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

Dubois County and Indiana (NNDC):

 

 

 

 

 

UPDATED: COVID-19 Situation Report and Guidance For Indiana and Local Areas:

The Indiana State Department of Health has released a new map on its COVID-19 Dashboard that color-codes counties based on the positivity rate. Officials hope this will aide schools and local governments in making decisions based on guidelines from the state and federal governments.

Dubois, Daviess and Knox Counties have been classified as ORANGE (See what that means on the chart below).

Martin County currently has the highest positivity rate in the state and is currently the only county in our area that is classified as RED.


CODE BLUE:

  • Schools can operate all grades in person while limiting activities where social distancing is not feasible.
  • Extra-curricular activities to follow local and state guidelines, including distancing and masks, and limit spectators.
  • Outreach to encourage public to continue with precautions.

CODE YELLOW:

  • Schools can continue all grades in person but increase vigilance in distancing, hand hygiene and masks.
  • No assemblies or activities if social distancing is not feasible.
  • Postpone or cancel extra-curricular activities as warranted, consider allowing only parents or close family to attend athletic and other events.
  • Work with local health department to determine if increased precautions and public outreach should begin to halt the spread.

CODE ORANGE:

  • Grade schools continue in-person; strong recommendation for hybrid learning for middle and high school students.
  • No assemblies or large group activities.
  • Strong recommendation to limit extracurricular activities and have competitors and participants only, with no in-person attendees.
  • Discussions with parents about limiting social events outside of school.
  • County education leaders work with local health department to consider implementing aggressive prevention efforts in schools and communities.

CODE RED:

  • Grade schools remain in-person or consider hybrid learning; middle and high schools consider virtual learning.
  • No assemblies or large group activities.
  • Extracurricular activities canceled.
  • Discourage social events.
  • County education leaders work with local health department to consider implementing aggressive prevention efforts in schools and communities.

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Dubois County again leads the State leads the State in new positive COVID cases. Most positive cases are among young people who regularly do NOT use masks and spread the virus to their family and those susceptible to the disease.

August 14, 12p.m.  The Dubois County Health Department received information that 1 new related death of COVID-19 has been recorded in Dubois County. That brings the total number of Dubois County deaths related to COVID-19 to 13 isolation.

 “We mourn the death and extend our prayers and sympathies to the individual’s family and friends,” said Dr. Ted Waflart, Dubois County Health Officer.  “This serves as an unfortunate reminder to all of the Dubois County community about the importance of following the recommended guidelines to stop the spread of this virus and help protect our most vulnerable neighbors.  We cannot stress enough for you all to wear a mask when around others, practicing social distancing, and wash your hands frequently.”  

 

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Indiana once again postponed full reopening of the State until Midnight August 27th. The current stage 4.5 guidelines are staying in place until at least with future adjustments to follow is the pandemic worsens. He stresses again EVERYONE out WEAR MASKS and practice good social distancing.

For further information in a previous update below.

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The Dubois County Health Department is reporting 21 new positive cases of novel coronavirus (COVID-19) in the county as of Monday morning.

That brings the total to 626 positive cases of COVID-19 in Dubois County residents since the pandemic began. 21 new positive cases were recorded over the weekend and 1 more death. Indiana is the 2nd largest county in the State in positives at just over a 23% of those testing as infected. The is more than double the state average.

 From the Dubois County Health Department as of Monday morning.  

Total Positive Cases New Positives Recovered* Deaths Approx. Total Tested
626 21 367 12 5019

   *A p   *A person out of isolation and reporting feeling well.

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The U.S. Census Bureau is in a unique position to produce data on the social and economic effects of COVID-19 on American households and small businesses. Here are the latest updates on several of our experimental data products.

Household Pulse Survey Updates

Based on responses collected July 9 through July 14, the Household Pulse Survey estimates that during the COVID-19 pandemic:

  • 50.1% of American adults live in households which have experienced a loss in employment income
  • 35.1% of American adults expect to experience a loss in employment income
  • 10.8% of Americans lived in households where there was either sometimes or often not enough to eat in the previous 7 days
  • 40.6% of adults had delayed getting medical care in the previous 4 weeks
  • 25.3% of respondents reported having little interest or pleasure in doing things more than half the days/nearly every day last week
  • 23.3% of respondents reported feeling down more than half the days/nearly every day last week
  • 33.8% of respondents reported feeling anxious or nervous more than half the days/nearly every day last week
  • On average, households spent $212.79 a week to buy food at supermarkets, grocery stores, online, and other places to be prepared and eaten at home
  • 26.4% of adults either missed last month’s rent or mortgage payment, or had slight or no confidence that their household could make the next payment on time

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Indiana will stay at stage 4.5 of the governor’s reopening plan for, at least, another month.

The pause will go through, at least, August 27th.

The governor’s decision to pause his own reopening plan comes as the state’s positivity rate has risen to 8.9%.

Holcomb says if you’re behind on rent or mortgage payments, he’s extending the no eviction or foreclosure date through Aug. 14.

The Indiana State Department of Health said Thursday 630 more Hoosiers tested positive for the coronavirus, out of 7,464 new tests reported, meaning 8.4% came back positive, about a half-percent lower rate than Tuesday. 2,733 Hoosiers have died from the coronavirus — eight more reported than Tuesday.

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Several large retailers as well as many local stores are now REQUIRING Customers to wear Masks. This has been motivated by the increases of COVID throughout the Country as well as locally in Dubois county. The Governor has put the full reopening plan on hold temporarily to help curb the rise in both cases and deaths. Health officials still the best way to stay healthy is to wear a mask and wash your hands and socially distance from others. Not just for your own protection but out of respect for your fellow citizens as well.

