WROI News Archives for 2020-03

Gov. Holcomb extends restaurant, bar restrictions

Governor Eric J. Holcomb today signed two executive orders to aid in the fight against COVID-19. To see copies of the executive orders, click here: https://www.in.gov/gov/2384.htm

 

Executive order 20-14 extends the requirements for bars, nightclubs and restaurants to stay closed to dine-in patrons until April 6 at 11:59 p.m. They may continue to provide take-out and delivery services.

 

The Governor expects bars, nightclubs and restaurants to comply with the directive for the safety of Hoosiers in their communities without the need to call for enforcement measures. However, the state and local boards of health and the Indiana Alcohol and Tobacco Commission (ATC) have been directed by the Governor to take all available administrative and enforcement actions against establishments that continue to offer in-house dining services, in violation of the governor’s order.

 

Executive order 20-15 eases government operations including permitting electronic notary services to remotely review and approve documents.

 

Additional steps taken by the state today include:

 

  • The Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) will hold a virtual job fair for more than 1,000 construction and related positions at 10 a.m. ET on Thursday, April 16.
  • The Indiana Commission for Higher Education will offer free virtual FAFSA filing help for students and families from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, April 4.
    • Help will be available through the Commission’s Learn More Indiana social media platforms: Facebook (facebook.com/LearnMoreIN), Instagram (@LearnMoreIndiana) and Twitter (@LearnMoreIN)

Click here to download public service announcements (PSAs) recorded by the state for your use: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/egf210ognxxyx4h/AADYd7E-tBn7P6gtiLSZUiVBa?dl=0

 

More information may be found at the ISDH website at coronavirus.in.gov and the CDC website at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html.

Kentucky man now charged with Disobeying a Declaration of Disaster Emergency

A Kentucky man was arrested by Indiana State Police on a number of charges.  He now faces one more - Disobeying a Declaration of Disaster Emergency - Class B Misdemeanor.

 

The Hamilton County Prosecutor filed formal charges on Zachary Peters. Those charges include I.C. 10-14-3-12/MB Disobeying a Declaration of Disaster Emergency.

 

This is a circumstance where the stay at home order issued by the Governor was enforced as an additional charge to a crime. The official charges filed were:

 

  • Possession of Cocaine - Level 4 Felony
  • Carrying a Handgun without a License - Class A Misdemeanor
  • Possession of a Controlled Substance - Class A Misdemeanor
  • Possession of Marijuana - Class B Misdemeanor
  • Possession of Paraphernalia - Class C Misdemeanor
  • Disobeying a Declaration of Disaster Emergency - Class B Misdemeanor

Original press release

A Kentucky man was arrested by the Indiana State Police after a traffic stop led to the discovery of a stolen gun and several drugs.

 

Zachary Peters, 24, of Crestwood, Kentucky was allegedly driving 96 miles per hour in a 70 miles per hour zone on I-69 near the Hamilton and Madison County Line. Trooper Josh Thayer made the stop just after 10:30 pm.  During Thayer's interaction with Peters, marijuana, cocaine, and controlled substance (pills), a stolen gun and drug paraphernalia was located in the vehicle. 

 

Peters was arrested and transported to the Hamilton County Jail.

Rochester Iron and Metal reopens

Rochester Iron and Metal has reopened to the public with modified procedures effective March 31st. Patrons will be asked to remain in their vehicles until time of payment and practice social distancing otherwise. We will also not be buying aluminum cans for the time being. Thank you.

Walmart announces additional steps for the health and safety of Associates

As our company and country continue to deal with the spread of COVID-19, we remain focused on the health and safety of our associates.

 

We continue to follow and communicate the CDC’s recommended guidance on behaviors like washing hands, social distancing and the cleaning of surfaces. And we have made significant operational changes in our stores, clubs, DCs and FCs this month – such as closing overnight for cleaning, starting to install sneeze guards at checkout and pharmacies, using wipes and sprayers for carts, putting in signing for social distancing and implementing a COVID-19 emergency leave policy.

 

Today we’re sharing additional steps we’re taking to promote a safe and healthy workplace.

 

Temperature Checks

As the COVID-19 situation has evolved, we’ve decided to begin taking the temperatures of our associates as they report to work in stores, clubs and facilities, as well as asking them some basic health screening questions. We are in the process of sending infrared thermometers to all locations, which could take up to three weeks.

 

Any associate with a temperature of 100.0 degrees will be paid for reporting to work and asked to return home and seek medical treatment if necessary. The associate will not be able to return to work until they are fever-free for at least three days.

 

Many associates have already been taking their own temperatures at home, and we’re asking them to continue that practice as we start doing it on-site. And we’ll continue to ask associates to look out for other symptoms of the virus (coughing, feeling achy, difficulty breathing) and never come to work when they don’t feel well.

 

Our COVID-19 emergency leave policy allows associates to stay home if they have any COVID-19 related symptoms, concerns, illness or are quarantined – knowing that their jobs will be protected.

 

Masks and Gloves

Today we are also sharing more guidance with our associates regarding masks and gloves.

While the CDC and other health officials do not recommend masks or gloves for healthy people who don't ordinarily use them for their jobs, we will make them available — as supplies permit — for associates who want to wear them.

 

The masks will arrive in 1-2 weeks. They will be high-quality masks, but not N95 respirators – which should be reserved for at-risk healthcare workers.

 

We encourage anyone who would like to wear a mask or gloves at work to ask their supervisor for them, while keeping in mind that it is still possible to spread germs while wearing them.

 

6-20-100 Guidance

This week we are also sharing a new framework with associates regarding healthy behaviors at work. We’re asking them to remember three numbers: 6, 20 and 100.

 

6 feet is the amount of space people should keep from others, when possible, to maintain social distancing.

 

20 seconds is the amount of time people should take to wash their hands with soap and water.

And 100 is the temperature that someone should stay home with.

 

We will continue to consult with health officials and experts inside and outside Walmart as this situation evolves. We greatly appreciate the work our associates are doing for customers, members, and their communities, and we will continue to prioritize their health and well-being.

Health department announces 14 new COVID-19 deaths, updates statewide case count

The Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH) today announced that 374 additional Hoosiers have been diagnosed with COVID-19 through testing at ISDH, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and private laboratories. That brings to 2,159 the total number of Indiana residents known to have the novel coronavirus following corrections to the previous day’s total. Forty-nine Hoosiers have died.

                                                           

To date, 13,373 tests have been reported to ISDH, up from 11,658 on Monday.

 

Marion County had the most new cases, at 170, while Lake County had 50, Johnson County had 20, Hamilton County had 16, St. Joseph County had 13 and Hendricks County had 11. The complete list of counties with cases is included in the ISDH COVID-19 dashboard at coronavirus.in.gov, which will be updated daily at 10 a.m. Cases are listed by county of residence. Private lab reporting may be delayed and will be reflected in the map and count when results are received at ISDH.

 

The dashboard also has been updated to include demographics on individuals who have died and make other corrections based on updated information provided to ISDH.

 

Additional updates on the state’s response to the COVID-19 outbreak may be provided later today. 

Kosciusko County COVID-19 update

Kosciusko County is now reporting four positive cases of COVID-19 according to the newest data released by the Kosciusko County Health Department.

 

Officials say they have performed 111 total tests.

 

Experts want to remind everyone that once they are notified of a positive lab, they begin a case investigation. The department has been able to start investigations within the first hour, meaning they have contacted the case and have identified close contacts, as well as work/facility environments.

 

Across the state, there were 272 new positive cases on Monday, bringing the total to 1,786.

Gov. Holcomb details COVID-19 surge plan; Governor also signs executive order

Governor Eric J. Holcomb signed an executive order and detailed Indiana’s plan for the anticipated spike in COVID-19 cases.

 

To see a copy of the executive order, click here: https://www.in.gov/gov/2384.htm

 

“We see a surge coming and we’re calling in the reinforcements, bolstering Indiana’s capacity to provide additional health care services during this emergency,” said Gov. Eric J. Holcomb. “By eliminating licensing barriers and tapping in to the available talent pool of healthcare workers, Hoosiers are staffing up and stepping up to meet this challenge head-on.”

 

The executive order allows the following professionals who do not currently hold an active license to practice:

  • medical professionals who retired or became inactive in the last five years
  • medical professionals who hold licenses in other states
  • medical professionals who held licenses in other states and retired or became inactive in the last five years
  • certain medical students and graduates

 

These professionals must register with the Indiana Professional Licensing Agency via their website at www.in.gov/pla. These professionals will be able to assist in screenings, telemedicine and other basic procedures to allow regularly licensed medical professionals to be on the frontline.

 

In Indiana, the baseline number of critical care hospital beds is 1,432. As of Monday, hospitals have already taken steps to increase the number of critical care hospital beds to 1,940. Overall, the state’s plan is to double the number, if needed, by taking existing noncritical care hospital beds, recovery rooms, operating rooms and outpatient facilities, turning them into critical care hospital beds.

 

In Indiana, the baseline number of ventilators is 1,177 ventilators. As of Monday, hospitals have identified another 750 ventilators that can be used for critical care patients. Overall, the state’s plan is to double the number, if needed, by repurposing ventilators from operating rooms, ambulatory care centers, EMS and the Indiana National Guard.

 

Additionally, the surge plan calls for moving less critical patients to alternate facilities including neighborhood hospitals, medical clinics and state-owned hospitals, such as unopened floors at the NeuroDiagnostic Institute hospital in Indianapolis and the Richmond State Hospital.

 

If needed, after all of these steps are exhausted, Indiana will be prepared to put patients in alternative facilities. The Indiana National Guard and Department of Homeland Security, in conjunction with FEMA, are in charge of these plans.

 

The state of Indiana has been working on plans related to COVID-19 since January, and each hospital has a disaster plan in place. Planning has become more specific for state health and hospital officials as models of the projected impact of coronavirus became available. Based on those models, Indiana’s patient surge is expected to begin soon and the peak is expected to be mid-April to mid-May.

Fulton Co. sheriff says you won't get pulled over for essential travel

The Fulton County sheriff says there has been some confusion and questions about the executive order about essential travel.

 

Sheriff Chris Sailors details items that fall under the definition of "essential" and what law enforcement's intent is toward enforcing the order.

 

 

Visit the Fulton County Health Department website for local COVID-19 updates.

Lane restrictions scheduled for U.S. 31 in Argos

The Indiana Department of Transportation has scheduled lane restrictions for installation of a Weigh-in-Motion system on U.S. 31 in Argos between mile marker 216 and mile marker 218. This will impact travel Monday, April 6 to Wednesday, April 8.  

 

Starting at 7 a.m. on April 6, northbound and southbound traffic will have access to the outside lanes only of U.S. 31 in this stretch. Drivers will have a 10 ft. travel lane and 11 ft. shoulder, and the inside lanes will be closed. 

 

 

Starting at 7 a.m. on April 7, northbound and southbound traffic will then be shifted to the inside lanes where they will have a 10 ft. travel lane and a 4 ft. shoulder. The outside lanes will be closed.

This project is expected to be completed on Wednesday, April 8. All work is weather dependent. This project is both temperature and moisture sensitive and therefore is susceptible to delays. 

 

INDOT encourages drivers to allow extra time when driving through this area. Drivers should slow down, exercise caution and drive distraction-free through all work zones. 

Miami Correctional Facility producing masks, sanitizer, more

Governor Eric J. Holcomb announced offenders at the Miami Correctional Facility are producing face masks, personal protection gowns, face shields and hand sanitizer to be used in the fight against COVID-19.

 

“I’m pleased to have the Department of Correction joining the ranks of Hoosier businesses, large and small, stepping forward in the fight against COVID-19.  Production of these items will lessen the strain on the supply chain, leaving more of these products available for Hoosiers,” Gov. Holcomb said.

 

After the first case of COVID-19 was confirmed in the State of Indiana, the Department of Correction changed the mission of Indiana Correctional Industry’s (ICI) production lines at Miami Correctional Facility from offender uniforms to the production of protective equipment. This week, ICI stood up two production lines that are producing 200 protection gowns and 200 masks per day. Additionally, the shop is currently in production of 650 12-ounce bottles of hand sanitizer.

 

The Department of Correction plans to repurpose another production line at Wabash Valley Correctional Facility to expand the production of protective equipment.

 

The personal protective equipment (PPE) being made by offenders will be used by first responders and in Department of Correction facilities to allow traditional PPE to remain available for health care workers.

Marshall County business modifies equipment to produce a critical medical supply to protect first responders

Joining the ranks of Hoosiers helping Hoosiers, Nishikawa Cooper LLC. (NISCO), a full-service supplier of automotive OEM dynamic sealing systems in Marshall County, Indiana, has allocated resources and started producing and distributing a polyethylene isolation gown to help first responders stay safe in COVID-19 situations.

 

At their manufacturing facility in Marshall County, NISCO owns five multi-function laser cutters that are also commonly used in the garment industry. In the company's normal day-to-day operations the cutters are part of the process of producing their vehicle door sound dampening products.

 

Marshall County Economic Development Corporation (MCEDC) reported that it only took NISCO less than a week to design and begin production. Gowns are continuing to be manufactured and distributed to Indiana first responders daily. NISCO has already produced enough new gowns to distribute to every fire department in Marshall County.

 

"This is tremendous," commented Scott Ford, Associate Vice President for Economic Development at the University of Notre Dame. "The example offers a ray of hope in these trying times. NISCO's leadership provides a 'proof-of-concept' that will be so helpful in recruiting additional manufacturers to consider a similar path."

 

"The re-engineering that NISCO's pulled off is more than just genius... it's a terrific example of who we are in Marshall County, Indiana" added Jerry Chavez, President & CEO of the Marshall County Economic Development Corporation.

Click here to see how NISCO modified their manufacturing equipment to quickly produce a protective polyethylene isolation gown.

GM plant in Kokomo to make ventilators

Some much-needed medical equipment will be made right here in Indiana.

 

General Motors will manufacture ventilators at its Kokomo plant for Ventec Life Systems, the automaker announced Friday.

 

Efforts to prepare the factory to make ventilators are underway now, according to GM.

GM said it will be ready to deliver the first ventilators next month and can ramp up production to 10,000 ventilators a month, with the ability to expand production even further.

