COVID-19 Update - March 20, 2020

Friday, March 20:

March 20, 2020

1:27 p.m.

City Building Offices to Close to Public

In response to rapidly evolving conditions surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic, the city of Huntington will close the City Building, located at 300 Cherry St., to public access effective 8 a.m. Monday, March 23. The closure will remain in place until further notice.

9:03 a.m.

Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb announced Indiana small businesses are eligible for federal Small Business Administration assistance. To apply for loans or receive more information about the Economic Injury Disaster Loan program, visit http://SBA.gov/Disaster. Contact 1-800-659-2955 or disastercustomerservice@sba.gov with additional questions. The deadline to apply for the disaster loans is Dec. 18, 2020.

Also, the Indiana State Department of Health issued its latest COVID-19 Resource Guide for Indiana residents. To learn more, click here: www.in.gov/coronavirus/files/COVID-19%20Resource%20Guide%20for%20Hoosiers.pdf.

Thursday, March 19:

Due to the executive order by Governor Eric Holcomb today, HCCSC will be closed until May 1, 2020. Remote leaning will continue. Please visit www.hccsc.k12.in.us for more information.

Wednesday, March 18:

Public Resources

The following resources have been put in place to help Indiana residents impacted by COVID-19:

State officials evaluating crisis’ impact on small businesses

As small businesses deal with closures and uncertainty amid measures aimed at slowing the spread of COVID-19, state officials are measuring the impact in hopes of securing federal assistance.

Huntington County Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Steve Kimmel said Wednesday that all local businesses are following guidance from public health officials to shut down or alter normal business practices.

“We are hopeful this disruption is short-lived, but at this time no one really knows,” he said.

Local business owners can go to https://isbdc.org/indianacovid19smallbusiness/ to share how their operations have been and will continue to be affected by the current crisis.

The State of Indiana Economic Development Corporation and Department of Homeland Security will use these responses to identify areas of greatest need and request an economic injury disaster declaration. Accurate responses from local business owners will assist state officials as they seek to make Indiana eligible for Small Business Administration funds from the federal government.

“If the closures last longer than a couple of weeks, many of our local establishments will struggle for the rest of the year, or could be forced to close their doors,” Kimmel said. “Any help the federal SBA funds could provide would help our local business community survive.”

Tuesday, March 17, 2020:

Gov. Holcomb Signs Executive Order to Slow the Spread of COVID-19

INDIANAPOLIS — In a continuing effort to slow the spread of novel coronavirus (COVID-19), Governor Eric J. Holcomb has announced additional efforts.

Here are additional directives from Governor Holcomb:

  • Gov. Holcomb signed an executive order Monday memorializing that day’s announcements. A copy of the executive order is attached. Here is a link to Monday’s press release: https://calendar.in.gov/site/gov/event/gov-holcomb-announces-more-steps-to-slow-the-spread-of-covid-19/
    • The governor’s executive order also actives the Indiana National Guard to be on duty to assist as needed.
    • The governor’s executive order also delays non-essential public meetings. For essential meetings, one member is required to be physically present, but other members will be allowed to participate electronically.
  • Bars, nightclubs and restaurants should now be closed to dine-in patrons. They may provide take-out and delivery services through the end of March. The Governor expects those businesses to comply with the directive for the safety of Hoosiers in their communities without the need to call for enforcement measures.
  • Indiana Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) program has provided guidance to WIC agencies to help them continue to serve clients while protecting staff and their families. https://www.in.gov/isdh/19691.htm
  • The CDC has issued new guidance for when people can come out of self-isolation or quarantine. https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/if-you-are-sick/steps-when-sick.html
  • The ISDH call center continues to experience high volume. Hoosiers with general questions are encouraged to visit the website in.gov/coronavirus for more information. ISDH has implemented a toll-free call center at 877-826-0011 that includes options for healthcare providers as well as the public. Call center staff will not offer medical advice or provide test results.
  • The Indiana Department of Workforce Development (DWD) has 12 Workforce Regions throughout the state. At least one WorkOne is open in each region, except Marion County. DWD is working with that local WorkOne to ensure unemployment insurance claimants who need access to a computer have that access.
  • The Indiana State Library is now closed to the public. Access to the library’s online services, such as Ask-A-Librarian, INSPIRE and the Digital Collections, will continue to be available without interruption.