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As of July 14, at 8 a.m., there are 25 new positive cases of novel coronavirus (COVID-19) to report. That brings the total to 344 positive cases of COVID-19 in Dubois County residents. And as of Tuesday a 7th death in the County has been confirmed.

 

 

Total Positive Cases New Positives Recovered* Deaths Approx. Total Tested
344 25 257 6 3484

   *A p   *A person out of isolation and reporting feeling well. isolation

 

The Dubois County Health Department, Dubois County Emergency Management Agency, and our local response partners are continuing to work in close partnership with one another in order to best support our wonderful community.  The increase in cases of COVID-19 in our community reminds us the vital importance of taking precautions to protect the health and safety of our residents.  The recommendations have not changed: Wear a cloth face covering when in public, maintain social distancing, wash your hands frequently, and stay home if you are feeling ill.  Educate yourself by listening to reliable sources and authorities.  Take care of your friends and neighbors by checking in on them via phone or emails.

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Governor Delays Stage 5 reopening for now as cases begin to rise:

 Indiana governor Eric Holcomb says the state will not proceed to Stage 5 on July 4th as originally planned due to a spike in COVID-19 cases.
“Stage 4.5” will temporarily pause increases in capacity limits put on restaurants, bars and entertainment venues.  Most outdoor activities, including local parades and fireworks shows, have been given the green light, with proper social distancing and masks.
“This virus is on the prowl,” Holcomb said during a press briefing a short time ago. “In some places it’s gaining momentum. It’s not slowing down.”

The Indiana State Department of Health announced Wednesday that 371 additional Hoosiers have been diagnosed with COVID-19.

SEE THE FULL PRESS RELEASE SENT TO WITZ A SHORT TIME AGO…

Governor Eric J. Holcomb announced Wednesday the state will modify the Back On Track Indiana plan through at least July 17.

While a few restrictions will lift on July 4 in version 4.5 of the plan, most will stay in place. Elkhart County will remain fully in Stage 4 until at least July 17. Local governments may impose more restrictive guidelines.

“While most of our health indicators remain positive, our data indicates a need to be extra cautious, which is why we will pause much of our Back on Track roadmap,” Gov. Holcomb said. “I urge Hoosiers to maintain vigilance in social distancing and wearing masks so we can continue to reopen our state for business.”

Gov. Holcomb has used data to drive decisions since the state’s first case of the novel coronavirus in early March and he continues to do so as the state continues a sector-by-sector reset. The state will move to reopen while continuing to monitor and respond to these four guiding principles:

·  The number of hospitalized COVID-19 patients statewide has decreased for 14 days

·         The state retains its surge capacity for critical care beds and ventilators

·         The state retains its ability to test all Hoosiers who are COVID-19 symptomatic as well as health care workers, first responders, and frontline employees

·         Health officials have systems in place to contact all individuals who test positive for COVID-19 and expand contact tracing

Through at least July 17, the following restrictions will continue:

·         Social gatherings following the CDC’s social distancing guidelines will be limited to up to 250 people. This limit applies to wedding receptions, parties, and other events where people are in close physical contact for extended periods of time, particularly indoors.

·         Dining room food service may continue operations at up to 75 percent capacity as long as social distancing is observed. Bar seating in restaurants may continue operations at 50 percent capacity. Bars and nightclubs may continue operations open at 50 percent capacity as long as they adhere to social distancing guidelines.

·         Cultural, entertainment and tourism sites may continue operations open at 50 percent capacity.

·         Movie theaters, bowling alleys and similar facilities may continue operations open at 50 percent capacity.

·         Amusement parks, water parks and similar facilities may continue operations open at 50 percent capacity. Reservations are encouraged to limit the number of customers at any one time.

·         Raceways may continue operations open at 50 percent grandstand capacity.

Beginning July 4, fairs, festivals and other similar outdoor events may open. Pari-mutuel horse racing and county and state fair racing may begin with 50 percent spectator capacity. Youth overnight camps may open.

K-12 school operations may begin the 2020-21 academic year on July 1. Extra-curricular, co-curricular activities may resume July 6.

Outdoor visitation is required at assisted living facilities and nursing homes beginning July 4 and indoor visitation may begin. Hospital visitations with precautions are encouraged.

Hoosiers 65 and over and those with high-risk health conditions – who are the most vulnerable to the coronavirus – should adhere to social distancing guidelines and remain cautious. Face coverings in public places are highly recommended.

Gov. Holcomb and Indiana State Department of Health Commissioner Dr. Kris Box, M.D., FACOG, today announced a statewide initiative to encourage Hoosiers to wear masks to limit the spread of COVID-19.

The #MaskUpHoosiers initiative is launching with videos and photos of state government leaders, celebrities, and Hoosiers from all walks of life sharing their heartfelt reasons for wearing a mask in public, which is one of the strongest steps possible to limit the spread of COVID-19, saving lives and allowing the state to continue its phased re-opening. Additional photos and videos will be featured as the educational campaign progresses. Visit www.coronavirus.in.gov/maskuphoosiers to learn more.

To learn more about the different stages and the associated dates to get a better understanding about where we’re going as a state, click here to see the full plan: BackOnTrack.in.gov

The Governor signed an executive order implementing these changes to the Back on Track Indiana roadmap. The Governor also signed an executive order extending the public health emergency through Aug. 3. The executive orders can be found here: https://www.in.gov/gov/2384.htm

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Just Announced-The remaining 2020 shows at the historic Astra theatre to be postponed.

The Next Act strives to bring high-quality and enjoyable events to our community, and the 2020 season has already been filled with highly anticipated shows. However, the COVID-19 pandemic has wreaked havoc on all aspects of our lives over the past few months, and the coming months are very much still in flux. Therefore, it is with heavy hearts, that the Next Act is announcing the postponement of all remaining shows from the 2020 season.

   

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