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Shannan Hinton,
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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: January 29, 2021 1:00 P.M.

Bartholomew County is currently “Orange” on the county metrics map issued by the Indiana Department of Health. Note that the county was flagged with an alert this time due to a large number of the weekly cases being attributed to congregate settings. Please limit these events to control the spread of this virus.

The Governor’s Latest Executive Order 21-02 restrictions will begin on February 1 and will continue through February 28, 2021.

Countywide Additional Guidelines are in effect beginning 12:00 (noon) November 21 until further notice.

MASK UP HOOSIERS – A statewide mask mandate issued by Governor Holcomb is in effect beginning July 27 until further notice.

https://www.coronavirus.in.gov/maskuphoosiers/index.htm

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 Friday (January 29) that there have been six thousand seven hundred and twenty-seven (6764) confirmed cases of the COVID-19 virus in Bartholomew County.

There are a cumulative six hundred and twenty-two thousand six hundred and twenty-five (622,625) confirmed cases in Indiana and nine thousand five hundred and forty-nine (9,549) deaths within the state (one hundred and two (102) of those residents of Bartholomew County). There have been a total of six million nine hundred twenty-nine thousand two hundred and five (6,929,205) total tests conducted within the state; thirty-five thousand seven hundred and forty-seven (35,747) 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/

Bartholomew (6764)

Brown (900)

Decatur (2528)

Jackson (4348)

Jennings (2036)

Johnson (15,456)

Shelby (4297)

Monroe (9622)

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.

 

Prevention

The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus and follow the below recommendations for preventing the spread of respiratory diseases:

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.   Practice social distancing of at least 6 feet.
    • Where a mask when out in public.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
  • Follow CDC’s recommendations for using a facemask.
    • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.  If you’re unable to use soap, sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol can be used.

Here are some of the registered disinfectants from the EPA’s list that can be used against the coronavirus:

Clorox Multi Surface Cleaner + Bleach

Clorox Disinfecting Wipes

Clorox Commercial Solutions® Clorox® Disinfecting Spray

Lysol brand Heavy-Duty Cleaner Disinfectant Concentrate

Lysol Disinfectant Max Cover Mist

Lysol brand Clean & Fresh Multi-Surface Cleaner

Purell Professional Surface Disinfectant Wipes

Sani-Prime Germicidal Spray

 

COVID-19 CLOSURES/CANCELLATIONS

CLOSURES / CANCELLATIONS

Updated: January 29, 2021 1:00 P.M.

Bartholomew County is currently “Orange” on the county metrics map issued by the Indiana Department of Health. Note that the county was flagged with an alert this time due to a large number of the weekly cases being attributed to congregate settings. Please limit these events to control the spread of this virus.

The Governor’s Latest Executive Order 21-02 restrictions will begin on February 1 and will continue through February 28, 2021.

Countywide Additional Guidelines are in effect beginning 12:00 (noon) November 21 until further notice.

MASK UP HOOSIERS – A statewide mask mandate issued by Governor Holcomb is in effect beginning July 27 until further notice.

https://www.coronavirus.in.gov/maskuphoosiers/index.htm

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:

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;

 

County Services

  • The current guidelines listed below have been extended through April 5, 2021 at this time. (Extended further if need be).
  • For the period of February 1, 2021 through April 5, 2021, this includes the following:
    • Public Access by appointment only continues– one (1) individual only for each appointment (with exceptions)
    • No in-person meetings (must use zoom) scheduled in county buildings until Monday, April 5, 2021 (Extended further if need be)
    • Commissioners and Council public meetings will continue to be held by (Zoom only) until Monday, April 5, 2021 (Extended further if need be)
    • GOB & Courthouse employees will continue with current access procedures in place until Monday, April 5, 2021 (Extended further if need be)

Schools

 

  • Based on a review of both internal (BCSC) and external (community) data, BCSC will continue with its hybrid instructional model for secondary students (grades 7-12) for two more weeks. The model will again be evaluated for change on Thursday, February 11 (impacting Monday, February 15). Additionally, the virtual options in place for first semester remain in place for second semester.
  • Basado en una revisión de datos internos (BCSC) y externos (comunidad), BCSC continuará con su modelo de instrucción Hybrid para estudiantes de secundaria (grados 7-12) durante dos semanas más. El modelo volverá a ser evaluado para cambios el jueves 11 de febrero (a partir del lunes 15 de febrero). Además, las opciones virtuales vigentes para el primer semestre permanecen vigentes para el segundo semestre.

 

 

COVID-19 COUNTY STATUS

COUNTY STATUS

Updated: January 29, 2021 1:00 P.M.

Bartholomew County is currently “Orange” on the county metrics map issued by the Indiana Department of Health. Note that the county was flagged with an alert this time due to a large number of the weekly cases being attributed to congregate settings. Please limit these events to control the spread of this virus.

The Governor’s Latest Executive Order 21-02 restrictions will begin on February 1 and will continue through February 28, 2021.

Countywide Additional Guidelines are in effect beginning 12:00 (noon) November 21 until further notice.

MASK UP HOOSIERS – A statewide mask mandate issued by Governor Holcomb is in effect beginning July 27 until further notice.

https://www.coronavirus.in.gov/maskuphoosiers/index.htm

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.

