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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.)


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Deputy Director: Natalie Ferrenburg

 

COVID-19 GOVERNOR ORDER

GOVERNOR EXECUTIVE ORDER

Updated: March 23, 2020 4:30 P.M.

 

Governor’s Executive Order 20-08 “Stay-At-Home” is in effect from 11:59 p.m. March 24 through 11:59 p.m. April 7.

COVID-19 Resource Call Center 812-379-4449 – Anyone with concerns about symptoms of COVID-19 or exposure should contact the Resource Call Center BEFORE seeking medical attention. Those experiencing a medical emergency should call 911.

CRH Cough/Cold Clinic Locations:

  • Prompt Med on 25 St. located between Eastbrook Plaza and Fair Oaks Mall.
  • Second Cough/Cold Clinic located at 10th St. and Marr Rd.

 

INFORMATION MENU LINKS

Governor Executive Order

Governor Executive Order - FAQ

Press Release

New Updates

Recommendations

Closures/Cancellations

Task Force Information

Video Updates

Prevention

Local Links

Guidance for Businesses

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COVID-19 GOV ORDER - FAQ

PRESS RELEASES

Updated: March 23, 2020 4:30 P.M.

 

Governor’s Executive Order 20-08 “Stay-At-Home” is in effect from 11:59 p.m. March 24 through 11:59 p.m. April 7.

COVID-19 Resource Call Center 812-379-4449 – Anyone with concerns about symptoms of COVID-19 or exposure should contact the Resource Call Center BEFORE seeking medical attention. Those experiencing a medical emergency should call 911.

CRH Cough/Cold Clinic Locations:

  • Prompt Med on 25 St. located between Eastbrook Plaza and Fair Oaks Mall.
  • Second Cough/Cold Clinic located at 10th St. and Marr Rd.

 

INFORMATION MENU LINKS

Governor Executive Order

Governor Executive Order - FAQ

Press Release

New Updates

Recommendations

Closures/Cancellations

Task Force Information

Video Updates

Prevention

Local Links

Guidance for Businesses

Guidance for Childcare

 

For Immediate Release:
Monday, March 23, 2020

Governor Holcomb’s Executive Order 20-08 Stay-At-Home FAQs

Indiana Stay-At-Home Order FAQ

INDIANAPOLIS – Governor Eric J. Holcomb delivered a statewide address Monday to order that Hoosiers remain in their homes except when they are at work or for permitted activities, such as taking care of others, obtaining necessary supplies, and for health and safety. Click here to see the executive order. Below are frequently asked questions and their answers.

When does the order take effect?

The Stay-At-Home Order takes effect Tuesday, March 24 at 11:59 p.m. ET.

When does the order end?

The order ends on Monday, April 6, at 11:59 p.m. ET, but could be extended if the outbreak warrants it.

Where does the order apply?

The Stay-At-Home Order applies to the entire state of Indiana. Unless you work for an essential business or are doing an essential activity, you must stay home.

Is this mandatory or a recommendation?

This order is mandatory. For the safety of all Hoosiers, people must stay home and prevent the spread of COVID-19.

How will this order be enforced?

Staying home is critical to reducing the spread of COVID-19 in your community. Adhering to the order will save lives, and it is the responsibility of every Hoosier to do their part. However, if the order is not followed, the Indiana State Police will work with local law enforcement to enforce this order. The Indiana State Department of Health and the Alcohol and Tobacco Commission will enforce the restaurant and bar restrictions.

Will the Indiana National Guard enforce this order?

No. The Indiana National Guard is aiding in planning, preparation and logistics with other state agencies. For example, the Indiana National Guard assists in distributing hospital supplies the state receives.

What is an essential business?

Essential businesses and services include but are not limited to grocery stores, pharmacies, gas stations, police stations, fire stations, hospitals, doctor’s offices, health care facilities, garbage pickup, public transit, and public service hotlines such as SNAP and HIP 2.0.  

A list can be found in the Governor’s executive order at in.gov/coronavirus.

What is an essential activity?

Essential activities include but are not limited to activities for health and safety, necessary supplies and services, outdoor activity, certain types of essential work, and to take care of others.

A list can be found in the Governor’s executive order at in.gov/coronavirus.

I work for an essential business. Will I be allowed to travel to and from work?

Law enforcement will not be stopping drivers on their way to and from work, traveling for an essential activity such as going to the grocery store, or just taking a walk.

Will the grocery store/pharmacy be open?

Yes, grocery stores and pharmacies are essential services.

Can I still order take out/delivery from restaurants and bars?

Yes, restaurants and bars can continue to provide takeout and delivery, but should be closed to dine-in patrons.

Can I get my groceries delivered? Can I still get my online orders delivered?

Yes, you can still receive packages, get groceries delivered, and get meals delivered.

How can I get medical care?

If you develop symptoms such as fever, cough and/or difficulty breathing, and have been in close contact with a person known to have COVID-19 or have recently traveled from an area with ongoing spread of COVID-19, stay home and call your healthcare provider.

If you suspected you have COVID-19, please call the healthcare provider in advance so that proper precautions can be taken to limit further transmission. Older patients and individuals who have severe underlying medical conditions or are immunocompromised should contact their healthcare provider early, even if their illness is mild.

If you have severe symptoms, such as persistent pain or pressure in the chest, new confusion or inability to arouse, or bluish lips or face, contact your healthcare provider or emergency room and seek care immediately, but please call in advance if possible. Your doctor will determine if you have signs and symptoms of COVID-19 and whether you should be tested.

