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Spencer County Health Department COVID-19 update

As of last Tuesday, June 2 at 11:59 p.m., Spencer County has had a total of 22 positive cases of COVID-19, with two on home quarantine, 19 recovered and one death.  Those numbers did not change in a week. On Monday, June 8 the state reported  have been 37,623 positive cases in the state of Indiana, with a total of 2,135 deaths.

Spencer County Health Officer, Stan Tretter, MD, supports Governor Holcomb’s Executive Order 20-26 Stage 3, which began on May 24 and lasts through June 14. Stage 3 states the following: 

• Restaurants can continue to be open at 50% seating capacity, with employees to be screened daily and required to wear face coverings.

• High-Risk individuals (65 and older, and those under 65 with health conditions) should use caution and limit exposure in community.

• Religious services may convene inside places of worship if the group remains under 100 individuals and social distance is maintained. 

• Social distancing — maintain a six-foot distance from people other than one’s own household members.

• Cloth face coverings are highly recommended when outside of home.

• Mass gatherings of no more than 100.

• Citizen use of cloth face masks when in public strongly recommended. Some businesses require face coverings to enter.

Governor Holcomb’s full Back on Track plan can be found online at www.backontrack.in.gov.

Centers for Disease Control recommends the following:

• Wearing cloth facemasks when in public settings.

• Practicing social distancing (at least six feet apart).

• Mass gatherings should be limited to less than 100 people..

• Wash hands with soap and water for 20 seconds often; if hand washing is unavailable, use hand sanitizer (at least 60% alcohol).

• Cover your coughs and sneezes with a tissue, then throw tissue in the trash.

• Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.

• Sanitize frequently touched surfaces and objects regularly.

• Avoid handshakes and “high-fives” to prevent the transmission of COVID-19.

• Stay home if you are sick, except to get medical care.

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