UPDATES: Coronavirus developments in the countyMarch 16, 2020
From Local Sources
No cases of COVID-19, known as the coronavirus, have been confirmed in Dubois County, according to the Dubois County Health Department.
As the threat of the virus looms, some organizations have decided to cancel events. Others are taking precautions.
This story will be updated with the latest.
5:04 p.m. Monday
• French Lick Springs Hotel, West Baden Springs Hotel and Valley Tower are all temporarily closing starting Thursday. Read more here.
4:10 p.m. Monday
• The Jasper-Dubois County Contractual Public Libraries — Jasper, Dubois, Ferdinand and Birdseye — will close at 8 p.m. tonight and will remain closed through March 31.
3:13 p.m. Monday
Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb and the Indiana State Department of Health today announced the first Indiana death from COVID-19. The patient is a Marion County adult. Learn more here.
11:33 a.m. Monday
• In a continuing effort to slow the spread of novel coronavirus, Governor Eric J. Holcomb has announced additional efforts including the closing of bars and restaurants to the public through the end of March. More details here.
9:25 a.m. Monday
• Memorial Hospital has developed an alternative screening site at 695 W. Second St. for patients who do not require emergency department services, but who have symptoms of fever, cough and respiratory congestion or shortness of breath. For more information, click here.
7:19 a.m. Monday
• Indiana officials announced four new coronavirus cases, bringing the total number statewide to 19. Read more here.
6:46 a.m. Monday
• Additional safety precautions have been implemented to continue to keep patients safe at Memorial Hospital and Health Care Center. For the latest on these precautions, click here.
• Dairy Queen Grill & Chill in Huntingburg is offering free kid's meals this week as a way to ensure children who need a meal while out of school are able to receive it. Click here for more details.
• Kim's Koffee in Huntingburg is offering a free bowl of soup and a drink to children while they are out of school. The coffee shop also says free internet is available to complete e-learning assignments. Click here for more details.
8:27 p.m. Sunday
• The Dubois County Health Department has reported that there are no confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Dubois County.
4:20 p.m. Friday
• The Older Americans Center in Jasper announced that all scheduled activities — including bingo, catered meals and exercise classes — are canceled through Friday, April 3. The casino trip scheduled for Wednesday is postponed until May 13.
3:56 p.m. Friday
• The Jasper Park and Recreation Department has announced that all organized activities at the Jasper Youth Sports Complex, Schroeder Soccer Complex and Older Americans Center are suspended until April 4.
3:45 p.m. Friday
No cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed in Dubois County, according to a press release from the Dubois County Health Department. The agency advises residents to visit its website for updated information. Visit the website here.
Agencies in the county are working jointly on a daily basis to take proactive measures to reduce the potential to acquire or spread the virus in our community, according to the release.
Citizens of Dubois County are encouraged to follow the guidance and recommendations from the Gov. Eric Holcomb and the Indiana State Department of Health. People with symptoms of fever, cough and shortness of breath should call their doctor’s office or the emergency department before you arrive and tell them about your recent travels and symptoms.
The most important thing you can do right now is educate yourself about the virus, according to the health department. More information may be found on the Indiana State Department of Health or Centers for Disease Control and Prevention websites.
2:43 p.m. Friday
• All Dubois County schools have announced a plan to close their schools through April 3. The time off will be a combination of days off school, e-learning days and spring break.
• After receiving further guidance from Purdue Extension, all face to face progamming for the Dubois County 4-H Fair has been canceled until April 6. All 4-H and Purdue Extension events are canceled in this time period.
2:17 p.m. Friday
• Additional events have been postponed or canceled during the St. Patrick Celebration in Ireland this weekend. The dodgeball tournament has been postponed and O'Blarney kids games have been canceled.
1:50 p.m. Friday
• Purdue Extension Dinners along with the program of Weathering the Storm in Agriculture on Monday March 16 at Dubois and the Dubois Cunty 4-H Fairgrounds are canceled.
• The SAT exam scheduled for Saturday at Jasper High School is canceled. There is no makeup date.
• The Jasper High School prom is moved to Saturday, May 16 at The Calumet in Jasper.
• Kappa Delta Phi Sorority's annual Daddy Daughter Dance set for Thursday at the Huntingburg Teen Outback has been postponed.
12:30 p.m. Friday
The IHSAA has postponed the boys basketball tournament that Northeast Dubois and Heritage Hills were set to play in this weekend.
