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Shannan Cooke,
Emergency
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The mission of Bartholomew County Emergency Management is to reduce loss of life and property while protecting our county's critical infrastructure from all types of hazards through a comprehensive, risk-based, emergency management program of mitigation, preparedness, response and recovery.

Emergency Management's goal is to help our citizens prepare for and cope with any type of emergency through the maintenance of the County's emergency operations plan. This document coordinates all fire, law enforcement, medical, and other allied disaster agencies. A large portion of the office's responsibility is to educate the general public and businesses on disaster preparedness and response. The office is also responsible for emergency communications for the community in the event of a large-scale failure.

Emergency Management is the sponsoring agency of the Bartholomew County Search and Rescue Team as well as the Bartholomew County Radio Amateur Civil Emergency Services (R.A.C.E.S.)


Staff

Deputy Director: Natalie Ferrenburg

 

COVID-19 NEW UPDATES

NEW UPDATES

Updated: April 27, 2021 2:00 P.M.

Bartholomew County is currently “Blue” on the county metrics map issued by the Indiana Department of Health.

Countywide Additional Guidelines are in effect beginning April 6 until further notice.

The state (run by Optum) COVID-19 testing site (in Bartholomew County) is located in Fair Oaks Mall. You can Call 888-634-1116 or visit lhi.care/covidtesting to register and schedule a COVID-19 test.

You may also register and schedule a COVID-19 test at the Optum Site or at the Foxpointe Dr. Bartholomew County (Public Health Nursing) at https://www.coronavirus.in.gov/2524.htm or calling 866-254-3933 (for nursing site).

Vaccine registration and information can be completed at ourshot.in.gov. Current eligibility is for first responders, health care workers, and persons 70+ years old.

 

New Updates:

Local officials confirmed as of Tuesday (April 27) that there have been seven thousand eight hundred and thirty-nine (7839) confirmed cases of the COVID-19 virus in Bartholomew County.

There are a cumulative seven hundred and sixteen thousand three hundred and six (716,306) confirmed cases in Indiana and twelve thousand eight hundred and eighty-three (12,883) deaths within the state (one hundred and fifty-five (155) of those residents of Bartholomew County). There have been a total of nine million six hundred and seventy-six thousand five hundred and sixty-one (9,676,561) total tests conducted within the state; forty-one thousand three hundred and thirty-three (41,333) of those tested have been Bartholomew County residents. We have limited the number of reporting cases to this site to those counties surrounding Bartholomew due to the number of increasing cases and counties effected. To view a full list on the ISDH map, click on the following link. This information is updated every day at 12:00 noon. https://www.in.gov/coronavirus/

It is imperative that we, as a community, take whatever measures possible to prevent further spread of the COVID-19 virus. We realize that these actions pose an inconvenience to many businesses and members of our community. Difficult decisions such as this are taken with the utmost care and concern for our citizens and for our health care system as it continues to prioritize care and medical resources to best handle this situation.

 

COVID-19 CLOSURES/CANCELLATIONS

CLOSURES / CANCELLATIONS

Updated: April 27, 2021 2:00 P.M.

Bartholomew County is currently “Blue” on the county metrics map issued by the Indiana Department of Health.

Countywide Additional Guidelines are in effect beginning April 6 until further notice.

The state (run by Optum) COVID-19 testing site (in Bartholomew County) is located in Fair Oaks Mall. You can Call 888-634-1116 or visit lhi.care/covidtesting to register and schedule a COVID-19 test.

You may also register and schedule a COVID-19 test at the Optum Site or at the Foxpointe Dr. Bartholomew County (Public Health Nursing) at https://www.coronavirus.in.gov/2524.htm or calling 866-254-3933 (for nursing site).

Vaccine registration and information can be completed at ourshot.in.gov. Current eligibility is for first responders, health care workers, and persons 70+ years old.

 

Closures/Cancellations:

 

County Services

  • The current CDC guidelines on social distancing is required.
  • Beginning Monday, May 3, 2021, county government buildings will reopen to the public.
  • All employees and Citizens are “strongly encouraged” to wear masks (signs will be posted).
  • Commissioner and Council meetings will be open to attend in-person, but zoom will still be offered if desired.