 

GM will also produce surgical masks at its plant in Warren, Michigan.

 

“We are proud to stand with other American companies and our skilled employees to meet the needs of this global pandemic,” said Mary Barra, GM chairman and CEO. “This partnership has rallied the GM enterprise and our global supply base to support Ventec, and the teams are working together with incredible passion and commitment. I am proud of this partnership as we work together to address urgent and life-saving needs.”

Winamac Coil Spring changes workers schedule

A Winamac company has announced a change to its schedule for workers.

 

VP – Operations Manager Chad Huber told WROI News that starting on Monday, March 30, Winamac Coil Spring will be going to a single shift. This shift will be from 7:30 AM to 4:00 PM. 

 

All day and night shift employees need to report to work at 7:30 AM. 

 

Please contact the factory at 574-653-2186 if you have questions.

Rain, wind, the possibility of severe weather this weekend

You could be seeing multiple weather hazards this weekend, says the National Weather Service in Indianapolis.

 

First, rain will continue off and on Friday.

 

"There will be rain and isolated thunderstorms in the area. We can't rule out a severe thunderstorm, but for the most part, we're looking at a rainy day," says National Weather Service in Indianapolis Meteorologist Jason Puma.

 

Puma says most areas will not see severe weather Friday, but Saturday is likely a different story.

 

"On Saturday, our threats could be large hail, damaging winds, and even an isolated tornado can't be ruled out. It's going to be a progression across the entire state," says Puma.

He says the severe weather has the best chance for starting Saturday afternoon.

 

"Then it will go into the evening on Saturday. That's when we'll have the warmest air in place across the area," says Puma.

 

Warmer temperatures then make the weather conditions more likely to have heavy rain and thunderstorms. Nearly the entire state is under a slight risk for severe weather.

 

"That's except for places in the far northwest like Lafayette. They are in an enhanced risk," says Puma.

 

Enhanced risk is the third highest designation for severe weather. The next highest is moderate followed by high.

 

Sunday's forecast calls for highs in the mid to high 50s with wind gusts as high as 35 miles per hour in much of the state.

NTSB cancels April hearing; to use electronic process in Alyssa Shepherd case

In light of the COVID-19 pandemic and social distancing guidance set by the Office of Management and Budget, the National Transportation Safety Board announced  the cancellation of the April 7 board meeting for the investigation of the fatal Oct. 30, 2018, Rochester, Indiana, crash involving four students who were crossing a high-speed road to board a school bus.

 

In lieu of the previously scheduled meeting, the board members of the NTSB will use an electronic process as detailed in existing agency policy to vote on the staff’s investigative report, which contain the probable cause, findings, and safety recommendations.

 

“NTSB puts safety first, and we believe that, during this stage of the pandemic, this approach to social distancing protects our staff and the public,” said NTSB Managing Director Sharon Bryson.

 

“Handling the investigation through this vote process is one of several ways the NTSB conducts business while maintaining its commitment to transparency in a digital process.”

 

Alyssa Shepherd, 25, was the driver in the crash that killed 6-year-old twin brothers Xzavier and Mason Ingle, and their 9-year-old sister, Alivia Stahl.

 

A jury convicted Shepherd Oct. 18 of three counts of reckless homicide, criminal recklessness and passing a school bus, causing injury. The judge sentenced her to four years in prison, three years of house arrest and three years of probation, and suspended her driver’s license for 10 years.

 

The children were struck while they crossed two-lane State Road 25 in Rochester to board the bus. A fourth child, Maverik Lowe, 11, suffered critical injuries and has had more than 20 surgeries.

 

An abstract of the final report, which will include the report’s probable cause, findings, and safety recommendations, will be available on the NTSB website when the report is approved by the Board.

Woodlawn Hospital for COVID-19 reminders following Fulton Co. confirmed case

 John Alley, Woodlawn Hospital President and CEO had this statement in the wake of Fulton County's first positive case of COVID-19:

 

In light of the first positive case of COVID-19 in Fulton County, Woodlawn Hospital would like to remind the public of the COVID-19 testing process. If you are experiencing symptoms such as fever, cough, shortness of breath please contact your physician. Your physician will evaluate and determine what type of testing you might need, for example, flu, strep, or COVID or if you need to stay at home and quarantine for the 14 days recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

 

If you do not have a physician please call our Emergency Department at 574-224-1131 for instructions on where to enter for evaluation and possible testing.

 

For all other medical conditions that need evaluated please come to the Emergency Department.

 

For all medical emergencies please call 911. 

Fulton Co. Health Dept. encourages quarantine for those returning from vacation

Fulton County Public Health Nurse Rhonda Barnett continues to encourage those coming from a vacation or travel to self-quarantine.

 

 

Fulton County Commissioner’s President Brian Lewis says they are working hard in the city and county to take care of their responsibilities during this time.

 

 

Barnett did note a couple of hours changes for area locations.

 

 

You can see more on the Fulton County Health Dept website.

 

 

Kroger utilizing masks, gloves, plexiglass partitions

Kroger is taking additional steps to protect workers and customers during the coronavirus pandemic.

 

The Ohio-based grocery chain says it is asking the government for help securing protective masks and gloves for its workers.

 

Kroger will soon begin installing plexiglass partitions at many cash registers, to promote social distancing. The partitions will be placed at every checkout lane, pharmacy counter, and Starbucks register in Kroger stores.

 

The grocery chain will also install floor decals to promote physical distancing at checklanes and other counters.

 

“These and other recently announced steps will help Kroger ensure the safety of associates and help our communities flatten the curve while at the same time meeting our obligation to be there for our customers,” the company said in a statement.

Health department announces 115 new COVID-19 cases, updates statewide case count

The Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH) today reported 115 new positive cases of COVID-19 have been diagnosed through ISDH, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and private laboratories. That brings to 477 the total number of Hoosiers diagnosed following corrections to the previous day’s total. Fourteen Hoosiers have died.

                                                 

A total of 3,356 tests have been reported to ISDH to date, up from 2,931 on Monday.

 

Marion County had the most new cases, at 67. The complete list of counties with cases is included in the ISDH COVID-19 dashboard at www.coronavirus.in.gov, which will be updated daily at 10 a.m.

 

Cases are listed by county of residence. Private lab reporting may be delayed and will be reflected in the map and count when results are received at ISDH.

 

The dashboard also has been updated to reflect the following changes based on information provided to ISDH: One Marion County case has been moved to Hamilton County, two duplicate cases have been removed from the Marion County total, a Warrick County case has been reclassified as an out-of-state resident, an Owen County case has been moved to Monroe County and a Ripley County case has been moved to Franklin County.

 

Additional updates on the state’s response to the COVID-19 outbreak may be provided later today.

Updated Fulton County courts, Akron Municipal information

At this time there are no plans to close the Fulton County Courts due to the coronavirus/COVID-19 pandemic. However, effective Wednesday, March 25, the Fulton County Courthouse doors will be locked and only media, litigants and their attorney (s) with scheduled hearings shall be allowed in the courthouse.

 

“Social distancing” will be required inside the courthouse.

 

Please file a motion to continue your case if you are sick. Non-essential hearings as determined by the courts may be continued on the court’s own motion.


Please contact the court that your case is filed if you have any questions:
Circuit Court: (574) 223-4339
Superior Court (574) 223-3506


The Fulton County Clerk’s Office is open by appointment only. Please call (574) 223-2911 for specific needs. These measures are being taken to protect the health of the courthouse employees and shall be in effect until further order.

 

 

The Akron Municipal Utilities Billing / Customer Service Office will be Temporarily Suspending Both IN-PERSON Services and IN-Person Utility Payments until Further Notice.


English Statement from Town of Akron
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Spanish Statement from Town of Akron
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Hotline to help business and industry with Stay-at-Home Order temporarily down; e-mail still available

Indiana’s call center to field industry questions about Governor Eric J. Holcomb’s Executive Order 20-08, which provides for essential and non-essential business operations, infrastructure and government functions while the state observes a stay-at-home order from March 25 - April 7 is temporarily down.

 

The Critical Industries Hotline is still available by emailing covidresponse@iedc.in.gov. The center is for business and industry questions only.

 

Please read Gov. Holcomb’s executive order and this FAQ page to clarify restrictions and acceptable activities and services under Monday’s Executive Order.

 

All of Gov. Holcomb’s Executive Orders can found here.

Health department announces 5 new COVID-19 deaths, updates statewide case count

The Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH) today reported 107 new positive cases of COVID-19, bringing to 365 the number of Hoosiers diagnosed through ISDH, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and private laboratories. Twelve Hoosiers have died.

                                                           

A total of 2,931 tests have been reported to ISDH to date, up from 1,960 on Monday.

 

Marion County had the most new cases, at 51. The complete list of counties with cases is included in the ISDH COVID-19 dashboard at www.coronavirus.in.gov, which will be updated daily at 10 a.m. Cases are listed by county of residence. Private lab reporting may be delayed and will be reflected in the map and count when results are received at ISDH.

 

The dashboard also has been updated to remove a previously counted case in Hancock County that was erroneously reported to ISDH as a positive and to shift the county of residence for three others, giving Brown County its first case, moving one case from Hancock to Hamilton County and moving a Wayne County case to Fayette County.

 

Additional updates on the state’s response to the COVID-19 outbreak may be provided later today. 

Woodlawn President and CEO responds to questions of hospital staffing during COVID-19 situation

Woodlawn Hospital President and CEO John Alley had this response to concerns regarding  staffing at Woodlawn Hospital in Rochester:

 

Our community and hospital are currently in a situation that most of us have never seen before with regards to the COVID-19 outbreak.  Because of this virus, we have seen approximately a 35 -40 % reduction in our patient visits within our hospital outpatient services and physician practices.  Many patients are calling and cancelling their appointments because they do not want to come out of their homes and run the risk of potentially being exposed.

 

Woodlawn Hospital would like to clarify some points regarding our services:

 

  1. The Emergency Department is seeing patients who present with care needs. Testing for the virus is being performed by the Emergency Department staff if the patient meets the criteria for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention testing guidelines. The Emergency Department is always staffed with two nurses and during peak hours there is a third nurse/medic. It has always been our policy to cross-train our critical care nurses to the emergency department to assist us during times of high patient census and we will continue this practice.

 

  1.  We have posted a “No Visitor” policy which is in place at nearly every hospital in the state. Exceptions include: those who need mental or physical assistance, laboring mothers, or children under the age of 18 (parent/guardian to accompany).

 

  1. We have suspended the use of PRN (as needed) staff until further notice.  This decision was made based upon two underlying issues.  First, most PRN staff work at many other hospitals and as such we have a greater risk of them bringing something into our building from these other facilities.  Secondly, with the 35-40% reduction in volumes they do not meet the “as needed“ requirements since we are trying to give as many hours as possible to our full-time and part-time employees.

 

  1. As many other hospitals around the state we have put in a place a reduction in hours’ policy, once again with the 35-40% reduction in volume we do not need to staff for services we are not going to render.

 

  1. The hospital Board of Trustees, Physicians, Administration and Leadership team are extremely proud of all of our staff who are assisting us in providing high-quality, safe patient care during these difficult and unprecedented times.

 

 

 

Fulton County updates: hospital stats, grocery and medication contacts

 

 

 

Hospital:

Positive Test - 0

ER Open for Emergency’s

If you have symptoms call 1-574-224-1131 or your Doctor

Surgeries - Case by Case decided by your Doctor

Visitation - No visitation with limited exceptions

 

Medication: information to follow

 

Kroger – 223-6347

Drive through & Walk up window

9a-9p Monday - Friday

9a-6p Saturday

11a-6p Sunday

 

CVS – 224-4304

Drive Through

9a-8p Monday – Friday

10a-5p Saturday & Sunday

 

Walgreens -223-3249

Drive Through & Some shopping if needed

9a-7p Monday – Friday

9a-6p Saturday

10a-6p Sunday

 

Walmart – 223-9482

Drive through only “side by hotels”

9-8:30 Monday – Friday

9-7:00 Saturday

10-6:00 Sunday

 

Webb’s (Akron) – 574-893-4413

Curbside pick-up only/ Deliveries on extreme cases – close distance

9a-7p Monday – Friday

9a-3p Saturday

Closed Sunday

 

Webb’s (Rochester) – 223-2216

Curbside pick-up & delivery / Drive through / Front Door is locked

9a-7p Monday – Friday

9a-3p Saturday

Closed Sunday

 

Grocery Store Hours: information to follow

Kroger – 223-3881

7a-9p Every Day

 

Save-a-lot – 223-3434

9a-6p

 

Dollar General Akron – 353-0168

8a-9p Every Day

8a-9a Seniors Only

 

Dollar General Rochester – 765-319-8775

8a-9p Every Day

 

Viking Foods – 893-4563

Mon-Sat 7a-7p Sun 11a-7p Limits

 

 

Food

Schools – PDF files of Rochester, Akron & Caston School Lunch

On County and School Websites.

 

Church Groups – Grace United Methodist Church Cancelled Free

meals on Wednesday

 

Food Banks

The Cross “Mathews Market” – 223-3107

Limit people in the building

11:30-1:30 Mon-Fri (Thurs 4-6)

 

Questions? Please Call 1-574-223-2819

 

Precaution Measures:

Informational Websites:

https://www.co.fulton.in.us/department/index.php?structureid=87

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html

https://www.in.gov/coronavirus/

https://www.who.int/health-topics/coronavirus#tab=tab_1

https://www.coronavirus.gov/

 

 

Area Special Announcements:

- All County Buildings are still officially closed to the public except

the Court House

 

- Rochester City building is closed to the public/drive through &

lobby access only

 

- Limited Travel advisory per Governor Holcomb (limitations stated

AT https://www.in.gov/gov/) 

 

- If you are returning from vacation – self isolation is recommended

for 5 days.