Nonessential medical care such as eye exams and teeth-cleaning should be postponed. When possible, health care visits should be done remotely. Contact your health care provider to see what telehealth services they provide.

What is the guidance for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities?

State-operated developmental centers, intermediate care facilities for individuals with developmental disabilities and community integrated living arrangements will continue to provide care. All in-home direct care staff are considered essential staff and should continue to support individuals in the home setting.  

If you have specific questions about your support and services, reach out to your provider or individual service coordination agency.

What if I still have to go to work?

You should stay home unless your work is an essential function such as a health care provider, grocery store clerk or first responder. If you have been designated essential by your employer, you should continue to go to work and practice social distancing.

A list of essential businesses can be found in the Governor’s executive order at in.gov/coronavirus.

What if I think my business should be closed, but they’re still asking me to report to work?

Essential businesses will remain open during the stay-at-home order to provide services that are vital to the lives of Hoosiers. If you believe your business is nonessential but still are being asked to show up to work, you may discuss it with your employer.

A certain service is essential for me, but the governor didn’t include it. What do I do?

The stay-at-home order was issued to protect the health, safety and well-being of Hoosiers. Although some businesses such as fitness centers and salons will be closed, essential services will always be available. For a list of essential businesses that will continue to operate during the order, visit in.gov/coronavirus.

Will public transportation, ride-sharing and taxis continue?

Public transportation, ride-sharing and taxis should only be used for essential travel.

Will roads in Indiana be closed?

No, the roads will remain open. You should only travel if it is for your health or essential work.

Can I still take a plane out of Indiana?

Planes and other types of transportation should be used for essential travel.

What if my home is not a safe environment?

If it is not safe for you to remain home, you are able and encouraged to find another safe place to stay during this order. Please reach out so someone can help. You can call the domestic violence hotline at 1-800-799-SAFE or your local law enforcement.

What about homeless people who cannot stay at home?

The administration wants to protect the health and safety of all Hoosiers, regardless of where they live. State agencies are partnering with community organizations to ensure the homeless population has safe shelter.

Can I visit friends and family?

For your safety, as well as the safety of all Hoosiers, you should remain at home to help fight the spread of COVID-19. You may visit family members who need medical or other essential assistance, such as ensuring an adequate food supply.

Can I walk my dog or go to the veterinarian?

You are allowed to walk your dog and seek medical care for your pet should they require it. Practice social distancing while out on walks, maintaining at least 6 feet from other neighbors and their pets.

Can I take my kids to the park?

State parks remain open, but welcome centers, inns, and other buildings are closed. Families will be able to go outside and take a walk, run or bike ride, but they should continue to practice social distancing by remaining 6 feet away from other people. Playgrounds are closed because they pose a high risk of increasing spreading the virus.

Can I attend a religious service?

Large gatherings, including church services, will be canceled to slow the spread of COVID-19. Religious leaders are encouraged to continue livestreaming services while practicing social distancing with one another.

Can I leave my home to exercise?

Outdoor exercise such as running or taking a walk is acceptable. However, gyms, fitness centers and associated facilities will be closed to reduce the spread of the coronavirus. While exercising outside, you still should practice social distancing by running or walking at least 6 feet away from other people.

Can I go to the hair salon, spa, nail salon, tattoo parlor or barber shop?

No, these businesses are ordered closed.

Can I leave my home to do laundry?

Yes. Laundromats, dry cleaners and laundry service providers are considered essential businesses.

Can I take my child to daycare?

Yes, daycares are considered an essential business.

Can I pick up meals at my child’s school?

Yes. Schools that provide free food services to students will continue on a pickup and take-home basis.

 

 

 

PRESS RELEASE

PRESS RELEASES

Updated: April 2, 2020 2:30 P.M.

 

Governor’s Executive Order 20-08 “Stay-At-Home” is in effect from 11:59 p.m. March 24 through 11:59 p.m. April 7.

COVID-19 Resource Call Center 812-379-4449 – Anyone with concerns about symptoms of COVID-19 or exposure should contact the Resource Call Center BEFORE seeking medical attention. Those experiencing a medical emergency should call 911.

CRH Cough/Cold Clinic Locations:

  • Prompt Med on 25 St. located between Eastbrook Plaza and Fair Oaks Mall.
  • Second Cough/Cold Clinic located at 10th St. and Marr Rd.

 

INFORMATION MENU LINKS

Governor Executive Order

Governor Executive Order - FAQ

Press Release

New Updates

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Closures/Cancellations

Task Force Information

Video Updates

Prevention

Local Links

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COVID-19 NEW UPDATES

NEW UPDATES

Updated: April 3, 2020 2:00 P.M.

 

Governor’s Executive Order 20-08 “Stay-At-Home” is in effect from 11:59 p.m. March 24 through 11:59 p.m. April 7.

COVID-19 Resource Call Center 812-379-4449 – Anyone with concerns about symptoms of COVID-19 or exposure should contact the Resource Call Center BEFORE seeking medical attention. Those experiencing a medical emergency should call 911.

CRH Cough/Cold Clinic Locations:

  • Prompt Med on 25 St. located between Eastbrook Plaza and Fair Oaks Mall.
  • Second Cough/Cold Clinic located at 10th St. and Marr Rd.

