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Sunday, April 18, 2021

The Indiana State Department of Health, Governor Eric Holcomb Emergency Proclamations:

  • Schools closed for remainder of this school year. Remote learning will continue through the end of this school year.(Dr. Governor Holcomb’s State Address 4/2/20)
  • Stay at Home Order to all Indiana residents unless working at an essential business, medical appointments, or picking up essential supplies(State of Indiana Emergency Proclamation 20-08)
  • Restaurants and Bars are required to close to in-person patrons and may provide take-out and delivery services through April 6, 2020(State of Indiana Emergency Proclamation 20-14)

Centers for Disease Control Recommendations:

  • Practice social distancing: stay home if possible
  • Mass gatherings should be limited to less than 10 people.
  • Wash hands with soap & water for 20 seconds often; if hand washing is unavailable, use hand sanitizer (at least 60% alcohol)
  • Cover your coughs & sneezes with a tissue; then throw in trash
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands
  • Sanitize frequently touched surfaces and objects frequently
  • Avoid handshakes and ‘high-fives” to prevent the transmission of COVID-19
  • Stay home if you are sick, except to get medical care 

Travel Recommendations:

  • The US Surgeon General Dr. Jerome Adams has listed Indianapolis among one of six new COVID-19 hotspots. This is due to significantly growing cases, and hospitals are gearing up for an influx of COVID-19 patients. Indianapolis is listed among New Orleans, Chicago, Detroit, Los Angeles, and Miami.
  • Avoid travel unless critical, especially to Indianapolis. 
  • The Center for Disease Control (CDC) does give several considerations before travel, to help you make a better-informed decision:
  • Is the virus spreading in the area where you plan to go?  Check the local health department/ state department websites. 
  • What happens if during your travel you encounter someone with COVID-19 and must stay at home to self-monitor for an extended amount of time? Or, if you become ill yourself? 
  • Also remember an individual may show minor symptoms but still spread the virus to those high-risk individuals. 

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