 

- Request all patients call before coming into any health facility

 

- 224-1131 Woodlawn Hospital Emergency Dept. – Request you

call this number to make an appointment

 

- Lutheran Health Screening Line 260-435-5050

 

- All non-essential businesses are closed (example: gym, salons,

barbershops, nail, tattoo, country clubs, service clubs, bowling

alley)

 

Closures:

Fulton County Solid Waste/Recycling is closed until further notice

City of Rochester announces plans to coincide with Stay-At-Home directive

  1.   Rochester City Offices will be closed to the public beginning at 12:00pm, March 24, 2020
    1. The drive-up window will remain open and can be used for not only utility payments, but also other document transfers

i.For claims signatures, please come to the drive up window and we will get you the documents to sign.

ii.For payroll (dept heads) we will hold the payroll docket for signature at a later time

  1.  Customers will be able to pay by phone, online, USPS, drop box, or drive up.
  2. Deliveries will still be accepted, but drivers will need to call and we will meet them at the curb unless it’s too large to carry.
  3. Payroll check stubs will be mailed via USPS

 

  1. The city parks will be closed effective 12:00pm March 24, 2020
    1. Includes the golf course
    2. Includes all parks
    3. Pool opening has already been delayed

Indiana Stay-At-Home Order FAQ

Governor Eric J. Holcomb delivered a statewide address Monday to order that Hoosiers remain in their homes except when they are at work or for permitted activities, such as taking care of others, obtaining necessary supplies, and for health and safety. The related press release is attached. Below are frequently asked questions and their answers.

When does the order take effect?

The Stay-At-Home Order takes effect Tuesday, March 24 at 11:59 p.m. ET.

When does the order end?

The order ends on Monday, April 6, at 11:59 p.m. ET, but could be extended if the outbreak warrants it.

Where does the order apply?

The Stay-At-Home Order applies to the entire state of Indiana. Unless you work for an essential business or are doing an essential activity, you must stay home.

Is this mandatory or a recommendation?

This order is mandatory. For the safety of all Hoosiers, people must stay home and prevent the spread of COVID-19.

How will this order be enforced?

Staying home is critical to reducing the spread of COVID-19 in your community. Adhering to the order will save lives, and it is the responsibility of every Hoosier to do their part. However, if the order is not followed, the Indiana State Police will work with local law enforcement to enforce this order. The Indiana State Department of Health and the Alcohol and Tobacco Commission will enforce the restaurant and bar restrictions.

Will the Indiana National Guard enforce this order?

No. The Indiana National Guard is aiding in planning, preparation and logistics with other state agencies. For example, the Indiana National Guard assists in distributing hospital supplies the state receives.

What is an essential business?

Essential businesses and services include but are not limited to grocery stores, pharmacies, gas stations, police stations, fire stations, hospitals, doctor’s offices, health care facilities, garbage pickup, public transit, and public service hotlines such as SNAP and HIP 2.0. 

A list can be found in the Governor’s executive order at in.gov/coronavirus.

What is an essential activity?

Essential activities include but are not limited to activities for health and safety, necessary supplies and services, outdoor activity, certain types of essential work, and to take care of others.

A list can be found in the Governor’s executive order at in.gov/coronavirus.

I work for an essential business. Will I be allowed to travel to and from work?

Law enforcement will not be stopping drivers on their way to and from work, traveling for an essential activity such as going to the grocery store, or just taking a walk.

Will the grocery store/pharmacy be open?

Yes, grocery stores and pharmacies are essential services.

Can I still order take out/delivery from restaurants and bars?

Yes, restaurants and bars can continue to provide takeout and delivery, but should be closed to dine-in patrons.

Can I get my groceries delivered? Can I still get my online orders delivered?

Yes, you can still receive packages, get groceries delivered, and get meals delivered.

How can I get medical care?

If you develop symptoms such as fever, cough and/or difficulty breathing, and have been in close contact with a person known to have COVID-19 or have recently traveled from an area with ongoing spread of COVID-19, stay home and call your healthcare provider.

If you suspected you have COVID-19, please call the healthcare provider in advance so that proper precautions can be taken to limit further transmission. Older patients and individuals who have severe underlying medical conditions or are immunocompromised should contact their healthcare provider early, even if their illness is mild.

If you have severe symptoms, such as persistent pain or pressure in the chest, new confusion or inability to arouse, or bluish lips or face, contact your healthcare provider or emergency room and seek care immediately, but please call in advance if possible. Your doctor will determine if you have signs and symptoms of COVID-19 and whether you should be tested.

Nonessential medical care such as eye exams and teeth-cleaning should be postponed. When possible, health care visits should be done remotely. Contact your health care provider to see what telehealth services they provide.

What is the guidance for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities?

State-operated developmental centers, intermediate care facilities for individuals with developmental disabilities and community integrated living arrangements will continue to provide care. All in-home direct care staff are considered essential staff and should continue to support individuals in the home setting.  

If you have specific questions about your support and services, reach out to your provider or individual service coordination agency.

What if I still have to go to work?

You should stay home unless your work is an essential function such as a health care provider, grocery store clerk or first responder. If you have been designated essential by your employer, you should continue to go to work and practice social distancing.

A list of essential businesses can be found in the Governor’s executive order at in.gov/coronavirus.

What if I think my business should be closed, but they’re still asking me to report to work?

Essential businesses will remain open during the stay-at-home order to provide services that are vital to the lives of Hoosiers. If you believe your business is nonessential but still are being asked to show up to work, you may discuss it with your employer.

A certain service is essential for me, but the governor didn’t include it. What do I do?

The stay-at-home order was issued to protect the health, safety and well-being of Hoosiers. Although some businesses such as fitness centers and salons will be closed, essential services will always be available. For a list of essential businesses that will continue to operate during the order, visit in.gov/coronavirus.

Will public transportation, ride-sharing and taxis continue?

Public transportation, ride-sharing and taxis should only be used for essential travel.

Will roads in Indiana be closed?

No, the roads will remain open. You should only travel if it is for your health or essential work.

Can I still take a plane out of Indiana?

Planes and other types of transportation should be used for essential travel.

What if my home is not a safe environment?

If it is not safe for you to remain home, you are able and encouraged to find another safe place to stay during this order. Please reach out so someone can help. You can call the domestic violence hotline at 1-800-799-SAFE or your local law enforcement.

What about homeless people who cannot stay at home?

The administration wants to protect the health and safety of all Hoosiers, regardless of where they live. State agencies are partnering with community organizations to ensure the homeless population has safe shelter.

Can I visit friends and family?

For your safety, as well as the safety of all Hoosiers, you should remain at home to help fight the spread of COVID-19. You may visit family members who need medical or other essential assistance, such as ensuring an adequate food supply.

Can I walk my dog or go to the veterinarian?

You are allowed to walk your dog and seek medical care for your pet should they require it. Practice social distancing while out on walks, maintaining at least 6 feet from other neighbors and their pets.

Can I take my kids to the park?

State parks remain open, but welcome centers, inns, and other buildings are closed. Families will be able to go outside and take a walk, run or bike ride, but they should continue to practice social distancing by remaining 6 feet away from other people. Playgrounds are closed because they pose a high risk of increasing spreading the virus.

Can I attend a religious service?

Large gatherings, including church services, will be canceled to slow the spread of COVID-19. Religious leaders are encouraged to continue livestreaming services while practicing social distancing with one another.

Can I leave my home to exercise?

Outdoor exercise such as running or taking a walk is acceptable. However, gyms, fitness centers and associated facilities will be closed to reduce the spread of the coronavirus. While exercising outside, you still should practice social distancing by running or walking at least 6 feet away from other people.

Can I go to the hair salon, spa, nail salon, tattoo parlor or barber shop?

No, these businesses are ordered closed.

Can I leave my home to do laundry?

Yes, Laundromats, dry cleaners and laundry service providers are considered essential businesses.

Can I take my child to daycare?

Yes, daycares are considered an essential business.

Can I pick up meals at my child’s school?

Yes, Schools that provide free food services to students will continue on a pickup and take-home basis.

Governor orders Hoosiers to stay home in fight against COVID-19

Governor Eric J. Holcomb delivered a statewide address today to order that Hoosiers remain in their homes except when they are at work or for permitted activities, such as taking care of others, obtaining necessary supplies, and for health and safety. The order is in effect from March 25 to April 7.

 

“The next two weeks are critical if we are to slow the spread of COVID-19, and we must slow the spread. You must be part of the solution, not the problem,” said Gov. Holcomb.

 

The first positive case of COVID-19 in Indiana was reported on March 6. Since then the number of positive cases has increased on a near daily basis, escalating as the capacity to test has grown. As of this morning, the number of tests completed in Indiana is 1,960, the number of positive cases is 259 and 7 deaths have been reported.

 

“I’m setting the example by sending state government personnel home to work to the maximum extent possible and closing our facilities to public interaction beginning Tuesday, for at least the next two weeks,” said Gov. Holcomb.

 

Beginning Tuesday, all state government offices will be closed to in-person public activity until at least April 7. This includes the Government Center complex in Indianapolis and other offices throughout the state, including Bureau of Motor Vehicle branches. State employees will work remotely whenever possible and continue to provide core functions online and by phone. All public safety functions will continue.

 

In conjunction with the closures, Gov. Holcomb ordered an automatic extension of all state-issued licenses and will advise law enforcement to refrain from issuing citations for a driver’s license or registration that expires during this emergency.

 

The state, in conjunction with the city and all hospital systems in Marion County, has activated a comprehensive emergency operations center to maximize hospital capacity and provide joint coordination. The center is charged with tracking the inventory of all hospital beds, supplies and personnel as the number of COVID-19 patients grows.

 

“I am proud of our hospital systems that are participating in the initial phase of this process, Eskenazi Health, IU Health, Franciscan Health, Community Health Network, and Ascension,” said Gov. Holcomb. “Marion County is where we’ve seen the most community spread to date, but we will expand this model to other parts of the state.”

 

In all, Governor Holcomb issued four executive orders:

  • EO 20-08. Stay at Home. Provides for essential and non-essential business and operations, infrastructure, government services, travel, and activities outside of one’s home. Click here for answers to frequently asked questions regarding the stay-at-home order.   
  • EO 20-09. Continuity of State Operations. Provides for the continuing operation of state government from 5 p.m. today through 8 a.m. April 7 with restricted access to government buildings and services.
  • EO 20-10. Enforcement Directive Regarding Prohibition of In-Person Dining.
    • Directs that state and local boards of health and the Indiana Alcohol and Tobacco Commission (ATC) take all available administrative and enforcement actions against establishments that continue to offer in-house dining services, in violation of the governor’s executive order of March 16.
      • Health departments will deliver letters ordering restaurants that continue to provide in-person dining to cease such operations. If they do not comply, fines will be levied.
      • For restaurants with alcohol permits that continue to offer in-person dining, the ATC will issue an order in writing for the establishment to cease such operations. If the activity continues, the ATC will suspend the entity’s liquor license and will consider the non-compliance at the time of permit renewal.
  • EO 20-11. Provisions for carryout consumption of alcohol.
    • Relaxes the sale of carryout alcoholic beverages for dining establishments. This includes establishments that allow for on-premises consumption only and those that are permitted carryout permits dependent on a percentage of on-premises sales.

 

Links to all executive orders may be found here: https://www.in.gov/gov/2384.htm

 

The complete text of Gov. Holcomb’s address may be found here: https://www.in.gov/gov/3233.htm

 

Link to the Stay-At-Home Order FAQ may be found here: https://www.in.gov/gov/3232.htm

 

More information may be found at the ISDH website at in.gov/coronavirus/ and the CDC website at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html.

Mayor Denton with info, announcements, impacts of COVID-19

Rochester Mayor Ted Denton with some of the meetings, programs, offices, payments impacted by COVID-19.

 

 

The mayor also noted the efforts of groups and individuals who are trying to make a difference during a tryiing time.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

March 23 (10am): COVID-19 update from ISDH

The Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH) today reported 58 new positive cases of COVID-19, bringing to 259 the number of Hoosiers diagnosed through ISDH, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and private laboratories. Seven Hoosiers have died, including an Allen County adult over age 60 whose death was announced Sunday by the Allen County Health Department.

                                                 

A total of 1,960 tests have been reported to ISDH to date, including 466 in the last 24 hours.

 

Marion County had the most new cases, at 28. The complete list of counties with cases is included in the ISDH COVID-19 dashboard at https://www.in.gov/coronavirus/, which will be updated daily at 10 a.m. Cases are listed by county of residence. Private lab reporting may be delayed and will be reflected in the map and count when results are received at ISDH.

 

Additional updates on the state’s response to the COVID-19 outbreak may be provided later today.

Knox church holds services at drive-in

A church pastor in Knox got creative so members of his church could still attended Sunday services.

 

Because of social distancing thanks to the coronavirus, many churches cannot offer normal services. Our Redeemer Lutheran pastor Eric Gawura says they normally use a drive-in movie theater in Knox to do summer church services outside. Gawura says the drive-in theater has open earlier than normal for them so they can do drive-in church services.

 

He tells WSBT, the rules are you have to stay in your car during the service. He says it's a great way for people to still attend church without risking being exposed to the virus.

Health department announces 4th COVID-19 death in Indiana

The Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH) today confirmed the fourth Indiana death from COVID-19. The patient is a Delaware County adult over age 60 who had been hospitalized. No additional information about the patient will be released due to privacy laws.

 

The death was first announced by the Delaware County Health Department.

 

As of today, 126 Hoosiers have contracted COVID-19. All but one are adults.

 

COVID-19 is a respiratory illness caused by a novel, or new, coronavirus that has not been previously identified. The virus causing COVID-19 is not the same as the coronaviruses that commonly circulate among humans and cause mild illness, like the common cold.

 

For more information, including a list of frequently asked questions, visit www.in.gov/coronavirus and subscribe to receive updates.

 

Visit the Indiana State Department of Health at http://www.in.gov/isdh/ or follow us on Twitter at @StateHealthIN and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/StateHealthIN.

Indiana primary moved to June

Indiana is postponing its primary.

 

Indiana will vote on June 2, four weeks later than normal. That'll give county clerks more time to get ready, and buy time in hopes the coronavirus pandemic will slacken off by then.

 

The state will also let you vote by mail if you want, so fewer people are in the polling places, allowing Hoosiers to continue the "social distancing" health officials warn is critical to slowing the spread of the virus.

 

The state Republican and Democratic Party chairs endorsed the move, which still requires approval next week from the Indiana Election Commission. Indiana will be the seventh state, along with Puerto Rico, to move its primary because of the outbreak.