12:18 p.m. Friday
• Houses of prayer aren’t immune to the coronavirus, and as the disease spreads nationally, local churches are taking precautions to protect their congregations. Click here to read more about how local churches are reacting.
12:02 p.m. Friday
• Dubois County superintendents will have a joint meeting with the Dubois County Health Department’s emergency response team early this afternoon. More information about possible school cancellations will be made available after the meeting.
10:50 a.m. Friday
• Huntingburg mayor Denny Spinner and Jasper mayor Dean Vonderheide issued a joint statement concerning local preparedness for the coronavirus. Read their statement here.
• Coronavirus concerns prompted the Indiana High School Athletic Association to limit fan attendance for the remainder of the boys and girls basketball state tournaments. The IHSAA issued a statement on Thursday that Saturday’s regional games will continue, but only 75 fans from each school will be allowed to attend. Read reactions from Northeast Dubois head coach Terry Friedman and Heritage Hills head coach Nate Hawkins here.
9:50 a.m. Friday
According to the Dubois County Health Department website, as of today, there are no confirmed coronavirus cases in Dubois County. Click here for more.
8:52 a.m. Friday
• Two events during this weekend's St. Patrick's Celebration in Ireland have been canceled. The Ireland Craft Fair and the Climb a CAT event have both been canceled in light of Gov. Eric Holcomb's directive to limit events to 250 people or less. As of now, all other events are still planned.
8:10 a.m. Friday
• Vincennes University and Vincennes University Jasper have extended spring break until Sunday, March 22. Classes will resume March 23 in an online format. Faculty and staff are expected to report next week as usual at all VU sites until further notice, but should remain home if they are experiencing any symptoms. More information is available at www.vinu.edu.
• The University of Southern Indiana has extended spring break one week through Sunday, March 22. While campus will remain open, all in-person courses will be moved to online or alternative delivery by Monday, March 23. Upon resuming coursework March 23, students should log into Blackboard to find their courses and instructional information. Previously scheduled online courses, including those with a start date of March 16 will continue as scheduled unless otherwise communicated by the instructor. At this time, the plan is for classes to resume in person Monday, April 6.
• The Sisters of St. Benedict has canceled a total community meeting that was scheduled for this weekend. Prioress Sister Anita Louise Lowe instead called for sisters to make Saturday a day of prayer, saying it is for all who are affected throughout our country and our world, for all medical personnel, and for all who are making decisions for the common good. The Sisters invite you to “join them in asking God’s intercession to restore health to all and to maintain peace and good order as we deal with ramifications of the spread of this virus.” The Sisters’ Benedictine Hospitality Center will refrain from housing overnight guests for the next 30 days. A reevaluation will be done at that time to determine if additional delays will occur. Precautions for visitors are being taken at the monastery. If you have questions regarding the restrictions before visiting, call 812-367-1411 or follow the monastery on facebook.com/FerdinandOSB. The Sisters have also canceled: Sundaes with the Sisters, March 22; The Way of the Cross, March 28; Spirituality in the Different Stages of Life, April 28.
• The National Players were scheduled to present two plays on Friday and Saturday at Saint Meinrad Archabbey in St. Meinrad, but the shows have been canceled.
• The Dubois County Emergency Management Agency has canceled severe weather spotter training that was to be held in Jasper on March 16.
• The senior citizen dinner scheduled for Sunday at St. Joseph Parish in Jasper has been canceled.
• The Indiana State School Music Association has canceled its ISSMA-sponsored music events through April 11.
4:30 p.m. Thursday
• According to a Dubois County Health Department press release, there are no confirmed COVID-19 cases in Dubois County.
• Indiana schools will be allowed to close for up to 20 days this school year without penalties, the governor’s office announced Thursday among steps toward helping stem the coronavirus spread. Gov. Eric Holcomb is also discouraging non-essential gatherings of more than 250 people in sites such as churches, stadiums, conference rooms and auditoriums. Read more about the announcement here.
• To help protect students, schools and communities from the spread of COVID-19, the Indiana State School Music Association has canceled its ISSMA-sponsored music events through April 11.
• A notice the Purdue Extension emailed to 4-H volunteers informs that the extension follows similar policy to Purdue University, which is placing restrictions on events and programs due to the coronavirus. The notice states that 4-H events scheduled in Dubois County March 16 through April 30 are canceled or postponed.
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