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Local Health Officials Encourage Preparation Over Fear - Coronavirus

To date, Indiana has not had a confirmed case of COVID-19 (coronavirus19). This is a new virus in humans and scientists are learning more each day. What we know today may change over time. The Monroe County Health Department realizes that concerns are growing among residents. Knowing the facts can help us remain calm. Planning for the spread of the virus will help us manage our lives should restrictions be needed.

State and local health officials have been working with Indiana University, IU Health, Emergency Management and others since January to ensure plans are in place to keep our community as safe as possible. Remember that for the general public, who are unlikely to be exposed to the virus at this time, the immediate health risk of this virus is low. Individual risk is dependent on exposure. Viruses cannot target people from specific populations, ethnicities, or racial backgrounds.

Residents should follow basic precautionary measures to prevent the spread of viruses like colds, influenza, and COVID-19. Remember the 3 Cs.

  • Cover your cough and sneezes with your elbow or a tissue.
  • Clean your hands often and well using soap and water
  • Contain – stay home when you are ill.

Individuals also have a role in planning for virus spread and potential community restrictions. Review your personal emergency plans for natural disasters (fire, flood, and tornado) and think broader. If you don’t have plans in place then now is the time to start making emergency plans. It is better to have plans and not need them than it is to not have them when needed.

You can start planning by thinking about these types of questions.

  • How would I manage staying home for two weeks?
  • Do I have food and necessities for two weeks? How could I get them on short notice?
  • Could I work from home?
  • How would I manage my child’s daycare if my child’s daycare closed for a 1-3 weeks?

The Monroe County Health Department is working closely with the Indiana State Department of Health, the CDC, and other community partners to ensure all necessary precautionary measures are being taken. 

For more information, visit the following websites.

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html

https://www.cdc.gov/nonpharmaceutical-interventions/index.html

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/specific-groups/guidance-business-response.html

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/php/preparing-communities.html