 

Secretary of State Connie Lawson says to be prepared for the vote count to take longer than usual, with the larger volume of absentee ballots.

 

Indiana is picking nominees for nine state Senate seats, 35 Indiana House seats, and all nine congressional districts. If the Democratic presidential contest is still in progress, Indiana will be the third-largest delegate prize available. With Ohio and Maryland also moving their primaries, June 2 is now the second-biggest date on the nominating calendar, trailing only Super Tuesday.

Health Department updates COVID-19 case count; case moved from Howard to Miami

The Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH) today reported 47 new positive cases of COVID-19, bringing to 126 the number of Hoosiers diagnosed through ISDH, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and private laboratories. Three Hoosiers have died.

In total, 833 Hoosiers have been tested, including 279 who were tested in the last 24 hours.

The new cases involve residents of Allen (3), Clark (3), Delaware (1), Elkhart (1), Greene (1), Hamilton (5), Hancock (1), Harrison (1), Hendricks (2), Howard (1), Johnson (2), Lake (1), LaPorte (1), Marion (22), Scott (1) and Vigo (1) counties. The list of counties with cases is included in the ISDH COVID-19 dashboard at https://www.in.gov/coronavirus/, which will be updated daily at 10 a.m. Cases are listed by county of residence. Private lab reporting may be delayed and will be reflected in the map and count when results are received at ISDH.

The dashboard also has been updated to reflect changes in residence for two Hoosiers who were confirmed positive earlier this week. One is a resident of Miami County, not Howard County, and the second is a resident of Johnson County, not Marion County.

Additional updates on the state’s response to the COVID-19 outbreak may be provided later today.

President orders expansion of Telehealth services

Telehealth services are now being expanded for people on Medicare, by order of the president. Seema Verma, who authored Indiana's HIP 2.0 plan, and who is now in charge of Medicare and Medicaid for the federal government, made the announcement Friday afternoon.

 

"Medicare beneficiaries across the nation, no matter where they live, should be able to receive a wide range of health services via telehealth without ever having to leave their home," said Verma, noting that before the emergency declaration by the president, telehealth visits were limited and were available to Medicare patients who live in rural areas.

 

"These telehealth services can be provided in a variety of settings including nursing homes, hospital outpatient settings and more," she said.

 

Verma said that protects the people in nursing homes by limiting their exposure to people who might have the virus.

 

"We will use enforcement discretion when it comes to collecting copays, so cost won't be a barrier for telehealth services."

 

Essentially that means people won't be forced to pay to get the service.

 

Verma said that if you know someone who needs help with the tech to get their telehealth visit up and running, and you know how, please make yourself available.

 

"We want to make sure that people are using common sense and not entering a senior's home if they are exhibiting signs of a respiratory illness," she said.

 

Gov. Holcomb and State Health Commissioner Dr. Kris Box have been asking people who can do telehealth visits rather than go to their doctor's offices do so.

Governor Holcomb and Secretary of State Lawson announce primary election to move to June 2

Governor Eric Holcomb joined Secretary of State Connie Lawson, Republican Party Chair Kyle Hupfer and Democratic Party Chair John Zody today to announce an agreement to move the date of this year’s Indiana primary election from May 5 to June 2.

All dates corresponding with the primary election will be moved by 28 days to reflect the new date of the primary. For example, military and overseas ballots are required to mailed 45 days prior to the primary election, so they’ll move 45 days prior to June 2.

“The right of citizens to elect their leaders in a free and open election is one of the cornerstones of America. In order to balance that right with the safety of county employees, poll workers and voters, delaying Indiana’s primary election is the right move as we continue to do all we can to protect Hoosiers’ health,” said Gov. Holcomb.

Gov. Holcomb signed an executive order to suspend Indiana’s election statute and move the dates. The executive order is posted here: https://www.in.gov/gov/2384.htm

In addition, Governor Holcomb, Secretary Lawson, Chairman Hupfer and Chairman Zody made the following recommendations to the Indiana Election Commission.

  • Suspend absentee by-mail rules to allow all Hoosiers the option to vote by mail in the upcoming primary election.
  • Allow county clerks to continually mail ballots from now through 12 days out from the new primary election date.
  • Confirm ballots with a May 5, 2020 date will be valid.
  • Enable medical professionals to be eligible members of traveling boards to vote nursing home and hospital patients.
  • Give family members the ability to deliver absentee ballots. Currently only a member of a voter’s household may take possession of their ballot.

“As Indiana’s Chief Election Officer, it is my top priority to protect our elections, but, above all else, it is my duty to protect the health and safety of Hoosiers,” said Secretary Lawson. “I believe the bi-partisan recommendations we have asked the Indiana Election Commission to take will allow us to provide all Hoosiers the opportunity to vote.

Indiana Election Commission Chairman Paul Okeson has called a meeting of the Indiana Election Commission on Wednesday, March 25 at 10 a.m. to discuss the recommendations. The meeting will be held in the south atrium of the Indiana Statehouse.

City of Rochester Wastewater Department press release

DO NOT Flush Disinfecting Wipes, “Flushable” Wipes, Napkins or Paper Towels down

Toilets – Throw Them Away instead

 

Wastewater Treatment Plant Will be Overwhelmed, Consumers Will Face In-home

Plumbing Backups and Blockages

 

Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, we are aware of the increased use of “flushable” wipes and flushing of non-flushable materials such as baby wipes, disinfecting wipes, napkins and paper towels. While the “flushable” wipes concern is not new to wastewater facilities, we are instructing our community members to pay extra attention to what they are using and flushing and remind you NOT to flush anything other than toilet paper. The wipes and paper towels do not break down like toilet paper, and therefore clog systems very quickly.

 

The COVID-19 outbreak concern has created additional stress and uncertainty for everyone, and while we understand that supply shortages exacerbate these stresses and challenges, it is important to keep in mind that flushing anything other than toilet paper can create expensive and unsanitary problems for homeowners and businesses. Flushing wipes (even those labeled “flushable”) and other non-toilet paper materials causes clogs, backups, equipment and pipe breakages, and in bad cases, can even force raw sewage back into peoples’ homes. The cost to repair these damages is unfortunately borne by individual homeowners or the public.

 

As a reminder, the following products are NOT flushable, dispose in a waste basket:

 

  • Paper towels o Napkins

 

o  Kleenex and other tissues

 

o Wet wipes/baby wipes (even those labeled as “flushable” wipes) o Diapers

 

o Feminine hygiene products o Gauze/Band-Aids

 

Thank you for helping keep our community and facilities clean and functioning! If you have any questions or concerns, please reach out to us at the Wastewater Treatment Plant @ 574-835-3485 or 24/7 On Call 574-835-6007.

 

THANK YOU,

 

MARCUS HALTERMAN

 

WWTP Superintendent

Food Finders Mobile Pantry to distribute food in Rochester

WHAT : Food Finders Food Bank Mobile Pantry will be distributing food, including fresh produce, an assortment of frozen items, essential non-perishable items, and breads to people in need in the Rochester area.

WHO: Anyone in need of emergency food assistance in Rochester and the surrounding area is welcome to attend. Call Food Finders at 765.471.0062 for income guidelines.

WHEN: March 30, 2020. Food distribution starts at 1 PM. This will be a drive-thru pantry.

WHERE: Mill Creek Church, 1336 N SR 25, Rochester IN

WHY: Food Finders Mobile Pantry Program allows us to expand our outreach to Mid-North Indiana’s neediest and most underserved families. Designed to be a barrier-free distribution, our Mobile Pantries visit communities whose demand for emergency and supplemental food has outgrown the capacity of local food pantries.

This distribution has been made possible through the generosity of Archer Daniels Midland Company.

For more information about this Mobile Pantry distribution, please contact Alex Buckles at 765.471.0062 ext. 208 or abuckles@food-finders.org

About Food Finders:

 

Since 1981, Food Finders Food Bank, a member of Feeding America, has worked to provide full service programs that meet the nutritional needs of more than 160 nonprofit agencies in 16 counties across Mid-North Indiana. The food bank manages programs to secure additional food and nonfood products, provide food safety training, rescue food items otherwise wasted, and fund essential purchase product items. With the help of many, Food Finders continues each day to provide a hand up to those in need. In 2012, Food Finders distributed over 6 million pounds of food throughout Mid-North Indiana; a 116% increase since 2008. For more information contact Food Finders Food Bank, Inc. at (765) 471-0062 or visit www.food-finders.org.

Midwest Eye Consultants makes changes due to COVID-19

At Midwest Eye Consultants, our top priority is the health and wellbeing of our patients, families, staff and community. In light of the recent pandemic and out of an abundance of caution, we have decided to close our practices until April 6th. Our doctors will be on call in the event of an eye health emergency. Should you require emergency care, please call our office and one of our doctors will contact you. You can find our number at MidwestEyeConsultants.com  

In this unprecedented time, Midwest Eye Consultants is deeply committed to keeping everyone safe and look forward to caring for you soon. 

Fulton Co. Health Dept offers clarification on COVID-19 guidelines for food service establishments

The Fulton County Health Department understands this is a trying time for all within the community. COVID-19 has not only disrupted our daily lives, but also financially for individuals and businesses, our hearts go out to all involved.

 

Unfortunately, there has been a lot of confusion regarding Indiana Law and Governor Holcomb’s Executive Orders as they pertain to Food Service Establishments. Below is clarification from the Fulton County Health Department Attorney:

 

Paragraph 6 of Governor Holcomb’s Executive Order 20-04, labeled Food Service Establishments notes that any establishment with in-dining services is required to close to “in-person patrons” but may still provide drive-thru, take-out and delivery services.

The phrase “in-person patrons” encompasses more than merely those who would dine inside the establishment, but includes those congregating inside a building or structure awaiting a take-out order. As the Attorney for the Fulton County Health Department it is my opinion that the Fulton County Health Department is JUSTIFIED in taking any enforcement action authorized by statute to enforce the Governor’s Executive Order.

 

Additional Clarifications about how Restaurant Establishments should be doing business:

 

Restaurants, Bars, Taverns, Clubs / Organizations, Lodges, Wine Tastings, Coffee Shops, Ice Cream Parlors, etc. are REQUIRED TO CLOSE to IN-PERSON PATRONS. They MAY provide TAKE-OUT AND DELIVERY.

 

Only Employees allowed in the restaurant establishment. Non-employees are not allowed inside the establishment, period.

 

Orders are to be placed by phone, text, or online methods prior to arriving.

 

Pick-up / Delivery Only OUTSIDE of the establishment. NO PUBLIC ENTRY.

 

Additional Clarifications for Nonessential Gatherings:

 

No groups or gatherings of more than 10 people. Again, Nonessential Gatherings (Organizations, Auctions, meetings: public / non-public, etc.)

 

Social Distancing should be at least 6+ feet apart while out in public or in gatherings of 10 people or less.

Most Fulton Co. offices closed, call-ahead encouraged; Immunization Clinic info

Effective Thursday, March 19 and until further notice, all Fulton County Offices and facilities excluding the Courthouse will be closed to the public. People who need to conduct business with the county will be allowed to do so on a case by case basis by making an appointment with the respective office / department.

 

Fulton County Immunization Clinic will continue vaccinations on Wednesdays by appointment only. You will need to arrive at your appointment time, no earlier, and contact 574-223-4218 from within your vehicle to check in. Staff will then accommodate entrance for your confirmed appointment. Please note that if any of your party should show signs or symptoms of a cold you will be asked to reschedule, period.

 

Below is a listing of phone numbers for each department that require an appointment:

 

Area Plan Commission: 574-223-7667

Assessor: 574-223-2801

Auditor: 574-223-2912

E-911 Office Only: 574-223-2910

Emergency Management (EMA): 574-223-6611

Health Department: 574-223-2881

Highway Department: 574-223-2385

Maintenance Department: 574-223-2548

Recorder: 574-223-7710

Security: 574-224-5619

Sheriff’s Office: 574-223-2819

Surveyor: 574-223-3317

Treasurer: 574-223-2913

Veterans Services: 574-223-2217

 

Information regarding the Coronavirus / COVID-19 is widely available on various websites and on social media, but unfortunately much of this is misinformation. Please visit Centers for Disease Control and Preventions website for the latest up-to-date information @: www.cdc.gov/covid19 or Indiana State Department of Health @: www.in.gov/coronavirus

 

 

 

Frain Mortuary makes changes due to COVID-19

As an unwavering steward of our community, Frain Mortuary, Inc. is humbled to have the opportunity to care for those who have died while also caring for those who mourn.  Our responsibility in providing care at times demands that we make decisions and implement practices, while confusing and potentially difficult, which are made for the greater good of public health and welfare.

In practice as licensed Indiana funeral directors and funeral homes, the protection of public welfare and health, along with prevention in spread of infectious disease is part of our fundamental duty of care and legal responsibility.  [Indiana Code 25-15-2-17(7)]

With this is mind, and the public welfare and reverent care at the heart of our mission, Frain Mortuary, Inc. is committed to strictly following all prevailing federal, state, and local mandates in suppressing the spread of COVID-19, also known as the Coronavirus.  While restrictive to public gatherings and events, these mandates are for the greater good of our community and nation.

We are living in unprecedented and extraordinary times, filled with anxiety and uncertainty; we are sensitive that experiencing death is never easy, but most especially during times of national emergency when such restrictions may be in place.  Amid these uncontrollable circumstances, Frain Mortuary, Inc. remains committed to you and your family while caring for your loved one. 

Although service options in the immediate future may be severely limited due to these public health-related mandates, we will diligently work with you to find appropriate options and alternatives for your immediate needs within the current restrictions and assist in planning for future public memorial events when circumstances have improved.

We hold sacred the trust you have placed in us and are truly humbled that you find our family worthy of caring for your family at such an important time.

We will continue to provide Visitations and Funerals at the request of a grieving family.  We will adapt to the current environment and employ the creative use of technology.  A funeral is one the most important events in our society.  We don’t feel that it is prudent to halt or postpone the grieving process.  Likewise, we do not want to compromise your health and well-being.  Therefore, we have devised this plan to make things work under the current restrictions:

 

We will limit crowd sizes by utilizing an online platform to schedule times for small groups of friends to come in for visitation. 

