BY: DAVID SHEPHERD, NEWS DIRECTOR
JASPER -- Life in Dubois County is a bit different today.
Schools are closed. Restaurants are only serving customers through pick-up and delivery services with dining rooms closed by order of the governor. Events are being cancelled and the White House wants you now to limit crowd sizes to 10.
So far, no one has tested positive for COVID-19 in Dubois or any of our surrounding counties but local health officials say that could change at any time.
Citizens of Dubois County are encouraged to follow the guidance and recommendations from the Governor Holcomb and Indiana State Department of Health. People with symptoms of fever, cough and shortness of breath should call your doctor’s office or the Emergency Department before you arrive and tell them about your recent travels along with your symptoms.
Additional directives from Governor Holcomb include
- Bars, nightclubs and restaurants are required to close to in-person patrons and may provide take-out and delivery services through the end of March
- Large events and mass gatherings have been lowered to no in-person events of more than 50 people.
- Non-essential in-person meetings will be limited to 10 persons or less and should meet virtually whenever possible. High-risk individuals should not attend meetings in person
- Employees over the age of 60 with underlying health conditions are advised to work from home, and agencies should identify work that can be accomplished remotely for those individuals
The most important thing you can do right now is educate yourself about the virus. More information may be found at the Indiana State Department of Health or CDC websites that are linked to the Dubois County Health Department homepage. For the most up to date local information, please visit our county website at https://www.duboiscountyin.org/departments/health_department/index.php