10:02 a.m. March 17, 2020:

There are currently 30 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and two related deaths in the state of Indiana. No cases currently are reported in Huntington County, according to the most recent data from the Indiana State Department of Health.

Testing for COVID-19 is not widely available. If you are sick, stay home. If you are exhibiting the most common symptoms of COVID-19 -- a fever of 100 degrees Fahrenheit and a cough -- please call your healthcare provider to determine what to do next. Do not visit a healthcare provider without calling first.

On Monday, Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb announced a measure to close bars and restaurants to in-person dining across the state. The majority of Indiana’s school districts, including the Huntington County Community School Corporation, have announced closures.

To help slow the spread of novel coronavirus, the Huntington County Health Department recommends the following:

  • Practice social distancing. If it is necessary to be out in public, maintain a distance from others of at least six feet.
  • Avoid attending or hosting any large gatherings.
  • Avoid nonessential travel.
  • Work from home when possible.
  • Avoid visiting care settings such as nursing homes. Call your loved ones instead to protect our most vulnerable residents from the spread of novel coronavirus.

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 their public exposure. Whenever possible, friends and family should arrange to provide food and other essential items.

Preventive measures everyone can take include:

  • Wash your hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Apply hand sanitizer that is at least 60% alcohol and rub hands until dry.
  • Avoid shaking hands. Use a different way to acknowledge others.
  • Practice good cough etiquette. Cough into your elbow or a tissue, then safely dispose of the tissue and wash your hands immediately.

As of this time, the City Building has closed the Water Billing Department payment window until further notice to protect city residents and staff. Click here for alternate utility bill payment methods.

Face-to-face interactions between city residents and staff at the City Building also will be limited for the time being. If you have business at a government building, please call first so we can determine if we can assist you in a manner that does not require a physical visit. The safety of city residents and employees is our top consideration.

If you have further questions related to COVID-19, please call the Huntington County Health Department at (260) 358-4831.

March 16, 2020

Gov. Holcomb announces additional steps to slow COVID-19 spread

  • Indiana will adhere to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for large events and mass gatherings. The guidance recommends no in-person events of more than 50 people. Here is a link to the guidance: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/large-events/mass-gatherings-ready-for-covid-19.html
  • Under the current guidance for schools, 273 public school districts are closed, using e-learning days, or on spring break and have announced a future closure. The Department of Education is working with the remaining 16 school corporations to determine their next steps and needs
  • 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
  • Hospitals and ambulatory surgical centers should cancel and/or postpone elective and non-urgent surgical procedures immediately. This action will help the healthcare system conserve resources and personnel necessary to meet emerging health needs
    • Physicians should continue to perform critical procedures necessary to prevent short-term and/or long-term adverse effects to their patients’ overall health
  • The state’s Emergency Operations Center has been raised to a Level 1 status and will work in conjunction with the incident command center at the Indiana State Department of Health for planning, coordination, predictive analysis and other functions
  • State employees will maximize the use of remote work and meet virtually whenever possible while maintaining operations. 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
  • State 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 Indiana State Museum and Historic Sites, which are closed on Mondays, will close to the public beginning Tuesday
  • The visitors center at White River State Park will close
  • Indiana state parks and recreation centers, including state park inns, remain open. Restaurants will convert operations to take-out and delivery
  • State agencies already are developing remote work plans for employees and will continue to implement them while maintaining necessary state services. Employees who work outdoors are encouraged to practice social distancing
  • The Department of Workforce Development (DWD) has suspended rules requiring certain unemployment insurance claimants to physically appear at a Work One location to engage in reemployment services for the next four weeks. This will ensure that individuals who may be symptomatic do not have to physically appear to continue their unemployment insurance eligibility
    • The DWD will also request flexibility under federal and state law to expand eligibility for claimants and ease burdens on employers
  • The Indiana Economic Development Corporation will postpone the inaugural Indiana Global Economic Summit, scheduled for April 26-28
  • Communities are encouraged to work together to provide child care options for all who need assistance and delivery services of meals and other necessities for senior citizens
  • Hoosiers who can donate blood are encouraged to visit local blood centers. Blood supplies are low. Please follow the guidance at www.redcross.org

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