 

INFORMATION MENU LINKS

Governor Executive Order

Governor Executive Order - FAQ

Press Release

New Updates

Recommendations

Closures/Cancellations

Task Force Information

Video Updates

Prevention

Local Links

Guidance for Businesses

Guidance for Childcare

 

New Updates:

 

Public Service Announcement: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QgYOzGJeadU

  

 

 

Local officials confirmed as of Friday (April 3) that there are twenty-three (23) confirmed cases of the COVID-19 virus in Bartholomew County.

There are three thousand four hundred and thirty-seven (3,437) confirmed cases in Indiana and one hundred and one (101) deaths within the state (none residents of Bartholomew County).  There have been a total of sixteen thousand nine hundred (16,900) total tests conducted within the state. 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 10:00 a.m. https://www.in.gov/coronavirus/

Bartholomew (23)

Brown (3)

Decatur (70)

Jackson (25)

Jennings (31)

Johnson (136)

Shelby (24)

Monroe (40)

In an effort to keep our community safe by following recommended response guidelines form the Centers for Disease Control and the Indiana State Health Department, the city of Columbus and Bartholomew County are recommending a more stringent proactive response to the COVID-19 virus.

  • Our community’s strongest defense is social distancing. It is important for community members to avoid gatherings, especially of moderate or large groups in public places.
  • Current recommendations form the CDC are that for the next eight weeks, organizers cancel or postpone in-person events that consist of 50 people or more throughout the U.S.
  • Therefore, based on these recommendations and proven preventative measures, the city and county strongly recommend that organizations and businesses consider canceling or postponing gatherings of 50 people or more.
  • Please keep in mind that the 50 is an estimate, designed to limit the risk of transmitting the virus. If an organization has within its group a larger representation of people with risk factors (over age 60, or heart, respiratory or auto-immune issues) the limit should be less than 50.
  • Organizations should consider moving interactions to ways of connecting through phone or digital means.
  • We also recommend the closing of any indoor public places and encourage restaurants and bars to convert to take-out or drive-thru or delivery options. Per Governor Holcomb, all bars and restaurants in Indiana are to close through the end of March. Drive through and carry out service are still allowable.

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 RECOMMENDATIONS

RECOMMENDATIONS

Updated: March 22, 2020 11:20 A.M.

 

COVID-19 Resource Call Center 812-379-4449 – Anyone with concerns about symptoms of COVID-19 or exposure should contact the Resource Call Center BEFORE seeking medical attention. Those experiencing a medical emergency should call 911.

CRH Cough/Cold Clinic Locations:

  • Prompt Med on 25 St. located between Eastbrook Plaza and Fair Oaks Mall.
  • Second Cough/Cold Clinic located at 10th St. and Marr Rd.

 

INFORMATION MENU LINKS

Governor Executive Order

Governor Executive Order - FAQ

Press Release

New Updates

Recommendations

Closures/Cancellations

Task Force Information

Video Updates

Prevention

Local Links

Guidance for Businesses

Guidance for Childcare

 

Recommendations:

Under the direction of Dr. Brian Niedbalski, Bartholomew County Public Health Officer, and Columbus Regional Health, we are preparing to respond quickly to any emerging situation, leveraging the considerable insights gained from observations of other communities across the nation. This is a proactive measure to act early and assertively in an effort to reduce not only the number of potential cased of COVID-19 our communities sees, but to also significantly reduce the flow and mitigate as much as possible a swell of cases occurring in our area.

The COVID -19 Task Force is collectively recommending the following actions, effective immediately for our community:

  • Non-essential gatherings must be limited to no more than 10 people. This includes any event or gathering of people who are in one room or a single space at the same time, such as cafeterias, churches, stadiums, meeting and conference rooms, auditoriums and the like. This guidance applies to professional, social, community and similar other gatherings from now through Saturday, April 4.
  • Based on the COVID-19 Community Task Force’s recommendations: - BCSC (Bartholomew Consolidated School Corporation) will suspend all school-related activities beginning Monday, March 16. -Schools will be closed and eLearning days utilized from Monday, March 23 through Friday, April 3. We will provide updated specifics on our school closure by Wednesday, March 18.
  • Child care and adult day care facilities should institute social distancing and minimize large gatherings. Temporary suspension of operations should be done in consultation with the Family and Social Services and ISDH in the instance of documented community spread.
  • Individuals over 60 years of age or those with a known underlying health issue such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes or chronic respiratory disease should limit public exposure. Whenever possible, friends and family should arrange to provide food and other essential items.
  • Those who run senior centers and congregate meal services should consider suspending congregate meal services and arrange for home delivery.
  • Business should consider utilizing telework policies, if available.

COVID-19 CLOSURES/CANCELLATIONS

CLOSURES / CANCELLATIONS

Updated: April, 3, 2020 2:00 P.M.

 

COVID-19 Resource Call Center 812-379-4449 – Anyone with concerns about symptoms of COVID-19 or exposure should contact the Resource Call Center BEFORE seeking medical attention. Those experiencing a medical emergency should call 911.

CRH Cough/Cold Clinic Locations:

  • Prompt Med on 25 St. located between Eastbrook Plaza and Fair Oaks Mall.
  • Second Cough/Cold Clinic located at 10th St. and Marr Rd.