Sign up can be done online or by calling the funeral home.  We will offer extended visitation hours to accommodate these smaller groups.  Whatever it takes - we will do it.

We will offer private gatherings for family only. 

If the family wishes to gather privately in the presence of the deceased, this will be accommodated.  We will then recommend a public memorial service at a later date when restrictions have been lifted. 

We will utilize technology to broadcast, stream, or record funeral services.

If the family and the clergy are in agreement, we will encourage the use of technology to provide online access to any one not in attendance.  We will allow families to utilize technology in whatever means possible to create a meaningful ceremony for their loved one.

These were difficult decisions to make.  They were not made without careful consideration.  We have spoken with local health officials and members of the local clergy who are in complete support of these adaptations.  We wish you all the very best.  And as always, we remain here to serve you.

 

Sincerely,


Dan and Jon Frain

With school closed until May 1 e-learning will continue

Rochester Middle School Principal Oscar Haughs details the plan moving forward with school being closed until May 1.

 

 

Haughs also reminds us of the when you can pick up food for your student and where.

 

 

 

DOR announces filing and payment extensions

Today, Governor Eric Holcomb announced the Indiana Department of Revenue (DOR) is extending certain filing and payment deadlines to align with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and support Hoosiers during the COVID-19 health crisis.

 

“Last night, the IRS announced tax payment extensions for individual and corporate returns. We understand that Hoosiers need that same relief and our teams are swiftly taking steps to make that happen,” commented DOR Commissioner Bob Grennes.

 

“Since COVID-19 is impacting so many, in addition to the payment extensions announcement by the IRS, we are also extending the associated Indiana tax return filing deadlines.”

 

Individual tax returns and payments, along with estimated payments originally due by April 15, 2020, are now due on or before July 15, 2020. Returns included are the IT-40, IT-40PNR, IT-40RNR, IT-40ES, ES-40 and SC-40.

 

Corporate tax returns and payments, along with estimated payments originally due by April 15 or April 20 are now due on or before July 15, 2020. Those originally due on May 15, 2020, are now due on August 17, 2020. Returns included are the IT-20, IT-41, IT-65, IT-20S, FIT-20, URT-1, IT-6, FT-QP and URT-Q.

 

All other tax return filings and payment due dates remain unchanged.

 

If Hoosiers need additional time to file, they can request an extension. Instructions for those extensions can be found on DOR’s website. If an individual requests a federal extension, Indiana automatically extends the state deadline and there is no need to file anything additional.

“DOR is working hard to ensure that customers are getting the assistance they need. Our team can still be contacted through phone and email, and we encourage customers to take advantage of those options.”

 

DOR team members are continuing to provide customer service by phone and email, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., local time. Customers have the following service options:

 

  • Call DOR’s individual customer service line at 317-232-2240.
  • Call a specific District Office—contact information can be found on DOR’s website at dor.in.gov/3390.htm.
  • Call DOR’s Motor Carrier Services at 317-615-7200.
  • Contact a specific DOR business unit using a list of phone numbers and email addresses available at dor.in.gov/3325.htm.
  • Email DOR using the online form at dor.in.gov/3392.htm.

Additionally, customers can visit DOR's website at dor.in.gov/4331.htm to take advantage of online services available.

 

Any changes to this guidance, additional modifications to normal operations or changes to tax filing and payment deadlines will be posted on DOR’s website, as well as DOR’s social media accounts.

Governor signs executive orders; schools closed thru May 1

Governor Eric J. Holcomb took additional unprecedented actions today to protect and support Hoosiers during the COVID-19 outbreak by signing executive orders that extend the closure of schools, provide economic relief and protections for individuals and businesses, and expand unemployment insurance benefits for those impacted by job loss.

 

“Every day we learn more about how to tackle this monster. We are being thoughtful about how to approach every action we are taking in this national public health emergency and putting Hoosiers’ health and safety first,” said Gov. Holcomb.

 

Daily COVID-19 testing capacity in Indiana has expanded with the addition of a new partnership between the Indiana State Department of Health and Eli Lilly and Company, and at least one other entity has initiated testing this week. In the past 24 hours, about 200 tests have been completed.

 

“As we increase the number of tests analyzed each day, no one should be caught off guard that the number of positive cases will increase,” said Dr. Kris Box, state health commissioner. “This will help us know where community spread is occurring in Indiana and help us mobilize resources in affected areas.”

 

Here is a summary of covered actions. The Executive Orders, which contain additional actions, will be found at this link: https://www.in.gov/gov/2384.htm

 

State of Emergency Extension

  • The Governor will extend the current state of emergency an additional 30 days when it expires on April 5.

 

K-12 schools

  • All K-12 public schools will remain closed until May 1. Non-public schools are also ordered closed. This date may be revised to extend through the end of the 2019-2020 school year if circumstances warrant.
  • All-state mandated assessments will be canceled for the current academic year. The governor has contacted U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos to share the state’s plan and also has asked the Superintendent of Public Instruction Dr. Jennifer McCormick to pursue any federal waivers needed to cancel the requirements for accountability, chronic absenteeism and state-mandated assessments.

 

Economy

  • The state of Indiana will align with the federal government to delay state income tax payments from April 15 to July 15. The U.S. Treasury extended the deadline to pay federal income tax by 90 days.
  • Penalties will be waived for 60 days for property tax paid after May 11. The state will work with counties that may experience cash flow stress because of the delay.
  • The state will not immediately move forward with using $300 million in reserves to pay for several capital projects approved in the just-concluded legislative session and instead maintain flexibility to utilize the funds as needed for relief efforts and to maintain current services. The state will consider using bonding authority to move forward with the just-approved capital projects.
  • Providers of essential utility services such as gas and electric, broadband, telecom, water and wastewater services are prohibited from discontinuing service to any customer during the public health emergency.
  • The state’s application to the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) was approved on Wednesday. This program provides targeted, low-interest loans of up to $2 million to help small businesses and nonprofits overcome the temporary loss of revenue as a result of coronavirus. See more at SBA.gov/Disaster.

 

Unemployment Insurance Benefits

  • The state will interpret Indiana’s unemployment laws to the broadest extent possible to cover Hoosiers who are out of work because of COVID-19.
  • Benefits will be paid to individuals who file their initial unemployment claims late.
  • The Department of Workforce Development will allow individuals to continue to accrue unemployment eligibility if they take work leave because of COVID-19.
  • DWD will seek federal authorization to provide unemployment benefits for those who are not otherwise eligible for unemployment, such individuals who have recently started a job.
  • For employers, DWD will not assess certain experience rate penalties because of employees who receive unemployment benefits because of COVID-19.

 

Housing

  • No residential eviction proceedings or foreclosure actions may be initiated during the public health emergency. This does not relieve the individual of obligations to pay rent or mortgage payments.
  • All public housing authorities are requested to extend deadlines for housing assistance recipients and required documentation to show eligibility for housing programs.
  • The Indiana Department of Financial Institutions and Indiana Community Housing Development Authority are required to work with financial institutions to identify tools to help promote housing stability.

 

Social Services

  • Participants in the Healthy Indiana Plan (HIP) and the Children’s Health Insurance Program are not required to make premium payments.
  • Job search requirements are waived for those applying for Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF) benefits.
  • The Family and Social Services Administration will seek a federal waiver to extend renewals for existing Medicaid and HIP recipients.
  • Telehealth services for mental health, substance use disorder and prescribing for Medicaid covered services will be expanded.

 

Insurance

  • The commissioner of the state Department of Insurance will request that insurers institute a 60-day moratorium on policy cancellations for non-payment of premiums. This does not suspend a policyholder’s obligation to make payments.
  • The commissioner will ask health insurers to cover COVID-19 testing without requiring prior authorization.
  • The commissioner will request that health insurers not increase prices or coverage costs that involve medical care for COVID-19.

 

Bureau of Motor Vehicles

  • To limit the number of in-branch transactions, late fees will be waived for several driver’s licenses and identification card renewals, vehicle registrations, titles, and certain other transactions.
  • Other operational changes in branches are being instituted to provide for the safety of employees and customers in branches, such as spacing between terminals and limiting the number of customers in the lobby.

 

Veterans

  • Requirements have been relaxed for veterans to qualify for awards from the Military Family Relief Fund.
  • Awards in excess of $2,500 may be approved by the IDVA director during the public health emergency.

 

Health and Professional Licensing

  • Mental health professionals are permitted to practice via telemedicine.
  • Advance Practice Registered Nurses are allowed to provide services in multiple locations.
  • The state health commissioner may waive requirements of the nursing home certificate of need statute to respond to COVID-19 issues for long-term care facilities.

Location added for TVSC lunch pickup

Tippecanoe Valley School Corporation will be offering grab and go lunches (with breakfast for the following day included) starting on Wednesday, March 18, 2020 at the following locations and times for students age 18 and under:

 

Monday – Friday (starting Wednesday, March 18)

Akron Elementary (Door R) 11:00 am – 12:30 pm

Mentone Elementary (Main Entrance) 11:00 am – 12:30 pm

Tippecanoe Valley High School (Main Entrance) 11:00 am – 12:30 pm

 

New Location Added – Starting March 20, 2020

Palestine Lake Boat Ramp Parking Lot – 11:00 am – 12:30 pm

 

 

If parents or students do not have transportation available to pick up lunches, please call and leave a message for the following food service personnel.  Please leave information of student name, telephone number, address and the number of students needing meals.

 

Akron Elementary – Julie Kruger    574-598-2321

Mentone Elementary – Nikki Rutherford   574-598-2537

Tippecanoe Valley Middle School – Trisha Wilson   574-598-2230

Tippecanoe Valley High School – Shelly Holloway   574-598-2131

 

 

 

 

 

TVSC will continue to monitor and update with any urgent updates or concerns.  Thank you always, and especially in this season for your continued support of Tippecanoe Valley School Corporation.

 

Gov. Holcomb announces small business assistance in response to COVID-19

Governor Eric J. Holcomb today announced that Indiana small businesses are eligible for financial assistance under a disaster designation by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA).

 

This declaration is in response to a formal request Gov. Holcomb submitted with the SBA on Tuesday, seeking assistance through the organization’s Economic Injury Disaster Loan program for small businesses impacted by the COVID-19 outbreak in Indiana.

 

“Small businesses play a critical role in driving Indiana’s economy forward, with more than 512,000 employing 1.2 million Hoosiers across the state,” Gov. Holcomb said. “These disaster loans will provide much needed financial support to small business owners who are weathering the impact of the coronavirus outbreak.”

 

Under the program, small businesses, small agricultural cooperatives and nonprofits across the state are eligible to apply for low-interest loans up to $2 million to help overcome the temporary loss of revenue due to the COVID-19 outbreak. These loans may be used to pay fixed debts, payroll, accounts payable and other bills incurred during this public health emergency. The loan interest rates for small businesses and nonprofits are 3.75% and 2.75%, respectively, with terms up to 30 years.

 

To qualify for disaster loans, applicants must demonstrate credit history, the ability to repay the loan, and proof of physical presence in Indiana and working capital losses. Additionally, the Indiana Small Business Development Center, which has 10 regional offices throughout the state, will provide free business advising and application assistance for small businesses impacted by the COVID-19 outbreak.

 

To apply for loans or receive more information about the Economic Injury Disaster Loan program, visit SBA.gov/Disaster. Contact 1-800-659-2955 or disastercustomerservice@sba.gov with additional questions. The deadline to apply for the disaster loans is Dec. 18, 2020.

Gov. Holcomb supports ISDH, Eli Lilly COVID-19 testing partnership

Governor Eric J. Holcomb offered the following statement after the announcement of the new partnership between the Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH) and Eli Lilly and Company, with support from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), to accelerate testing in Indiana for COVID-19.

 

“This partnership between the Indiana State Department of Health and Eli Lilly and Company will be transformational in our efforts to accelerate testing for COVID-19,” Gov. Holcomb said. “We are grateful for Lilly’s dedication to the health and safety of Hoosiers as we continue to put all of our focus into slowing the spread.”

 

Lilly will use its research laboratories to analyze samples taken in Indiana healthcare facilities, including nursing homes and emergency rooms, in an effort to increase the state’s ability to conduct testing for COVID-19. As Lilly’s testing capacity expands, Lilly and ISDH will work together to increase testing. Here is the link to Lilly’s full press release: https://investor.lilly.com/news-releases/news-release-details/lilly-indiana-state-department-health-partner-accelerate-covid

 

In a continuing effort to slow the spread of coronavirus, Gov. Holcomb also announced these additional efforts:

  • The Indiana Department of Education reported that all Indiana public schools are currently closed, using either e-Learning, spring break or waiver days granted by Gov. Holcomb.
  • With more than 512,000 small businesses throughout the state, Gov. Holcomb requested the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) to issue an Economic Injury Disaster Loan declaration supporting small businesses impacted by the coronavirus outbreak in Indiana.
    • The program would provide targeted, low-interest loans up to $2 million in order to help small businesses overcome the temporary loss of revenue as a result of coronavirus. Nonprofits would also be eligible for loan assistance through the program. More information is available at SBA.gov/Disaster.
  • The Indiana Department of Workforce Development (DWD) will host two live webinars for Hoosiers impacted by the COVID-19 crisis.
    • The program will cover unemployment eligibility requirements, frequently asked questions, and how to apply for benefits.
    • The 30-minute live programs will be held at 10:30 a.m. ET on Tuesday, March 24, and at 3 p.m. ET on Wednesday, March 25. To register, visit: https://on.in.gov/UI2020
  • Indiana Department of Revenue (DOR) continues to provide customer service by phone at 317-232-2240 and email using the online form at dor.in.gov/3392.htm.
  • The CDC has posted updated guidance for healthcare workers treating a patient who is suspected of having or confirmed to have COVID-19. Here is the link: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/hcp/caring-for-patients.html
  • The ISDH call center continues to experience high volume. Hoosiers with general questions are encouraged to visit the website in.gov/coronavirus for more information. ISDH has implemented a toll-free 24/7 call center at 877-826-0011 that includes options for healthcare providers as well as the public. Call center staff cannot offer medical advice or provide test results.

 

More information may be found at the ISDH website at in.gov/coronavirus/ and the CDC website at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html.

