Dubois County Officials Declare Local Disaster, Limit Access to County Buildings


JASPER -- The Dubois County Commissioners have declared a local disaster in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The move allows county officials to issue emergency directives in response to the public health crisis and opens the door for the county to apply for state and federal disaster aide, should that time come.

The Commissioners are also limiting who can enter county buildings starting Wednesday.  Officials will only grant access for essential services, public meetings or by appointment or order of the court.

If you aren’t sure whether your business is essential or not, call ahead and ask.

Also, Indiana governor Eric Holcomb has activated the Indiana National Guard in response to COVID-19.

According to an executive order signed by Mr. Holcomb this week, the Guard is now on standby to “address and assist in this public health emergency."

The executive order also orders restaurants, bars and nightclubs to close all in-person services.  That took effect Tuesday.