 

INFORMATION MENU LINKS

Governor Executive Order

Governor Executive Order - FAQ

Press Release

New Updates

Recommendations

Closures/Cancellations

Task Force Information

Video Updates

Prevention

Local Links

Guidance for Businesses

Guidance for Childcare

 

Closures/Cancellations:

City services

Fixed transit routes for the city’s bus system are no longer running. The city will continue to offer Call-A-Bus services for people with medical needs.

Animal Care Services offices are closed but individuals may make appointments. Animal Care officers will respond to emergency situations and the city’s sheltered animals will be cared for.

The City Utilities office will continue to accept payments through the drive-in window, but the lobby is closed.

All park department buildings will be closed to the public, but staff is available by email and by phone. All outdoor playgrounds are closed.

Columbus City Hall will remain open but with limited staff. The public should email or phone prior to coming into the building if possible.

County services

Bartholomew County has closed all access to county buildings, with only county employees being allowed inside until further notice. All county offices are closed through April 21. Commissioners will monitor the Governor’s recommendations and adjust accordingly.

Ginny Whipple, Bartholomew County assessor, announced rules for submitting personal property forms. Whipple said the forms will only be accepted by mail, email, telephone or by appointment, she said. If there are no changes from last year, the easiest way to file is over the phone, she said. Business and Farm Personal Property Forms are due in the office or postmarked by May 15. Forms may be obtained at in.gov/dlgf/4971.htm or by emailing . Call 812-379-1505 to have forms mailed.

All Bartholomew County parks are closed until April 6.

Bartholomew County Council meetings in April have been canceled.

Township services

Columbus Township Trustee’s office is closed as all staff will be working remotely. Anyone needing assistance should call the office at 812-372-8249 and leave a message.

Facilities

Indiana Family and Social Services Administration will close its Division of Family Resources offices to the public. Online and telephone services will continue to operate as normal. Visit the FSSA benefits portal — fssabenefits.in.gov.

All local Social Security offices will be closed to the public for in-person service. Online services remain available at socialsecurity.gov. To learn about online services, visit socialsecurity.gov/onlineservices.

FairOaks Mall is closed. This includes mall walking.

The Bartholomew County Historical Society museum, 524 Third St., is closed until April 7. We will still be available for research and other questions by calling 812-372-3541. Visit bartholomewhistory.org.

Sans Souci and its donation center are closed.

Columbus Skateland is closed.

YES Cinema is closed.

Just Friends Adult Day Services in Columbus is closed.

Bartholomew County Public Library and Hope Branch Library and the bookmobile are now closed until at least April 6.

The Indiana Department of Corrections has suspended all visitation at all prison facilities in Indiana.

The Bartholomew County Jail has suspended all visitation.

The Atterbury-Bakalar Air Museum at 4742 Ray Boll Blvd. is closed.

kidscommons is closed.

Thrive Alliance announces is closed and 12454 Youth Camp Facilities through April 5.

The ASAP Hub is closed. Call 812-418-8705 for more information.

The Columbus Area Visitors Center will be closed to Monday, April 6. All architecture tours and public gatherings at the Visitors Center during this period are postponed or canceled. Visitors Center staff will continue to support the tourism industry by working remotely.

Mill Race Center (all senior programs and services).

City parks

Columbus is closing the following facilities to the public until May 1:

The Commons

Donner Center

Hamilton Community Center and Ice Arena

Columbus Gymnastics Center

Park Operations Service Center

Lincoln Park — Softball Diamonds

Clifty Park — Softball and Baseball Diamonds

Blackwell Park — Soccer Fields

Rocky Ford Par 3 Golf Course

Donner Park Tennis Courts

Donner Park Pickleball Courts

Harrison Ridge Tennis

Lincoln Tennis

Richards Pickleball Court

Medical

Columbus Regional Hospital has canceled all elective, non-urgent surgeries and procedures. Patients with scheduled surgeries or procedures should contact their physician’s offices.

Our Hospice of South Central Indiana has initiated screenings for anyone entering the center, including staff, guests and visitors.

The bereavement groups meeting as Beginning Again have been temporarily suspended. Those needed help should call 812-314-8044 or email .

All upcoming in-person information sessions at Southern Indiana Surgery, 2325 18th St., Suite 220 in Columbus, are postponed. However, online sessions are still available for those interested in surgical and non-surgical options for weight loss. Any interested candidates can access those sessions at columbusbariatrics.com/online-info-session.

Churches

Columbus First Assembly is closed. Services and current information can be viewed on Facebook at facebook.com/columbusfirstassembly/ every Sunday at 10 a.m.

Salvation Army Corp. community centers across Indiana, and in Columbus, are closed. Food pantries serving clients are loading boxes directly into vehicles at drive-thrus in parking lots. For more information, visit SalvationArmyIndiana.org.

First Presbyterian Church has canceled all in-person gatherings, including worship and the office is closed. For more information, call (812) 372-3783. Streaming of worship services is available at facebook.com/groups/56933406910/ each Sunday.

Petersville United Methodist Church is closed.

First Christian Church is closed.

First Baptist Church in Columbus is closed, but will offer a live stream worship at 9:30 a.m. on Sundays.

East Columbus Christian Church is canceling services and activities until April 12. Weekly sermons may be viewed at eastccc.net at 10 a.m. each Sunday

East Columbus United Methodist Church services and Bible studies are canceled.

Hope Community Church is canceling the free breakfast and Easter egg hunt April 11.