 

Fulton County emergency call to action

Effective Thursday, March 19th, all Fulton County offices and facilities, excluding the Courthouse, will be closed to the public.  People who need to conduct business with the county will be allowed to do so on a case by case basis by making an appointment with the respective county office, who will determine if it warrants personal interaction. Notices will be posted on building doors with phone numbers to call to reach someone inside to discuss their business needs.

 

For Employees:

No out-of-town meetings unless it is an emergency or approved in advance.

 

Board meetings will be closed to the public and departments; media only.

 

It is recommended that employees with underlying conditions get a note from their primary care provider with a recommended course of action. If you have trouble getting an appointment with the doctor the original diagnostic documentation can be used instead. A doctor recommendation would be required if the employee is requesting extended time away from work due to illness.

 

Employees with symptoms (documented by a Dr. note) to be off of work will be granted up to 10 days off with pay. If after 10 days the employee is not ready to return to work the situation will have to be reevaluated.

 

Department heads must document the attendance due to COVID-19 related outbreak in the case there may be reimbursement from State or Federal Government at a later date.

 

Thank you for your patience and understanding,

Indiana University Student Government commits $100,000 to COVID-19 response

The Indiana University Student Government Congress committed $100,000 Tuesday from its Rainy-Day Fund to assist students with emergency financial need after the university announced the cancellation of face-to-face classes for the semester and the closure of most campus dormitories.

 

“We are committed to helping IU students through this unique, challenging time,” Andrew Ireland, a second-year law student and the Speaker of the IU Student Government Congress said. “This is a small step in giving students immediate assistance for accessing care, getting home safely, and ensuring their academic success.”

 

Indiana University’s President, Michael A. McRobbie, announced Sunday the university would shutter its doors, sending the Bloomington campus’s more than 40,000 students home to complete virtual coursework for the remainder of the semester.

 

The IUSG’s measure will help seed a new, COVID-19 specific emergency fund administered by the university’s Division of Student Affairs to directly give financial support to students in need. Ireland said he expects the university to share more details about the emergency fund in the coming days and encourages students to continue to share their concerns with IUSG by email at iusgcong@indiana.edu.  

 

“This is a small but important way we can help students through the COVID-19 crisis” said Rachel Aranyi, a sophomore and the group’s Education Committee Chair. “IU’s Student government is fighting to make sure no one is disadvantaged by the university’s response, that everyone can complete their courses on time and that they can continue to work toward their academic and career goals.”

 

“I want people to know we will get through this together. This is a hard time for all of us, but especially international students and disadvantaged students who may not have the chance to go home or sufficient access to technology to participate in online courses if they do,” Adam Ratzman, a freshman and the group’s Parliamentarian said. “Our work doesn’t stop here. This is just the first step.”

 

The Indiana University Student Government (“IUSG”) is the university-wide student government at Indiana University-Bloomington and is committed to protecting student rights, enriching student life, and improving Indiana University.

 

For more information, visit: iustudentgovernment.indiana.edu

Chamber of Commerce shares local restaurant information

We are going through unprecedented times right now; unlike anything we have ever experienced. Here is a list of our food service members as well as some non-members and ways you can support them during this time.

 

Burger King (223-8470)

Drive-thru

Monday-Sunday 6am-11pm

 

Dairy Queen (223-3345)

Drive-thru

Monday-Sunday 11am-9pm

 

Dam Landing (223-8950)

Carry out and delivery

Tuesday-Friday 4pm-9pm

Saturday 11am-10pm

Sunday 11am-9pm

Delivery available within 5 miles;

$5 delivery charge

 

Dick’s Drive-In

Closed

 

Dillys Restaurant and Bar (598-2222)

Carry out

Monday-Saturday 12pm-8pm

 

Evergreen Eatery (223-3837)

Carry out

Tuesday-Saturday 11am-8pm

Family-style meal available

 

Jarrety’s Place (223-7101)

Carry out and delivery

Monday-Saturday 7:30am-1pm

 

McDonald’s (223-9473)

Drive-thru, carry out, or kiosk (card only)

Monday-Friday 5am-11pm

Saturday 5am-1am

Sunday 6am-11pm

Carry out available until 10pm

 

Mikey’s Pizza Pit Stop (223-5888)

Carry out

Tuesday-Friday 11am-2pm; 4pm-8pm

Saturday-Sunday 11am-8pm

 

 

Moose 1107 Kitchen (574-316-0409)

Carry out

Tuesday and Friday 4-7pm

Please call to text to place order

 

Nubiano’s Pizza (223-4224)

Curbside pick-up and delivery

Tuesday-Thursday 11am-9pm

Friday 11am-10pm

Saturday 4pm-10pm

Sunday 4pm-9pm

 

Pizza Hut (223-5255)

Carry out and delivery

Sunday-Thursday 11am-10pm

Friday-Saturday 11am-11:30pm

 

Rochester Bagel and Coffeehouse (223-4100)

Carry out

Monday-Saturday 6am-2pm

Please call ahead for all orders

 

Rochester Meat and Deli (223-3700)

Carry out

Monday-Friday 9am-5pm

Saturday 9am-2pm

 

Schnabeltier (224-3373)

Carry out

Monday-Thursday 10am-6pm

Friday-Saturday 10am-8pm

Sunday 12pm-4pm

 

Streamliner Family Restaurant (223-4656)

Drive-thru and carry out

Monday- Sunday 11am-10pm

 

Uncorked (223-9866)

Carry out

Monday, Wednesday, Friday 4pm-8pm

Saturday 12pm-8pm

 

Wings Etc. Grill and Pub (223-9464)

Carry out

Monday-Sunday 11am-9pm

 

 

Arby’s (224-2729)                                                                Drive-thru

Monday-Thursday 10am-11pm

Friday- Saturday 10am-12am

Sunday 10am-10pm

 

B & K Drive In (223-2505)

Carry out

Tuesday- Saturday 10:30am-8pm

 

El Cielito Lindo (223-3501)

Delivery Only

Monday-Sunday 11am-8pm

There are delivery fees and order minimums

 

Jonesy’s Junction (598-2665)

Carry out

Tuesday-Saturday 11am-7:30pm

Please call ahead for all orders

 

KFC/Taco Bell (212-0650)

Drive Thru

Sunday-Thursday 6:30am-1am

Friday-Saturday 6:30am-3am

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

               

 

 

 

Kibitizer’s (653-2446)

Carry out

Monday-Sunday 11am-1pm; 5pm-8pm

 

Poblano’s (223-3514)

Carry out

Sunday-Thursday 11am-9pm

Friday-Saturday 11am-10pm

 

Putt’s Bar and Grill (223-2715)

Carry out

Monday-Saturday 7am-3am

Sunday 10am-3am

 

Teel’s

Closed

 

Tweedle Dee’s

Closed

 

Wendy’s (223-8654)

Drive-thru and carry out

Sunday-Thursday 6:30am-11pm

Friday-Saturday 6:30am-12am

Carry out available until 11pm

Warsaw closes city buildings, facilities

At Monday’s common council meeting, Warsaw Mayor Joe Thallemer announced that all city facilities, including city hall will be closed through April 29 in an effort to slow the spread of the coronavirus.

 

Also announced was a non-essential travel ban for city employees.

 

Employees will also be asked to do all essential meetings over the phone or virtual means.

 

Other announcements made included the cancellation of parks and recreation activities and any space that was rented will be canceled for the time. Thallemer said that policies will be revisited and adjusted as needed as time goes on.

Health Department announces second death in Indiana

The Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH) today announced that a second Hoosier has died from COVID-19. The patient is a Johnson County adult over age 60 who had been hospitalized. No further information about the patient will be released due to privacy laws.

 

ISDH has received six new positive cases of COVID-19, bringing to 30 the number of Hoosiers diagnosed through ISDH, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and private laboratories. The new cases involve residents of Lake (2), Franklin (2) and Marion (2) counties and will be included on ISDH’s online dashboard at https://www.in.gov/coronavirus/. The full list of counties with cases is included in the dashboard, which will be updated daily at 10 a.m. Cases are listed by county of residence.

 

Additional updates on the state’s response to the COVID-19 outbreak may be provided later today.

Midwest Eye Consultants press release

With the recent concerns surrounding COVID-19, Midwest Eye Consultants is committed to the health and safety of our patients, employees, and communities. At this time, our practices will remain open for business during regularly scheduled hours.

 

In order to prevent the spread of COVID-19, we are taking precautions in our practices following all CDC recommendations.

 

Please use your best judgment if you or someone in your household has been sick. We are happy to reschedule your appointment if necessary. You can find a list of contact information for each of our locations at midwesteyeconsultants.com.

 

Midwest Eye Consultants will provide continuous updates on office closings on our Facebook page and website.

Congresswoman Walorski say government wants to help with COVID-19

Congresswoman Jackie Walorski says if you are unfortunate enough to contract the cornavirius they are working on ways to make sure you get the help you need

 

 

Congresswoman Walorski says a unified effort is needed.

 

 

 

Moose Lodge Celebrating 50th Year for the opening of the lake

Austin Shepherd, Governor of the Moose Lodge #1107 in Rochester, says they have some big events planned for the upcoming boating season, starting with the annual opening of the lake.

 

 

The Moose Lodge is always looking for new members.  If you want to join Austin tells us how you can do that.

 

 

Fulton County Chamber of Commerce changes

Our businesses are experiencing a range of challenges associated with COVID-19, from employee bandwidth to time constraints - all within our rapidly changing health environment. We are postponing or canceling networking events scheduled for the next few weeks. These include:

 

  • Business After Hours at Smith Sawyer Smith (March 19th)
  • Legislative Breakfast (March 21st)
  • FUEL’s Adulting 101 (April 14th)
  • Business After Hours at Culligan (April 23rd)
  • 2020 Annual Community Gala (April 25th)

We plan to reschedule the gala at a later date, to be determined. We will email an updated invitation and continue ticket sales once rescheduled.

 

The Chamber will remain open for business. However, we encourage you to call ahead if you wish to visit us or order Chamber Dollars.

 

Public health experts advise anyone who is most vulnerable to complications from COVID-19 to follow the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommendations to stay home as much as possible and avoid large gatherings. Please follow CDC recommended respiratory etiquette and safe hand washing practices and stay home if you feel ill.

 

As testing becomes more available and results come in, public health experts say it is possible there will be news of more cases in the state and region. To help support the public health response, we will continue to monitor the changing news of our region and keep you up to date on new developments.

 

President Trump has allocated $50 billion to the Small Business Administration (SBA) for Economic Injury Disaster Loans. For Hoosiers to gain access to this funding, we need to collect small business economic impact data from every county in Indiana so that Governor Holcomb can declare an economic injury disaster. If your business has, or you anticipate will, be impacted by COVID-19, please complete this form at your earliest convenience.

 

We are working diligently to gain access to this funding and would greatly appreciate your help.

 

Stay informed:

 

As always, we will continue to encourage shopping locally. You can purchase gift cards to your favorite restaurants and shops, order carry-out, and of course call us to order Chamber Dollars to be used at a later time.

 

Thank you for supporting our community through investment in the Chamber,

 

Jillian Kreamer

Executive Director

Fulton County Chamber of Commerce

822 Main Street | Rochester, IN 46975

Direct: 574-223-0700

Coronavirus notice from the City of Rochester

The City of Rochester is taking action to aid in preventing any spread of the coronavirus at the city government level.  It is not a time for panic, but a time for diligence.

The March 24th City Council meeting is canceled.  All other city meetings for the next 30 days have also been canceled except for a limited Board of Public Works and Safety meeting with only two agenda items (claims and payroll), there will be no department reports or public requests.

In 30 days, the situation will be assessed to see if standard practices may be resumed or if further actions are necessary.

For information concerning hygiene efforts or prevention and treatment of the virus, please contact the Fulton County Health Department or State of Indiana Department of Health and Human Services or visit their websites. 

Again, let’s not panic, let’s be diligent. 

 

Thank you.

Mayor Denton 

Legislative Breakfast cancelled

Due to concerns associated with COVID-19, the final 2020 legislative breakfast scheduled for Saturday, March 21st has been cancelled. For any questions regarding the 2020 Session, you may contact our local legislators:

Senator Stacey Donato (District 18) – senator.donato@iga.in.gov or 800-382-9467

Representative Doug Gutwein (District 16) – h16@iga.in.gov or 800-382-9841

Representative Jack Jordan (District 17) – h17@iga.in.gov or 800-382-9841

Representative Ethan Manning (District 23) – h23@iga.in.gov or 800-382-9841

 

Thank you.

Governor Holcomb orders an end of dine-in at Indiana restaurants amid Coronavirus concerns

Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb joined moves made by the leaders of Ohio, Michigan, and Illinois today by ordering that bars, nightclubs, and restaurants be closed to customers looking to dine in.

In a statement from the Governor’s office, Holcomb says restaurants may only provide take-out, drive-thru and delivery services through the end of March.

Other additional steps meant to slow the spread of COVID-19 are as follows:

  • Indiana will adhere to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for large events and mass gatherings. The guidance recommends no in-person events of more than 50 people.
  • Under the current guidance for schools, 273 public school districts are closed, using e-learning days, or on spring break and have announced a future closure. The Department of Education is working with the remaining 16 school corporations to determine their next steps and needs
  • Bars, nightclubs and restaurants are required to close to in-person patrons and may provide take-out and delivery services through the end of March
  • Hospitals and ambulatory surgical centers should cancel and/or postpone elective and non-urgent surgical procedures immediately. This action will help the healthcare system conserve resources and personnel necessary to meet emerging health needs
    • Physicians should continue to perform critical procedures necessary to prevent short-term and/or long-term adverse effects to their patients’ overall health
  • The state’s Emergency Operations Center has been raised to a Level 1 status and will work in conjunction with the incident command center at the Indiana State Department of Health for planning, coordination, predictive analysis, and other functions
  • State employees will maximize the use of remote work and meet virtually whenever possible while maintaining operations. Non-essential in-person meetings will be limited to 10 persons or less and should meet virtually whenever possible. High-risk individuals should not attend meetings in person
  • State employees over the age of 60 with underlying health conditions are advised to work from home, and agencies should identify work that can be accomplished remotely for those individuals
  • The Indiana State Museum and Historic Sites, which are closed on Mondays, will close to the public beginning Tuesday
  • The visitors center at White River State Park will close
  • Indiana state parks and recreation centers, including state park inns, remain open. Restaurants will convert operations to take-out and delivery
  • State agencies already are developing remote work plans for employees and will continue to implement them while maintaining necessary state services. Employees who work outdoors are encouraged to practice social distancing
  • The Department of Workforce Development (DWD) has suspended rules requiring certain unemployment insurance claimants to physically appear at a Work One location to engage in reemployment services for the next four weeks. This will ensure that individuals who may be symptomatic do not have to physically appear to continue their unemployment insurance eligibility
    • The DWD will also request flexibility under federal and state law to expand eligibility for claimants and ease burdens on employers.
  • The Indiana Economic Development Corporation will postpone the inaugural Indiana Global Economic Summit, scheduled for April 26-28
  • Communities are encouraged to work together to provide child care options for all who need assistance and delivery services of meals and other necessities for senior citizens
  • Hoosiers who can donate blood are encouraged to visit local blood centers. Blood supplies are low.