City services

  • City Hall and Police Office Building closed – appointment only;
  • Animal Care Building closed – appointment only;
  • Donner Center Building closed – appointment only;
  • Utilities Building closed – appointment only; Drive-through open;
  • Fire Stations – closed to public;
  • Hamilton Center – open for use;
  • DPW Building – closed to the public;
  • Transit – buses will continue to run as normal;
  • Parks Open
  • Aviation offices closed – appointment only;

 

Schools

 

COVID-19 COUNTY STATUS

COUNTY STATUS

Updated: April 27, 2021 2:00 P.M.

Bartholomew County is currently “Blue” on the county metrics map issued by the Indiana Department of Health.

Countywide Additional Guidelines are in effect beginning April 6 until further notice.

The state (run by Optum) COVID-19 testing site (in Bartholomew County) is located in Fair Oaks Mall. You can Call 888-634-1116 or visit lhi.care/covidtesting to register and schedule a COVID-19 test.

You may also register and schedule a COVID-19 test at the Optum Site or at the Foxpointe Dr. Bartholomew County (Public Health Nursing) at https://www.coronavirus.in.gov/2524.htm or calling 866-254-3933 (for nursing site).

Vaccine registration and information can be completed at ourshot.in.gov. Current eligibility is for first responders, health care workers, and persons 70+ years old.

 

BARTHOLOMEW COUNTY STATUS:  BLUE

 

 

REQUIREMENTS FOR ALL HOOSIERS:

 

1. Hospitals should implement evidenced-based criteria to reprioritize non-emergent procedures and surgeries to ensure sufficient capacity to care for all patients

2. The overall size of a social gathering or event is strongly recommended to be limited based on a county’s color-coded metric:

• Red – 25 people

• Orange – 50 people

• Yellow – 100 people

• Blue – 250 people

3. Social gatherings and events may take place with these attendance limits:

• Red – may not exceed 25 percent of a facility capacity

• Orange – may not exceed 25 percent of a facility capacity

• Yellow – may not exceed 50 percent of a facility capacity

• Blue – may not exceed 100 percent of a facility capacity

Local Recommendations/Restrictions:

Despite recent improvements and stabilization of COVID-19 cases in our area, viral spread continues in our county; therefore it is important that the community continue its work to prevent this spread by following all public safety measures and guidelines of face coverings, physical distancing of six feet and hand hygiene.  

In light of the Governor’s lifting of the mask mandate effective April 6th, I feel it is extremely important to continue mask wearing when out in public places where close contact with individuals outside of our own households will occur. Indiana’s requirements for face coverings will remain for schools, COVID vaccine and testing clinics, and state buildings. 

I will continue to strongly encourage our local businesses and entities to require the wearing of masks for their customers and staff, for the protection of themselves and others. As we work towards higher vaccination numbers, we must remain vigilant. 

The following guidance and capacity limits as well as safety guidelines are in place according to the Bartholomew County Health Department and Indiana Governors Executive order 21-09.

Social gatherings, public meetings, and all other events will be limited to no more than 250 people, adhering to social distancing guidelines as part of the overall safety plan for events. Attendance may not exceed 100 % of a facility capacity at this time. A thorough safety plan will be reviewed for larger events taking into account Indiana’s color coded designation of counties. 

IHSAA events may not exceed 500 attendees with 250 maximum per opposing team maintaining social distancing and face covering requirements.   

Bartholomew County bars and restaurants continue to have physical distancing recommendations which should be followed at all times. The governor’s executive order encourages individuals from non-household parties to be spaced six feet apart at tables, counters, and other seating arrangements. Face coverings are encouraged when not actively eating or drinking, along with frequent hand washing and proper sanitation. 

Movie theaters, bowling alleys, and similar indoor entertainment venues, larger retailers including groceries and hardware stores, gyms, fitness centers, and personal services should screen employees daily; facial coverings are strongly recommended, as well as social distancing of staff and patrons as part of an overall COVID response plan. 

Such restrictions and recommendations continue as part of the Bartholomew County Health Officers Order and Indiana Governors Executive Order 21-09 declaring a public health emergency for the COVID-19 outbreak. Available for full review at www.in.gov/gov

 

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