 

 

COUNTY STATUS: ORANGE

AS OF JANUARY 29, 2021

 

ORANGE. The county has a point score of 2.0 to 2.5 when percent positivity and new cases per 100,000 residents are combined. Community spread is approaching high levels. These requirements are in effect when a county reaches the orange metric and remain until a county moves to yellow or blue for two straight weeks. Local officials may impose further restrictions.

• All general requirements are in effect

• Social gatherings are recommended to be no more than 50 people

• Events and social gatherings may take place at up to 25 percent capacity when all other guidelines, including social distancing, face coverings, and plans to mitigate COVID-19 are in place

• K-12 extracurricular and co-curricular activities, community recreational sports, and college and professional sports, are included and should be coordinated with local health departments

• School communities should regularly review plans for all extra-curricular activities and assemblies to ensure the best mitigation practices are being followed

• Communities should evaluate the source of positive tests, undertake targeted testing, quarantine, and isolate

• Local public health officials, health care providers, elected officials, school leadership and other key local leaders must convene regularly to discuss actions that could be implemented to decrease the spread of COVID in their communities

• Businesses should evaluate capacity in common areas and break rooms and reduce use; users should be socially distanced

Countywide Additional Restrictions

There is a continued requirement for adherence to requirements for Face Coverings, Social Distancing, Frequent Hand Washing, and Sanitation of frequently touched surfaces to slow the spread of the COVID -19 Virus.

Of Specific Public Health Importance in this announcement are a summary of the following guidelines that become effective Noon, November 21, 2020 until further notice.

  • Bars, Nightclubs, and bar seating at restaurants may not exceed 25 % capacity adhering to social distancing guidelines.
  • Movie Theaters, Bowling Alleys, and similar indoor entertainment venues may not exceed 50 % capacity adhering to social distancing guidelines.
  • Dining room food service, “Big Box” Retailers including food and hardware, essential businesses and similar facilities may not exceed 50% capacity adhering to social distancing guidelines.
  • Social Gatherings, meetings and events are limited to no more than 50 people adhering to social distancing guidelines. Submitted Plans for larger events will be asked to not exceed 50 attendees, and may be reduced to 25 attendees if the county goes into red level.
  • Gyms, Fitness Centers, Personal Services, and similar facilities are to operate in a reduced capacity equal to 50 % with restrictions. Screen employees daily, wear face coverings, and equipment must be spaced to accommodate social distancing. Equipment must be cleaned after each use and between uses. Group fitness classes should be postponed at this time.

In their business plan, facilities are to calculate a number of customers that this percentage represents, post that number clearly on the entry door, and ensure those numbers are not exceeded and can be checked by staff and the proper authorities.

Local Links: For information on the preventative measures in place by individual entities or for more information, following the below links.

 

Indiana Department of Health – Latest information from ISDH https://www.in.gov/isdh/28470.htm

Cummins Engine Company – Cummins employees can access company information HERE.

Columbus Regional Health - https://www.crh.org/news

Bartholomew Consolidated School Corporation - https://www.bcscschools.org/COVID-19

City of Columbus -https://www.columbus.in.gov/covid-19-information/

Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives - https://resources.acce.org/crisismanagement 

CDC – When and How to Wash Your Hands https://www.cdc.gov/handwashing/when-how-handwashing.html

CDC - El lavado de las manos: Las manos limpias salvan vidas https://www.cdc.gov/handwashing/esp/index.html

ISDH Online COVID-19 Case Tracker - https://www.in.gov/isdh/28470.htm

How to Prepare and Take Action for COVID-19 - https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/index.html

Coronavirus Rumor Control - https://www.fema.gov/Coronavirus-Rumor-Control

 

REQUIREMENTS FOR ALL HOOSIERS:

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

• This includes K-12 extracurricular and co-curricular activities, community recreational sports, and college and professional sports, which should coordinate events with their local health departments.

• Venue owners, hosts or organizers are required to submit to a written safety plan that addresses the steps that will be taken to mitigate against COVID-19 to the local health department.4. Face coverings are required for all Hoosiers

5. Hoosier businesses are open, following county metric requirements

6. Businesses of all types are required to place clearly visible signage at their public and employee entrances notifying all that face coverings are required. Businesses should only admit only those who wear face coverings and practice social distancing

7. Businesses should communicate to all employees that their activities outside of work have the potential to increase the spread of COVID in their workplaces and communities

8. All customers in restaurants, bars and nightclubs are required to be seated when receiving service. Individuals from non-household parties must be spaced six feet apart at tables, counters or other seating arrangements

9. Hoosier pre-K to 12 schools should consult with their local department of health and use the Indiana Department of Health metrics for decisions about in-person, hybrid and virtual operations

10.All Hoosiers are required to maintain social distancing of six feet in public spaces, whether inside or outside, and especially when with others who are not members of your immediate household

11.The Indiana Department of Homeland Security and Alcohol & Tobacco Commission, together with local partners, will continue to check businesses for occupancy, social distancing, face covering requirements and other Executive Order components to ensure compliance

12. Wash your hands frequently; use hand-sanitizer when hand-washing is not available

13.If you test positive, isolate according to CDC guidelines

14.Do not go to work or other locations when you feel sick or symptomatic. Free COVID tests are available throughout the state

15.Hoosiers 65 and older and those with known high-risk medical conditions should remain vigilant about protecting their exposure to COVID16. Hoosiers who will be in contact with individuals 65 and older and those with known high-risk medical conditions should consider suspending in-person visits

• Do not visit if you are symptomatic or have received a positive COVID test

• Wear a face covering at all times

 

 

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