Catholic Masses throughout Indiana are canceled.

North Christian Church has closed.

St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, all in-person activities at the church are suspended until further notice with Sunday and Wednesday services offered on ZOOM (check website for login: stpaulscolumbusin.org).

Unitarian Universalist Church is closed.

St. Peter’s Lutheran Church has canceled services.

Garden City Church of Christ is canceling services until April 5. Weekly sermons are at gardencitychurch.com or on the church Facebook page.

First Lutheran Church in Columbus is closed until at least April 4.

Flintwood Wesleyan Church is canceling all in-person services and activities through April 5th. A Livestream worship service will be available Sunday mornings at 10 a.m. via the church’s Facebook page and YouTube channel.

Fairlawn Presbyterian Church’s weekly worship service will be at 9:30 a.m.Sunday via Zoom or Facebook page. Visit fairlawnpc.net, email or call 812-372-3882.

Events

The Bartholomew County Sheriff’s Youth Academy has been canceled.

The Broadway Memories event scheduled for April 26 is being rescheduled for the fall.

Columbus Fellowship Club on Jonesville Road has canceled all meetings.

The United Way’s annual meeting originally scheduled April 7 has been postponed to 4 p.m. June 15 at The Commons.

The Harlequin Theatre: Dave Dugan comedy show April 4 and the Banister Family Bluegrass Band concert April 18 are canceled.

The Wounded Warriors benefit concert Friday at The Commons has been rescheduled to Oct. 24.

Columbus Area Chamber of Commerce annual meeting scheduled for March 25 is postponed.

Comic-Con scheduled for the Columbus Learning Center April 2 is canceled.

The J. Irwin Miller Architecture Program has canceled lectures on April 2, 16 and 23 that were part of the Miller M.Arch series. Also canceled are the Doreen McCarthy guest lecture on April 7 and Polysemy (Doreen McCarthy Exhibition) on April 9.

Feminism Club and IUPUC Office for Women event “Feminist Ethics in Roller Derby” March 31 at the Columbus Learning Center at 4555 Central Ave. is postponed.

Columbus Area Arts Council programs through April 12 are canceled.

HPW Wrestling at the Bartholomew County Fairgrounds is canceled on April 4.

Brown County Music Center has rescheduled shows for Warrant for June 5, Kenny G for Oct. 1, Carrot Top for Dec. 9, The Price is Right for July 23, Gordon Lightfoot for July 24, Christopher Cross for Aug. 12, Michael Bolton for Aug. 16, and LeAnn Rimes for Aug. 21, shows to be rescheduled are for Willie Nelson, Martina McBride, and Melissa Etheridge.

Athletics

2020 North/South Indiana All-Star Classic on April 5 has been postponed.

All Indianapolis Indians games are postponed and all other events scheduled at Victory Field are canceled.

The NCAA Men’s and Women’s 2020 basketball tournament is canceled.

The IHSAA boys basketball tournament series is canceled.

Schools

Please note: On Thursday, Gov. Eric Holcomb ordered all Indiana schools to be closed until May 1.

Columbus Christian School has sent information about e-Learning days be sent to staff and families. All school-related events and activities are canceled until school is in session.

Bartholomew Consolidated School Corp. is closed and eLearning days have begun. A scheduled BCSC Strategic Planning Session on Friday has been canceled.

Flat Rock-Hawcreek schools are using eLearning beginning Wednesday.

Edinburgh School Corp. will close schools, using state waiver days until March 27. E-learning will begin March 30.

Ivy Tech Community College announced that it will extend the delivery of courses virtually through the remainder of the current semester. Check ivytech.edu/covid-19 to find answers to frequently asked questions.

Indiana University has announced that it is extending remote learning through the end of the spring semester due to the coronavirus epidemic. Remote instruction begins March 30.

Purdue University has announced classes will be delivered by remote instruction for the remainder of the spring 2020 semester.

Utilities

Eastern Bartholomew Water Corp.’s annual meeting on April 6 has been postponed.

Bartholomew County REMC is temporarily suspending late fees on member accounts and non-pay service disconnects until April 20. Payments may be made in the drop box at the REMC office or the drop box at Horizon Bank on Second Street in Columbus. For more information, or to pay online, visit BCREMC.com. Call 844-344-4369 to use the automated pay by phone system or call a customer service representative Monday through Friday at 812-372-2546.

Duke Energy has announced it will not disconnect any customer’s service for non-payment. The company will waive late payment fees and fees for returned payments until the national state of emergency is lifted. For residential customers, the company will also waive fees for credit and debit card payments. Customers may perform nearly all customer service functions online, through the company’s automated voice phone system or through the company’s mobile app.

Southwestern Bartholomew Water Corp.’s lobby is closed. A drop box is available for payments at the office, or payments may be made through mail or at paygov.us with a credit card. For more information, call 812-342-4421.

 

 

COVID-19 VIDEO UPDATES

TASK FORCE VIDEO UPDATES

Updated: March 31 2020 10:30 A.M.

 

COVID-19 Resource Call Center 812-379-4449 – Anyone with concerns about symptoms of COVID-19 or exposure should contact the Resource Call Center BEFORE seeking medical attention. Those experiencing a medical emergency should call 911.

CRH Cough/Cold Clinic Locations:

  • Prompt Med on 25 St. located between Eastbrook Plaza and Fair Oaks Mall.
  • Second Cough/Cold Clinic located at 10th St. and Marr Rd.

