaurants that continue to provide in-person dining to cease such operations. If they do not comply, fines will be levied.

For restaurants with alcohol permits that continue to offer in-person dining, the ATC will issue an order in writing for the establishment to cease such operations. If the activity continues, the ATC will suspend the entity’s liquor license and will consider the non-compliance at the time of permit renewal.

➡️ EO 20-11. Provisions for carryout consumption of alcohol.

Relaxes the sale of carryout alcoholic beverages for dining establishments. This includes establishments that allow for on-premises consumption only and those that are permitted carryout permits dependent on a percentage of on-premises sales.

Links to all executive orders may be found here: https://www.in.gov/gov/2384.htm

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Schools will stay closed possibly through May and your tax filing deadline has been extended. This as Indiana continues its attempts to cushion the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.

  • Governor Holcomb says your state taxes won’t be due till July 15, and schools won’t reopen until at least May 1. He’s also canceled this year’s ILEARN and IREAD tests –he says if, “by some miracle,” schools reopen this semester, the time should be spent on instruction, not testing.Delayed spending for university construction has been put on hold for now.  Unemployment numbers in the Nation and Indiana continue to climb and diverting funding to those in need is important. The stress on the state budget is not yet clear but according to the Governor there is still the state’s rainy day fund if needed.Holcomb’s also issued an order barring any new evictions or foreclosures, and directing utilities not to disconnect anyone.while the public health emergency declaration remains in effect, which will be at least through May 5.The May 5 primary, as of now is still on, though it is under discussion with Secretary of State Connie Lawson, who oversees Indiana elections.The office of Management and Budget director states that the state is looking for help from the Indiana Restaurant and Lodging Association to suspend sales, food and beverage, and innkeeper’s taxes. For now, those taxes remain in effect. It is worth noting that the Governor is granting property tax payers a two-month waiver of late fees if they miss the May 11 deadline.
  • PRIMARY DETAILS:Gov. Holcomb’s update on Covid-19 State plans on March 19, 2020 at 1:00 p.m. mentioned, at this time there is no change for the 2020 Primary for the State of Indiana.  The 2020 Primary Election is scheduled on May 5, 2020.  As the Dubois County Election Board prepares for the Primary we would like to encourage you to know some options to help yourselves stay protected.  Please keep a few dates in mind:  Voter Registration closes April 6, 2020 at 4:00 p.m.  If you need to register to vote or update your registration, you must do this prior to April 6, 2020 at 4:00 pm.  Registrations received after April 6, 2020 at 4:00 p.m. will be processed after the May 5, 2020 Primary election.  To register or update your voter registration status we ask you to go to:  www.indianavoters.com.Early Voting by mail:  This is a two-step process.  
    1. Request and return a signed application to vote by mail.
    2. Filled out ballot must be returned to Clerk’s office.

    Applications can be received by going online at: https://www.in.gov/sos/elections/2402.htm or by calling Clerk’s office: 812-481-7035.

    DEADLINE: Applications to vote by mail must be returned to the Clerk’s office for processing no later than April 23, 2020 at 11:59 p.m.  This will prompt the Clerk’s office to mail you the ballot.  

    DEADLINE: Ballots must be returned to the Clerk’s office no later than noon on May 5, 2020 at noon.

  • BANKS CHANGE BUSINESS PROFILE TO ADJUST: Several local banks have adjusted their business operations to the pandemic. Old National Bank and German American Bank have both announced that by the end of Friday, there will be no service in their public lobbies. They WILL continue to operate Via drive through or Via online banking. Many of the internal employees are working out of their home offices and are still able to assist customers, just not in a personal setting. Please do not the current health crisis impact your business and be patient as the new system of operation takes effect.

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