County under code Orange as virus cases rise

By Herald Staff

The Indiana State Department of Health has placed Dubois County under code Orange because of the rising number of COVID-19 cases. In response, county officials released a letter today calling on residents to do their part to stop the spread.

"Due to the number of positive cases on the rise in our county the State Department of Health has now placed us under code ORANGE, which correlates to “Medium to High Community Spread," states the letter from the Dubois County Health Department and local officials. "This is a huge concern to us and should be to all Dubois County citizens. While some of the reasons for this increase can be attributed to moving to Stage 5, this is not believed to be the full explanation."

According to the letter, the health department continues to get complaints and concerns from citizens that people are not wearing masks or not wearing them properly and are not practicing physical distancing.

"The State of Indiana is still under a mask mandate Executive Order 20-37," states the letter. :Please remember masks are worn to protect those around you by minimizing your droplet spread. Wear a mask and urge your friends and family to do same."

Local health officials have been asking people to follow Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Indiana State Department of Health guidelines since the beginning of the pandemic.

"It is now more important than ever as we are very close to being placed in code RED," the letter sates. "If that happens, the State of Indiana may request local authorities to take action in our county and we will risk falling back to an earlier stage. We do not want this to happen so please do your part to help stop the spread of this virus.

"Again, we are appealing to everyone and asking you to follow the guidelines now. Please do what’s right, wear your mask, practice physical distancing, stay home if you are ill, and avoid crowded gatherings."

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