COVID-19: Letter from Huntington County Health Officer Dr. Thomas J. Ringenberg

Posted October 28, 2020
Attention Huntington County,
 
Please read the press release from the Huntington County Health officer Dr. Thomas Ringenberg below:
 
Huntington County is seeing an increase in COVID-19 cases. According to the County Metrics map that was released by the Indiana State Department of Health on 10/28/2020, Huntington County’s score is now 2 which puts us in the orange category. The orange category means that Huntington County has medium to high community spread of COVID-19. We have seen a substantial influx of COVID-19 cases not only in our county, but in the region and state. According to the Indiana State Department of Health, there are a total of 202 COVID-19 hospitalized patients in our region, the highest number of hospitalized patients since the beginning of the pandemic. Of those hospitalized for COVID-19 in our region, approximately 22% are in the intensive care unit. There are approximately 23% of intensive care unit beds available in our region.
 
The following are recommendations from Dr. Ringenberg, Huntington County Health Officer:
 
• Churches are urged to transition to virtual worship for the next 2 weeks.
• Large gatherings over 100 individuals are highly discouraged.
• Online ordering and curbside pickup from restaurants and other businesses is encouraged to limit exposure time within confined spaces.
• Travel to other areas with documented moderate to high community spread is discouraged.
• Masking and social distancing in workplaces should continue.
• All critical infrastructure personnel within the county are encouraged to be masking whenever they are not able to socially distance so that they can stay healthy.
• All individuals should be masking when in public when they are unable to socially distance.
• Stay home if you are not feeling well and keep your children home when they are not feeling well.
• Frequently wash your hands with soap and water, if soap and water are unavailable, use hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol and rub until dry.
 
If COVID-19 cases continue to increase in Huntington County, more stringent restrictions may be implemented.
 
If you or your child is experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, isolate in your home and get tested. You should isolate while awaiting test results. If you or your child has been exposed to COVID-19, you should quarantine for 14 days from your date of exposure and wait 5-7 days to get tested, unless symptoms arise sooner.
 
There are two free testing sites in Huntington County:
 
• 225 Hauenstein Rd. in Huntington. To register visit: https://scheduling.coronavirus.in.gov/ or Call: (260) 366-6006.
• 1601 N. Jefferson St. in Huntington. To register visit https://scheduling.coronavirus.in.gov/ or call (888) 634-1116.
 
Each of us working together can make a difference in the health and well-being of our community.
 
Dr. Thomas J. Ringenberg, D.O
Huntington County Health officer
 
Visit www.coronavirus.in.gov for more information.

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