 

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In order to provide up-to-date information to the community, the COVID-19 Community Task Force will be providing periodic video updates. The video updates can also be viewed from https://covid19communitytaskforce.org/video-updates/

 

 

 

 

 

 

Have a question? Go to www.crh.org/covid19questions and we’ll address your questions/concerns in future video updates.

 

 

COVID-19 TASK FORCE INFO

TASK FORCE INFORMATION

Updated: March 22 2020 11:20 A.M.

 

COVID-19 Resource Call Center 812-379-4449 – Anyone with concerns about symptoms of COVID-19 or exposure should contact the Resource Call Center BEFORE seeking medical attention. Those experiencing a medical emergency should call 911.

CRH Cough/Cold Clinic Locations:

  • Prompt Med on 25 St. located between Eastbrook Plaza and Fair Oaks Mall.
  • Second Cough/Cold Clinic located at 10th St. and Marr Rd.

 

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Bartholomew County Coronavirus (COVID-19) Task Force Information:

 

Local officials are stepping up efforts to ensure a coordinated response to any potential outbreak of the new strain of coronavirus in Bartholomew County as more cases of the illness continue to be detected around the world.

The COVID-19 Task Force includes representatives from Columbus Regional Health, the City of Columbus Mayor’s Office, Bartholomew County Health Department, Bartholomew County Emergency Management, Bartholomew Consolidated School Corporation, and Cummins Inc., Columbus Area Chamber of Commerce, Columbus Area Economic Development, and Bartholomew County Commissioners.

CRH is following protocols on active screening and response methods based on recommendations from the federal Centers for Disease Control and ISDH, including screening patients for symptoms of illness and exposure risk criteria, such as travel history.

First-responding agencies within Columbus and Bartholomew County are following a unified approach to preparedness and response to a potential COVID-19 case in our area. The procedures are aimed at not only keeping fire, law enforcement and medical personnel safe, but helping us prevent the potential spread of any germs in an effort to keep you, your loved ones and ultimately, our community, safer.

Bartholomew County Commissioners signed a local State of Emergency Declaration on Wednesday for the COVID-19 Coronavirus Pandemic.

 

COVID-19 PREVENTION

PREVENTION

Updated: March 22 2020 11:20 A.M.

 

COVID-19 Resource Call Center 812-379-4449 – Anyone with concerns about symptoms of COVID-19 or exposure should contact the Resource Call Center BEFORE seeking medical attention. Those experiencing a medical emergency should call 911.

CRH Cough/Cold Clinic Locations:

  • Prompt Med on 25 St. located between Eastbrook Plaza and Fair Oaks Mall.
  • Second Cough/Cold Clinic located at 10th St. and Marr Rd.

 

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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.
  • 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 INFO FOR BUSINESSES

GUIDANCE FOR BUSINESSES

Updated: March 23, 2020 4:30 P.M.

 

COVID-19 Resource Call Center 812-379-4449 – Anyone with concerns about symptoms of COVID-19 or exposure should contact the Resource Call Center BEFORE seeking medical attention. Those experiencing a medical emergency should call 911.

CRH Cough/Cold Clinic Locations:

  • Prompt Med on 25 St. located between Eastbrook Plaza and Fair Oaks Mall.
  • Second Cough/Cold Clinic located at 10th St. and Marr Rd.

 

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MARCH 23, 2020

Summary of Indiana’s COVID-19 Stay at Home Order

 

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Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb on March 23, 2020, issued a “Stay at Home” Executive Order, effective Tuesday, March 24, calling on all Hoosiers to remain in their homes except for (A) essential activities, (B) essential government functions, or (C) participating in essential businesses & operations.

The following is prepared for members & supporters of Greater Columbus Economic Development Corporation, to summarize and highlight key elements of the Order that may be of particular relevance to businesses operating with Columbus and Bartholomew County, Indiana.

The Executive Order is mandatory and is effective from midnight March 24, 2020 until 11:59 PM on April 6, 2020, unless rescinded, modified or extended.

A complete list of essential activities, government functions, and business operations are defined in the ten-page Executive Order, available for inspection at https://www.in.gov/coronavirus/. A helpful FAQ is also available at: https://www.in.gov/gov/3232.htm

All non-essential businesses and operations are ordered to cease during the term of the Executive Order, except that home-based operations and remote work of businesses are allowed.

Note: All Essential Businesses and Operations are encouraged to remain open for the public good. Any open business or operation should, however, observe social distancing protocols by keeping all customers and employees at least six feet apart to the extent possible.

Generally speaking, essential businesses and services include grocery stores, pharmacies, gas stations, police & fire stations, hospitals, doctor’s offices, health care facilities, garbage pickup, public transit, critical manufacturing & distribution operations, and many other identified businesses.  

Essential Activities

Section 7 of the Executive Order identifies that leaving home for Essential Activities is permitted for the following:

  1. For Health and Safety -- obtaining care, supplies, medications, etc.
  2. For Necessary Supplies & Services -- groceries and food, household consumer products, supplies needed to work from home, automobile supplies, and products necessary to maintain the safety, sanitation, and/or essential operation of homes & residences.
  3. For Outdoor Activity – individuals may go to public parks and open outdoor recreation areas for walking, hiking, running, or biking, etc., provided that individuals comply with the Social Distancing Requirements.
  4. For Certain Types of Work – see “Essential Businesses” and “Minimum Basic Operations”
  5. e)To Take Care of Others

Essential Services & Businesses

Section 9: Healthcare and Public Healthcare Operations are deemed essential and include hospitals, clinics, dental offices, pharmacies, etc. Also included are manufacturers, technicians, logistics, and warehouse operators and distributors of medical equipment, personal protective equipment ("PPE"), medical gases, pharmaceuticals, blood and blood products, vaccines, testing materials, laboratory supplies, cleaning, sanitizing, disinfecting or sterilization supplies, and tissue and paper towel products.

