FOUNTAIN WARREN COUNTIES, Ind. (WLFI) – Health leaders in Fountain and Warren counties are asking people to start taking COVID-19 seriously. Starting Monday, November 9, the health department is asking everyone to participate in three weeks of serious pandemic prevention.
As we reported before, Fountain County became the COVID-19 hotspot for the second time when the Indiana Department of Health moved it into the “red zone”. Some local leaders were before not much support of appropriate precautions, according to health department leadership.
“In October, Fountain & Warren County entered a new phase of the COVID-19 Pandemic,” said Dr. Sean Sharma, County Health Officer, in a press release. “Infection rates have risen dramatically, from the lowest in the state to the highest. The virus has spread to our schools, nursing homes and businesses. Regional and regional and public health resources are under strain. The pandemic will worsen in the coming months. Now is the time to act. “
Here is a list of the preventive measures the health department requires people to take:
- Masks should be worn in all common areas of the house.
- Social gatherings are limited to less than 25 individuals.
- Schools and churches are encouraged to work with health departments to determine the safest way to maintain live services.
- Restaurants and bars should not exceed 50% of their capacity and strict safety precautions must be followed. Curbside pick-ups are recommended.
- All businesses should require face masking, practice away from society, and use of virus screening measures for employees and guests.
- Visits to group care facilities, prisons and hospitals should be limited.
- Any ongoing K-12 extracurricular activities, such as sporting and music events, should be limited to participants, coaches and support staff only.
- Centers for the elderly should be closed, and vulnerable people should stay home.
“Some people may suspect these steps are necessary or will make a difference,” Dr. Sharma said in the press release. “We ask for your consideration and compliance. Consider this the way for you to have a safer Thanksgiving and Christmas with your family.”
Click here to visit the Fountain Warren County Health Department website. There is a trial at the department. Call (765) 762-3035 or email FWHealthCOVIDQuestions@gmail.com with questions or concerns.