County: Stay-home orders still apply for Easter

From Local Sources

JASPER – The Dubois County Health Department is reminding Dubois County residents that social distancing and Gov. Eric Holcomb’s stay-at-home orders still apply this holiday weekend.

“Easter 2020 will be like no other we have experienced,” the county health department said in a press release.

“It is Easter weekend. Because of COVID-19, it may not seem like it. Yet our hearts call us to spend this time with family. But our brain knows we cannot. It’s not safe yet. It’s not safe for our loved ones, or for us. It’s not safe for our communities, our states, or our country,” said Dubois County Health Officer Dr. Ted Waflart. “Though holidays are a time to spend with family and friends, it is of the utmost importance that we continue to practice social distancing during this public health emergency. This will help slow the spread of COVID-19 in our community.”

The Dubois County Health Department strongly urges people to stay home, celebrate with your households, and use the technology available to celebrate together from afar.

“The actions everyone chooses this weekend will have a ripple effect for the weeks and months to come,” Waflart said. “It is everyone’s responsibility to safeguard against the transmission of the virus, so please choose wisely. Nobody except the people you live with should be in your home. Do not jeopardize the community’s health by relaxing social distancing.”

The county currently has confirmed 10 positive COVID-19 cases in county residents.

According to Memorial Hospital and Health Care Center’s COVID-19 Dashboard, the Jasper hospital has submitted 164 COVID-19 tests. Of those tests, 122 were negative and 31 are pending. View the dashboard here.

The hospital reminds residents that a patient’s address will determine what county reports the positive case.

The Indiana State Department of Health reported today 568 additional COVID-19 cases in the state. A total of 300 Hoosiers have died from the virus.

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