Section 11: Any services or to perform any work necessary operate, maintain, and repair the following (but not limited to): food production, distribution & fulfillment centers, storage facilities, construction, building management & maintenance, airports, utilities (water, sewer, gas, electric, etc.), oil & biofuel refining, roads, public transportation, cybersecurity operations, trash & recycling, telecommunications (voice, internet, video, & other computing & web-based systems).

Section 12: Essential Government Functions

Section 14: Essential Businesses

  1. Critical Industries: US Department of Homeland Security CISA List – All workers identified in the US DHS March 19, 2020, “Memorandum on Identification of Essential Critical Infrastructure Workers During COVID-19 Response.” According to the Executive Order, “all of the workers identified in that Memorandum” are included.
  • The CISA list covers 16 critical sectors & multiple subsectors and “identifies workers who conduct a range of operations and services…including staffing operations centers, maintaining and repairing critical infrastructure, operating call centers, working construction, and performing management functions, among others. The industries they support represent, but are not necessarily limited to, medical and healthcare, telecommunications, information technology systems, defense, food and agriculture, transportation and logistics, energy, water and wastewater, law enforcement, and public works.”
  1. Stores that sell Groceries and Medicine, including grocery stores, convenience stores and those that sell prepared food, beverages, household consumer products, etc.
  2. Food & Beverage – farming, manufacturing, production, processing, baking, and distribution.
  3. Non-profits that provide essential services to economically disadvantaged or other persons in need.
  4. Religious facilities, provided they adhere to CDC guidance on social gatherings
  5. Media – Newspapers, TV, Radio, etc.
  6. Gas Stations & Automotive Repair, Equipment, etc.
  7. Financial & Insurance Institutions – including banks, credit unions, lenders, etc., and insurance agents, claims offices, etc.
  8. Hardware & Supply Stores
  9. Critical Trades – including plumbers, electricians, janitorial services, HVAC, etc.
  10. Mail, Post, Shipping, Logistics, Delivery Services
  11. Educational Institutions – providing distance learning and social distancing is followed
  12. Laundry Services
  13. Restaurants for Off-Site Consumption – restaurants, bars, other facilities that offer food for delivery, drive-through, curbside pickup and carryout., but no in-person dining.
  14. Supplies to Work from Home – businesses that sell, manufacture, or supply products needed for people to work from home.
  15. Supplies to Essential Businesses – businesses that sell, manufacturer, and/or supply essential businesses with support or necessary materials, etc.
  16. Transportation – airlines, taxis, rideshare, vehicle rental services, etc.
  17. Home-Based Care & Services
  18. Residential Facilities & Shelters
  19. Professional Services – legal, accounting, insurance, real estate services
  20. Manufacture, Distribution, & Supply Chain for Critical Products & Industries – Manufacturing, distribution & supply chain companies producing & supplying products & services for industries such as healthcare, pharmaceutical, technology, chemicals, sanitation, agriculture, waste pickup, food & beverage, transportation, energy, steel products, petroleum, fuel, construction, national defense, communications, and products used by other Essential Businesses.
  21. Critical Labor Union Functions
  22. Hotels & Motels
  23. Funeral Services

Section 15: Minimum Basic Operations (for all other businesses)

Provided that employees comply with Social Distancing Requirements to the extent possible, all businesses are allowed to conduct minimum activities required to secure the property and inventory, process payroll & employee benefits, and maintain activities to facilitate remote work.

Section 16: Essential Travel – Any travel that is related to Essential Activities, Essential Government Functions, Essential Businesses & Operations, or Minimum Basic Operations, including care for other persons and all other allowed activities elsewhere defined.

DISCLAIMER

The above has been summarized in good faith and effort; however, Greater Columbus EDC does not guarantee the accuracy or reliability of the information provided herein. Please refer to the complete Executive Order and all other published Orders and government-issued Guidance for further information.

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U.S. Department of Homeland Security

Cybersecurity & Infrastructure Security Agency

Office of the Director

Washington, DC 20528

March 19, 2020

MEMORANDUM ON IDENTIFICATION OF ESSENTIAL CRITICAL INFRASTRUCTURE WORKERS DURING COVID-19 RESPONSE

FROM: Christopher C. Krebs Director Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA)

As the Nation comes together to slow the spread of COVID-19, on March 16th, the President issued updated Coronavirus Guidance for America. This guidance states that:

“If you work in a critical infrastructure industry, as defined by the Department of

Homeland Security, such as healthcare services and pharmaceutical and food supply, you

have a special responsibility to maintain your normal work schedule.”

The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) executes the Secretary of Homeland Security’s responsibilities as assigned under the Homeland Security Act of 2002 to provide strategic guidance, promote a national unity of effort, and coordinate the overall federal effort to ensure the security and resilience of the Nation's critical infrastructure. CISA uses trusted partnerships with both the public and private sectors to deliver infrastructure resilience assistance and guidance to a broad range of partners.

