County enacts additional virus restrictions

By Herald Staff

The Dubois County Health Department supports Gov. Eric Holcomb's most recent coronavirus restrictions that take effect this weekend, but plans to enact additional ones for the county.

"Due to the urgent situation in Dubois County we at the health department have chosen to implement Governor Holcomb’s plan for an Orange county with additional restrictions," states a county health department press release. "In some instances, we will follow the recommendations for a Red status, also we are recommending that social gatherings be limited to 50 people and we will not be approving plans for larger numbers. We expect that these restrictions will be in effect for a minimum of a month."

Learn about Holcomb's restrictions at

The county's restrictions are:

• Social gatherings of any kind, inside or outside, are limited to 50 people. At this time the Dubois County Health Department will not be granting approval for any gatherings over 50 people.

• Attendance at winter indoor K-12 extracurricular and co-curricular activities, including IHSAA sports, is limited to participants, support personnel and parents/guardians/siblings only.

• Community recreational sports leagues and tournaments may continue with participants, required personnel and parents/guardians only.

• Capacity in common areas and break rooms should be reduced.

• Senior care activities are suspended.

• Hospitals, long-term care facilities and other congregate settings should impose visitation limits, if not already in place.

• Businesses must post signs at public and employee entrances stating that face coverings are required, and only people wearing face coverings be allowed inside. Avoid altercations. If customers become unruly, notify the local police.

• All customers (other than household contacts) in restaurants, bars and nightclubs must be spaced 6 feet apart and sitting while being served.

The Indiana Department of Homeland Security and the Alcohol & Tobacco Commission will join local governments to check businesses for occupancy, physical distancing and face covering requirements.

The Dubois County Health Department urges that anyone who observes non-compliance by a business to notify the department. They will contact the business to encourage their compliance. If unsuccessful, they will notify the Indiana Department of Homeland Security or the Alcohol & Tobacco Commission.

"Every citizen of Dubois County should do their part to stop the spread of COVID-19," the press release states. "To those that already are we thank you! But to those who are not, it is now all up to you to make a difference in Dubois County in order for us to get through this Health Emergency. Wear a mask, practice physical distancing, wash your hands, stay home when sick! Do the right thing and we will get through this."

The Indiana State Department of Health reported Thursday 34 new COVID-19 cases in Dubois County.

A total of 1,973 cases have been recorded in the county, and 29 deaths related to the virus. A total of 10,980 Dubois County residents have been tested.

The Indiana State Department of Health reported Thursday 6,654 new cases, bringing the statewide total to 230,965 cases. A total of 4,563 Hoosiers have died from the virus. Another 250 probable deaths have been reported.

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