RTC Press Release

RTC’s priority is the safety of its employees, customers, and community. We continue to monitor the impacts of the coronavirus, using the guidance of the Center for Disease Control and Indiana State Department of Health. We encourage you to use the guidance from these government agencies as the trusted resource for individual decisions regarding COVID-19.

 

With the recent developments, RTC will be doing the following, effective Monday, March 16:

? The RTC Business Office will be closed to visitors. Some of our staff will be working remotely, limiting the number of employees in the office and making sure they are able to distance themselves from one another. We will be available to help meet your needs during our regular business hours via phone, text, or email.

                                                Customer Service: 574-223-2191

                                                Technical Support: 574-223-0100

? For service appointments, we will be asking if anyone in your home has or has had a contagious illness. If yes, we will be rescheduling. This is so we can help prevent the spreading of illness and continue to provide service to all of our customers.

? We will not be shaking hands and we may ask for some space or request limiting the number of people in the area we are working. We promise, it’s not you. It’s just another way to keep everyone safe.

? You may notice our gloves, shoe coverings, disinfectant wipes or other protective gear; don’t be alarmed. Our team carries these items to preserve the condition of your home and the homes of other customers.

 

RTC has also proactively taken the FCC Pledge, Keep Americans Connected. As part of this promise we have opened up our Wi-Fi hotspots to all those in need. We have locations in; Akron, Argos, and Rochester. We are actively working to increase our Wi-Fi hotspots. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram for updates and Wi-Fi Hotspot Locations.

These changes will not affect your RTC services. We will continue to serve you, our customers, with the level of service you expect and deserve. We will be monitoring ongoing developments, re-evaluating and keeping you informed of changes. We encourage you to take the best steps necessary for your individual health and safety. If you have questions, concerns about your service, paying your bill or the recently implemented precautions please do not hesitate to contact us.

Rochester Community School Lunch Press ReleaseĀ 

Beginning Friday, March 20, Rochester Community Schools will provide food routes and pick-up locations for our families. The meal packages are intended to cover five days per student. Cafeteria staff will develop meals for all free and reduced lunch students. If you would like this free service provided and are NOT on free/reduced meals, please email kathy.wilkinson@zebras.net or call 574-223-2159 ext. 5004 by noon on Thursday, March 19 so staff knows to package food for your student. This FREE FOR ALL service will last the entirety of school not in session.

  • Pick up locations are on Fridays from 11:00 am to 12:30 at:
  • Heart to Heart Church of the Nazarene (1987 Southway 31)
  • Grace United Methodist Church (201 W. 7th St.)
  • Faith Outreach Church (1125 E. 9th st.)
  • Mill Creek Church (1136 N St. Rd. 25)
  • Safe Harbor Church (1944 Sweetgum Rd.)

 

Food cannot be consumed on site.

 

Meals will be delivered on Fridays from 11:00 am to 12:30 to students who ride busses:

 

  • 4 (Brad Smiley)
  • 14 (Stacy Ingram)
  • 19 (Ian Ramer)
  • 21 (Mary James)
  • 27 (Kevin Wallskog)

 

Someone must be home to pick up the food package. If you are not able to be home during that time, please contact Mrs. Wilkinson to arrange for church pick-up or another form of delivery

 

 

Respectfully

Jana K. Vance, Ed.S

Superintendent

Rochester Community School Corporation

IU extends spring break and moves to remote teaching

To all members of the Indiana University community,

I write to share further immediate and necessary changes at Indiana University to help combat the spread of COVID-19. This is a rapidly changing public health situation, and it is now clear we need to go beyond the actions we have already taken. In less than one week since my first message to you on March 10, the World Health Organization has declared COVID-19 a global pandemic, and the U.S. government has declared a national state of emergency. Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb had earlier already declared a public health state of emergency. The number of confirmed cases across the U.S. and in Indiana is growing each day. As of my writing this, the total number in the U.S. is over 3,000 and rising rapidly.

At this time, we continue to have no confirmed cases on Indiana University campuses. But with the anticipated greater availability of test kits in the near future, this could change very quickly.

The health and safety of the IU community are our foremost concerns as we make vital decisions for the operations of the university. We continue to be advised by health experts, including those from county, state and federal agencies.

We had hoped our intermediate steps would be sufficient, but it is now clear that IU must take the set of actions as outlined below to help slow the spread of COVID-19 in our community. I know how deeply disappointing these changes will be for our entire community, and especially for our students. All of us regret deeply that we have to take these actions. Yet they are absolutely necessary, and we are asking all individuals to make deep sacrifices for the good of those in our community who are most vulnerable to the threat of infection.

Classes to be virtual for the remainder of the spring semester

IU is suspending face-to-face classes and transitioning to virtual learning for the remainder of the spring semester. Classes will not resume until March 30 (see extended spring break below).

Students in courses with a clinical component or field work will receive further instruction from the academic leaders in their programs as to how these will be addressed. Faculty can continue to find resources on the Keep Teaching website. Students can find more information on online learning through the Keep Learning class on Expand as well as campus specific information on coronavirus.iu.edu.

Residential housing to close

To reduce large concentrations of students living in on-campus housing with many shared spaces and dining facilities, IU will close most of its residence halls and on-campus housing on March 20. Procedures for an orderly move-out and transition policies, including retrieving essential items, will be provided by each campus to housing residents via email by Tuesday and on campus housing websites. These will include procedures for students with highly exceptional situations who do not have a permanent residence or cannot return to their permanent residence, including some international students.

Extending spring break one week

As noted, spring break will be extended by one additional week. It will now be from March 14 to 29. This additional week will provide more travel flexibility for all students given the stress on domestic and international travel systems. It will additionally give faculty time to prepare for completing the semester via virtual teaching.

Canceling and postponing events

Upon the recommendation of the IU Foundation and in the continuing interest of safety, the Men's and Women's Little 500 bike races are canceled for this academic semester. This includes all associated events, including the qualifications events. The possibility of holding the events at some future date beyond this semester will be reassessed at a later date. I recognize that this necessary decision is especially heart-breaking for those students who have invested months of training in anticipation of this great contest on the Bloomington campus, but again it is necessary in the best public health interests of the IU community and the public.

All other IU-affiliated events and gatherings should be postponed, canceled or conducted virtually for the rest of the academic semester.

IU will assess in the coming weeks the future of its commencement ceremonies that are scheduled to be held on each campus in May. 

Working remotely

IU campuses remain open with limited operations as I described in my Friday letter.

Just as virtual instruction will continue for the remainder of the semester, staff and faculty who are able to meet their work obligations from home by telecommuting, and are in a position to do so, should continue to do this. Unit heads should continue to be as flexible as possible, considering the nature of the work and whether the necessary tools and technology are available to allow employees to fully perform their job duties away from campus.

Staying informed 

As the worldwide situation with COVID-19 continues to change rapidly, it is vital that all students, faculty and staff check their IU email at least daily. Email from IU offices, along with the coronavirus.iu.edu website, will be the best way to stay informed as the circumstances concerning COVID-19 and the efforts to mitigate and control its spread continue to rapidly develop. This website includes campus-specific information, so please look for details pertaining to your campus on a regular basis. 

These are extraordinary times. I know how very difficult and deeply disappointing these steps will be for many students, staff and faculty. We profoundly regret having to arrive at this place, as I know that it means further disruption for all of you and your families. We do so now to enable everyone to better plan for the remainder of March and April. We are taking these necessary actions to support the health and safety of the IU community and the communities around our campuses. These steps will enable both our public health goals and continuity of our research and education mission in these circumstances.

Even in trying times like these, IU continues to join with many other scientists at America’s leading research universities and those around the world to help find a cure and to refine effective practices of combating disease. I thank the researchers in our Schools of Medicine, Public Health and many others who are contributing to the analysis and public policy that help advance our well-being.

I am deeply grateful to everyone in the IU community for your understanding and your willingness to navigate the disruptions caused by this virus. Personal responsibility and swift collective action are essential as we work together to protect the health and safety of our community.

Sincerely, 

Michael A. McRobbie

President
Indiana University

Rochester, Knox armed robbery suspects arrested; another report found to be false

Rochester Police responded to an armed robbery call Friday evening.

 

Rochester Police report that at  approximately 8:40 pm, the department was advised of an armed robbery at O’Reilly Auto Parts, located at 1514 Main Street.  When officers arrived they found both store employees to be unharmed, and the suspects had fled the scene.  During the on scene investigation, and through victim interviews, officers were advised there were two male suspects, both were armed.

           

During this investigation, the Fulton County Sheriff’s Department and Rochester Police Department received information of another armed robbery of an auto parts store in Knox.  The description of those suspects, and method of robbery, matched the suspects from the armed robbery at O’Reilly in Rochester.

 

Later that night, a traffic stop was conducted in Pulaski County.  This traffic stop resulted in, what is believed to be, the suspects involved in both armed robberies.  This remains an ongoing investigation and no further details will be released at this time. 

 

Also on Friday, at approximately 11:00pm, the Rochester Police Department received a call that an armed male subject walked in the front door of the Hotspot convenience store, located at 901 Main Street,  while another male subject walked to the back of the store.  Officers arrived on scene, took the necessary precautions, but found that this report was not accurate.  The store employee confirmed that the reported incident did not occur.

Tippecanoe Valley School Corporation Press Release

Important Announcement from TVSC

March 13, 2020

Dear Staff, Parents, Guardians, Students and to the Valley Community, 

Tippecanoe Valley School Corporation officials, in coordination with federal, state, and local government and health officials have been very closely monitoring the Coronavirus (CO-VID2019).  

All schools in the Tippecanoe Valley School Corporation will follow the schedule below.  Students will gather and organize all of their belongings and all medications to take home at the conclusion of the school day on Monday, March 16th.  Additional information regarding the following schedule will be forthcoming in the next week from our dedicated educators and staff. 

Monday, March 16 School in Session:  2-hour delay
Tuesday, March 17 Waiver Day:  Teachers & Staff Report 
Wednesday, March 18 Waiver Day:  Teachers & Staff Report 
Thursday, March 19 E-Learning
Friday, March 20  E-Learning

March 23 – March 27
Monday, Wednesday, Friday E-Learning Days
Tuesday & Thursday Waiver Days

Monday, March 30 E-Learning 
Tuesday, March 31  Waiver Day
Wednesday, April 1 E-Learning
Thursday, April 2 E-Learning  
Friday, April 3 Waiver 

April 6 - 10  Spring Break

TVSC will continue to monitor and update with any urgent updates or concerns.  Thank you always, and especially in this season for your continued support of Tippecanoe Valley School Corporation.

COVID-19 update from ISDH

The number of Hoosiers who have tested presumptively positive for COVID-19 remains unchanged at 12 as announced earlier today by Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH). This number reflects tests performed at ISDH, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and those submitted by private laboratories.

 

The individuals with positive tests reside in Marion, St. Joseph, Hendricks, Adams, Boone, Howard, Johnson and Noble counties. All but one are adults.

 

ISDH continues to work with local health departments to identify close contacts of the existing patients and ensure that infection-control protocols, such as self-isolation and monitoring for symptoms, are implemented.

 

Other developments:

 

  • The ISDH lab has received additional testing supplies from the CDC and continues to prioritize individuals who are at high risk.
    • Individuals who do not meet those criteria are encouraged to consult their healthcare provider about private testing. Most people with COVID-19 will develop mild symptoms and do not need to be tested.
  • The ISDH call center is experiencing extremely high call volume, receiving more than 1,000 calls from 8 a.m. Thursday to 8 a.m. Friday.
    • The ISDH general call center number is 317-233-7125. Calls after 8 p.m. should go to 317-233-1325 and will be answered by an on-call epidemiologist. Call center staff will not offer personal medical advice or provide test results. If you are sick, consult your healthcare provider.
  • Hoosiers are urged to be on alert for phishing scams or fraudulent emails, especially those pretending to be from the CDC or offering testing or vaccination, and verify that any charity seeking your assistance is legitimate before donating. Consumers who believe they may have been the victim of a scam can contact the Indiana Attorney General’s Office at https://www.in.gov/attorneygeneral/2434.htm.
  • The CDC has issued guidance regarding cleaning surfaces in a household with a resident who is suspected or confirmed to have COVID-19.
  • The Indiana Family and Social Services Administration’s Division of Mental Health and Addiction has posted guidance for mental health providers to help them assist Hoosiers during this outbreak. The guidance can be found here. The CDC also is providing guidance for individuals who are having difficulty coping during this time.
  • Since Jan. 28, 142 Indiana travelers have been monitored for symptoms of COVID-19, which include cough, fever and shortness of breath, due to recent travel to an impacted country.
  • Hoosiers are encouraged to continue to sign up at https://on.in.gov/COVID19 to receive alerts and the latest updated guidance as the outbreak evolves

About COVID-19

COVID-19 is a respiratory illness caused by a novel, or new, coronavirus that has not been previously identified. The virus causing COVID-19 is not the same as the coronaviruses that commonly circulate among humans and cause mild illness, like the common cold. Human coronaviruses most commonly spread from an infected person to others through:

  • Respiratory droplets released into the air by coughing and sneezing;
  • Close personal contact, such as touching or shaking hands;
  • Touching an object or surface with the virus on it, then touching your mouth, nose, or eyes before washing your hands; and
  • Rarely, fecal contamination.