In accordance with this mandate, and in collaboration with other federal agencies and the private sector, CISA developed an initial list of “Essential Critical Infrastructure Workers” to help State and local officials as they work to protect their communities, while ensuring continuity of functions critical to public health and safety, as well as economic and national security. The list can also inform critical infrastructure community decision-making to determine the sectors, sub-sectors, segments, or critical functions that should continue normal operations, appropriately modified to account for Centers for Disease Control (CDC) workforce and customer protection guidance.

The attached list identifies workers who conduct a range of operations and services that are essential to continued critical infrastructure viability, including staffing operations centers, maintaining and repairing critical infrastructure, operating call centers, working construction, and performing management functions, among others. The industries they support represent, but are not necessarily limited to, medical and healthcare, telecommunications, information technology systems, defense, food and agriculture, transportation and logistics, energy, water and wastewater, law enforcement, and public works.

We recognize that State, local, tribal, and territorial governments are ultimately in charge of implementing and executing response activities in communities under their jurisdiction, while the Federal Government is in a supporting role. As State and local communities consider COVID-19-related restrictions, CISA is offering this list to assist prioritizing activities related to continuity of operations and incident response, including the appropriate movement of critical infrastructure workers within and between jurisdictions.

Accordingly, this list is advisory in nature. It is not, nor should it be considered to be, a federal directive or standard in and of itself.

In addition, these identified sectors and workers are not intended to be the authoritative or exhaustive list of critical infrastructure sectors and functions that should continue during the COVID-19 response. Instead, State and local officials should use their own judgment in using their authorities and issuing implementation directives and guidance. Similarly, critical infrastructure industry partners will use their own judgment, informed by this list, to ensure continued operations of critical infrastructure services and functions. All decisions should appropriately balance public safety while ensuring the continued delivery of critical infrastructure services and functions.

CISA will continue to work with you and our partners in the critical infrastructure community to update this list as the Nation’s response to COVID-19 evolves. We also encourage you to submit how you might use this list so that we can develop a repository of use cases for broad sharing across the country.

Attachment: “Guidance on the Essential Critical Infrastructure Workforce: Ensuring Community and National 

 

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COVID-19 CHILD CARE

GUIDANCE FOR CHILDCARE

Updated: March 24, 2020 10:45 A.M.

 

COVID-19 Resource Call Center 812-379-4449 – Anyone with concerns about symptoms of COVID-19 or exposure should contact the Resource Call Center BEFORE seeking medical attention. Those experiencing a medical emergency should call 911.

CRH Cough/Cold Clinic Locations:

  • Prompt Med on 25 St. located between Eastbrook Plaza and Fair Oaks Mall.
  • Second Cough/Cold Clinic located at 10th St. and Marr Rd.

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FSSA: Guidance on child cares remaining open/closing in light of COVID-19 pandemic

March 23, 2020

 

Child care is an essential service. This means that the operations of child care are necessary to continue to support the function of societal operations. Child care may remain open under the following conditions:

 

1. First priority shall be given to children of first responders, medical professionals and other professionals whose work is essential for the general community to stay healthy and safe. This includes children of workers who provide access to food and/or work in the general supply chain for goods, services and other basic needs.

 

2. Child care providers/operators who are over the age of 60 should close and should not be providing care. In addition, it is recommended that caregivers WHO HAVE underlying health conditions such as diabetes, lung disease or are medically fragile should stay home and should not be providing care to children in a child care setting.

 

3. All child care providers should immediately institute the practice of checking the temperature of each child when they are brought into the child care BEFORE THE PARENT LEAVES, AS WELL AS BEFORE THEY LEAVE THE FACILITY AT THE END OF THE DAY. If the child presents with a temperature of over 100.4, the child should not remain at the child care and must return home with the parent. Children who have had symptoms such as vomiting and diarrhea should remain home for at least 24 hours after the last episode. Families should be informed of this new policy in writing and providers can use the template provided by OECOSL to make this notification. Bartholomew County Health Department recommends fever free for 72 hours without fever-reducing medication with temperature checks upon arrival and prior to dismissal.

 

4. Social distancing practices should be continued with new policies that do not allow more than TEN children within one classroom or area. In addition, it is recommended that when possible programs keep the same children in consistent groups with the same teacher/caregiver. Flexibility can be used for intermittent scheduling when appropriate; however, the overarching goal is to minimize mingling of children. Bartholomew County Health Department recommends THE LIMIT OF TEN children per classroom or area.

 

5. It is recommended that programs adjust their daily schedules to allow one hour per day

for deep cleaning when children are not present. This may mean that programs close one hour early or open one hour late and have teaching staff perform deep cleaning of the early education environment. Please reference the cleaning and sanitizing information released by OECOSL for information on how to ensure cleaning practices are safe in the child care environment.

 

6. If a positive case of COVID-19 has occurred for a child or caregiver the facility must

temporarily close to facilitate cleaning. Those who are direct contacts should self isolate FOR A DETERMINED PERIOD OF TIME. The facility should complete deep cleaning and sanitizing of the child care in order to rapidly reopen. Please see the OECOSL guidance document titled COVID-19 checklist for guidance as well as sample templates for notifying staff and families of closures due to COVID-19.

 

Brian Niedbalski, MD

Health Officer

 

ChildCare

 

 

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