Health dept: State's plan appropriate for county for now

From Local Sources

JASPER — The county government has the authority to impose stricter restrictions than Gov. Eric Holcomb, however, the Dubois County Health Department says the governor's plan "is appropriate for reopening Dubois County at this time."

"The state’s as well as the county’s reopening will be continuously reevaluated based on the number of cases and hospitalizations and the health care system’s capacity," states a county health department press release. "State officials may re-impose certain restrictions if cases spike in particular areas."

The department adds that the key to advancing to each phase is everyone adhering to the recommended health safety guidelines laid out within the directive by the governor's office.

"Continue to practice physical distancing, perform good hygiene, and wear a cloth face covering in public when around others," the release states.

Holcomb's plan to reopen the state begins today. For information on the plan, visit

Dubois County's COVID-19 case count remains at 25.

According to Memorial Hospital and Health Care Center’s COVID-19 Dashboard, the Jasper hospital has submitted 419 tests. Of those, 367 were negative and 18 are pending. The hospital notes that a patient’s address will determine what county reports the positive case.

The Indiana State Department of Health reported Sunday 583 new cases, bringing the statewide total to 20,507. A total of 1,151 Hoosiers have died from the virus. Another 113 probable deaths have been reported, which are those for which a physician listed COVID-19 as a contributing cause of death, but for which no positive test is on record.

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