 

The CDC does not recommend that people who are well wear a facemask to protect themselves from respiratory illnesses, including COVID-19. You should only wear a mask if a healthcare professional recommends it. A facemask should be used by people who have COVID-19 and are showing symptoms to protect others from the risk of infection.

 

This is an ongoing situation and is evolving rapidly. For more information, including a list of frequently asked questions, visit https://on.in.gov/COVID19 and subscribe to receive updates.

 

Visit the Indiana State Department of Health at http://www.in.gov/isdh/ or follow us on Twitter at @StateHealthIN and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/StateHealthIN.

Sen. Young statement on Coronavirus National Emergency Declaration

U.S. Senator Todd Young (R-Ind.) today issued the following statement regarding the President’s national emergency declaration to free up more federal aid for state and local governments to respond to the coronavirus outbreak:

 

“The President’s national emergency declaration is welcome news to help to contain the spread of coronavirus. This will free up additional funding and resources to help states like Indiana immediately respond to this public health emergency. I will continue working with our federal, state, and local leaders to ensure our state is prepared and Hoosiers are safe,” said Senator Young.

 

Yesterday, Senator Young joined a bipartisan group of Senators to introduce the Coronavirus Worker Relief Act, which would provide immediate assistance to workers who are ill, or caring for sick loved ones, so that they can take time off from work without the threat of financial harm. This temporary relief would help workers comply with public health guidance and safeguard the health of their families and our communities. Last week, Senator Young voted to pass  $7.7 billion in emergency funding to help states combat the virus. Resources freed up by the national emergency declaration would supplement this funding.

 

Additional background:

  • Since 2017, Senator Young has been taking steps to help prepare for a global health crisis like the current coronavirus pandemic.
  • In June 2017, Senator Young convened a panel of experts to examine the World Health Organization's (WHO) preparedness for the next global pandemic. He was joined by two experts on the issue: Dr. David Nabarro, a Special Adviser to the United Nations Secretary-General; and Dr. Rebecca Katz, an Associate Professor and Co-Director at Georgetown's Center for Global Health Science and Security. More here
  • Senator Young is a member of the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) Commission on Strengthening America’s Health Security.  
  • In November 2019, Senator Young was a contributor to the commission’s report,  “Ending the Cycle of Crisis and Complacency in U.S. Global Health Security.”
  • In 2019, the Senate passed and the President signed into law the Pandemic and All-Hazards Preparedness and Advancing Innovation Act with my support.
  • In January 2020, Senator Young sent a bipartisan letter to the World Health Organization urging them to declare the coronavirus an emergency.

Hoosiers looking for more information can visit Senator Young’s coronavirus information webpage HERE.

Caston Community Schools press release

To: All Parents/Guardians of Caston Students

 

From: Mrs. Cindy Douglass, Superintendent

 

Date: March 13, 2020

 

Re: Coronavirus Pandemic - Impact to Caston School Corporation

 

This morning, Caston School Corporation staff met at 8:00 a.m., and subsequently a group of Superintendent’s and Administrators from the immediate outlying area met to discuss plans for the coming days in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. We are utilizing guidance from the Indiana Department of Education, direction from Governor Holcomb, information from the Center for Disease Control, our county health departments, and other guidance being provided to Indiana’s K-12 public schools to make the most informed decisions possible at this time.

 

The decision has been made to cancel school for all students March 16, 2020 - April 3, 2020. This includes all sporting and extra-curricular events, practices, and any additional school activities in which students would be involved.

 

Caston staff will work on Monday, March 16th to do extensive planning for the delivery of educational materials to students. Caston will utilize a combination of eLearning days and cancelled days (up to 20 “waived” days have been issued by the state at this time) over this period of time as follows:

 

March 16 - Cancelled day - NO eLearning

 

March 17, 18, 19, 20 - Caston WILL conduct eLearning

 

March 23, 24, 25, 26, 27 - Spring Break

 

March 30, 31, April 1, 2, 3 - Cancelled days - NO eLearning

 

Students were informed today near dismissal time regarding the plans for this timeframe. On Monday, March 16th, students/parents will be allowed to enter the building to pick up items forgotten/needed such as technology, musical instruments, medications, etc. which may be needed for the time off. This is the only day the building will be open for this purpose.

 

This situation is a very fluid situation and guidance is coming to us literally on an hourly basis. We will communicate to families as to plans beyond April 3rd at an appropriate time in the future. We appreciate your patience and flexibility as we attempt to navigate this extremely difficult situation.

 

Mrs. Lucinda Douglass, Superintendent

 

douglasc@caston.k12.in.us

 

574-598-8000 x 336

Fulton County Public Library press release

In an effort to be preventative, the Fulton County Public Library will be closed starting Monday, March 16th and will tentatively reopen Monday, April 6th. (We are open Saturday, March 14th.)

 

We are following our Emergency Closings Policy: the local schools are closing, so we are following suit. We have decided to be proactive rather than reactive in order to lessen the risk. We want to help flatten the curve so fewer people catch the virus: (https://healthblog.uofmhealth.org/…/flattening-curve-for-co…).

 

Borrowed materials will not be due until after we reopen. We will keep the public updated via our Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/FCPubLib/) and our website (www.fulco.lib.in.us).

 

All of our digital resources (https://www.fulco.lib.in.us/digital-resources/) will remain available during our closure.

 

We know this closure may be inconvenient, but we believe it is in the best interest of the community. We want to help keep everyone healthy and safe.

Eastern Pulaski School Corporation press release

March 13, 2020

 

Dear EPCSC Families,

 

Today we made the difficult decision to close all Eastern Pulaski Schools beginning Monday, March 16th due to the threat of the COVID-19 virus.

 

Teachers are instructing students to take home necessary materials at the end of the day today.

 

Monday, March 16 will be a waiver day and students will NOT have an eLearning day on Monday as staff prepares for the extended time off.

 

  • March 17 through March 20 will be four eLearning Days. Please have students access assignments through the EPCSC website.
  • Spring break will be March 23 through March 27.

 

  • March 30 – April 3 will be a “waiver” week from the state of Indiana with no school in session.

 

Based on guidelines from the Indiana Governor’s Office and the Pulaski County Health Department, all school related activities, extracurricular events and practices are postponed until further notice.

 

This is an unprecedented time and we understand the disruptions this situation is causing to our schools and community. We appreciate your patience and understanding. More information about eLearning expectations can be found on the EPCSC website. Additional communication will be shared by school administrators on or after March 30.

 

If you have any questions in the meantime please contact your school principal or your child’s teacher.

 

Thank you for your support in helping to keep our students and community safe.

 

Sincerely,

 

Dara Chezem

 

Superintendent

Fulton County Council on Aging press release

The Community Center (Resource Center) and Area Five Meals will be closed starting Monday, March 16 and will be re-opening on April 6. 

 

Transportation will still be running as usual.

 

The food pantry will be open normal hours and will work out of the east door facing the alley.

 

The welfare of our seniors is very important to us.  Please stay in, take care of yourself and stay well. 

Pulaski County Jail press release

Due to the pandemic of COVID-19 the Pulaski cCounty Jail is taking all precautions to ensure the safety of the staff and all offenders.

 

Effective immediately the jail has suspended all offender programming and visitation until further notice. At this time we do not have an expected date as to when programming or visitation will resume.

 

The sheriff's office will reassess this situation in two weeks and coordinate with local health officials to determine with programming and visitation will continue.

 

We are truly sorry for any inconvenience this may have caused.  if you have any questions or concerns, please call 574-946-3455.

Fulton County Jail Press Release

Due to the COVID-19 concerns and as an abundance of caution. The Fulton County Jail will be suspending visitation of inmates effective immediately. This decision was not taken lightly and is based upon the recommendations Fulton County Health Department / County Health Officer and recommendations from the Office of Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb.

 

This suspension will be monitored and reevaluated weekly. With this suspension we are also limiting non-essential visits of outside vendors to our jail facility and offices and suspending other non-essential activities.

 

Persons in the jail may still maintain phone visitation as normal. We ask for your cooperation at this time and this decision is made in mind of protecting all persons until this situation has passed.

 

Sheriff Sailors

Rochester Community School press releaseĀ 

Rochester Community School Press Release 

 

March 13, 2020 

 

Rochester Community Schools Staff and Parents, 

 

As you are aware, we have been closely monitoring information from the Centers for Disease Control, Indiana State Health Department, and we have been working very closely with our local Fulton County Health Department regarding the Coronavirus (Covid-19). 

 

Upon the advice of the Fulton County Health Department Director, Dr. Reyburn, we will close our schools starting Monday, March 16, 2020. Please note the following information: 

 

EVENT & ACTIVITIES: Effective Saturday, March 14th, we have cancelled all extra-curricular, co-curricular, events, practices, and activities at RCSC buildings/district until further notice.  

 

SCHOOL: Monday, March 16th - Rochester Community Schools will not be in session.  Teachers and staff will report during contracted time.  This is when medications and forgotten supplies can be picked up.    Elearning will take place on Tuesday the 17th, Wednesday the 18th, and Thursday the 19th.  School will not be in session on Friday, March 20th.  Monday and Friday are waiver days provided by the State of Indiana and we will not be required to make these days up.  

 

March 23rd - April 3rd: School will be closed for Spring Break.  Only essential personnel will be allowed in buildings. 

 

Please be aware that these precautions are being taken to reduce or limit our community's exposure to the virus. As a reminder, those practices include: 

 

·         Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. 

·         If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer. 

·         Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.  

·         Avoid close contact with people who are sick.  

·         Stay home when you are sick. 

·         Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue and throw the tissue in the trash. 

·         Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces. 

 

The Indiana State Department of Health has also established a hotline for the public. Should you have questions or concerns regarding the Coronavirus (Covid-19), please contact the following phone numbers for assistance: 

 

P:317-233-7125 from 8 AM - 8 PM P:317-233-1325 from 8 PM - 8 AM 

 

We will share additional information regarding elearning, lunch plans, and procedures, as well as other important updates over the next couple of days. Please be watching for additional information on the RCSC website/Twitter/Facebook to be shared.

 

Should you have questions regarding this information, please contact our Central Office at 574-223-2159. 

 

Respectfully 

 

Jana Vance, Ed.S

Superintendent

Rochester Community School Corporation

IHSAA postpones boys state basketball tournament

The IHSAA has announced the postponement of the boys state basketball tournament.

 

Due to the number of schools closing after today for an extended period of time, it has become apparent the IHSAA boys basketball tournament series cannot be completed as scheduled.

 

Subsequently, the boys basketball tournament is postponed immediately.

 

Saturday’s girls gymnastics state finals at Worthen Arena in Muncie will continue as scheduled with no spectators in attendance. Competition will begin at 1 pm ET / 12 pm CT.

Woodlawn Hospital COVID-19 update

Laura Goss, Infection Control Nurse at Woodlawn Hospital explains, for most of us, if we do come down with COVID-19, it will be manageable from home.

 

 

 

Goss says Woodlawn Hospital has visitor restrictions already in place and will keep it in place for awhile.

 

 

Lapel Regional ticket refund process; information sheet

The following is a release from Rochester High School regarding refunds for Lapel Regional tickets and the information sheet to be filled out at the time of request:  

 

 

Lapel Regional Basketball Tournament Press Release

Today, the IHSAA announced that the remainder of the IHSAA Boys’ Basketball State Tournament will be conducted without spectators to best protect our student-athletes’ and their families’ health.

 

Due to this announcement, any person who has purchased tickets from Rochester High School to Rochester’s regional basketball game scheduled for Saturday, March 14th at Lapel High School may return those tickets to Rochester High School for a full refund during the times listed below.

 

We understand that this is disappointing to many people and supporters of Rochester Athletics, but to reiterate the IHSAA’s announcement, Rochester Community School Corporation’s number one priority is the safety and health of our students and staff.

 

When returning your regional tickets for a refund:

  1. You will be asked to physically present and return all tickets purchased.
  2. Complete an information sheet.
  3. Cash refunds ARE NOT available. A check will be mailed to the address collected on the information sheet.

 

Dates and Times of Refunds

  • Thursday, March 12, 2020: 4pm-7pm
  • Friday, March 13, 2020: 8am-5:30pm

 

*Please enter through the main entrance of Rochester High School (door #1) on the west side of the building when returning your tickets.

 

 

Rochester Athletic Department

 

One Zebra Lane  •  PO Box 108  •  Rochester, Indiana 46975-1349

•  Phone 574-223-2176  •  Fax 574-223-1512

The Proud Home of the “Zebras

 

Chris Keisling                                    Ryan Johnson                                        Greg Martz

Principal                                            Athletic Director           Asst. to Athletic Director

 

 

Lapel Boys’ Basketball Regional Ticket Refund Information Sheet

 

Please write LEGIBLY when completing this form.

 

 

Name:                                                                                                       

 

 

 

Mailing Address:                                                                                                

                                                                   Street Address

 

                                                                                                                         

                                                          City, State, Zip Code

 

 

 

Phone Number:            (        )                                                                 

                             Area Code

 

 

 

Number of Tickets Returned:                  

 

 

Note: Tickets will be refunded as quickly as possible, but please be patient as we will be processing hundreds of requests. Thank you for your patience and understanding!

 

 

 

Ivy Tech delaying courses until new 8-week session; to go virtual

Ivy Tech Community College is delaying the continuation of current courses and the start of new 8-week courses until March 23 at which time the college will move to delivering all courses virtually. 

 

The college plans to deliver courses virtually through April 5 initially. The college will monitor and adjust this timeline as more is learned about COVID-19 nationwide and in the state.

 

Ivy Tech locations will remain open to provide student and business office assistance including the ability for students to meet with advisors, admissions and financial aid, use computers, and access to faculty as needed. Accommodations will be made for labs, clinicals and some technology courses to meet in groups of 10 or less as needed if social distancing can be assured. Information regarding such meetings will be provided to students from their faculty. Faculty and staff will continue to be on location to provide assistance. Ivy Tech students are currently on spring break.

 

“While our students have been on spring break we have continuously monitored the coronavirus pandemic and have weighed all options. Our focus is always on the safety and academic success of our students. At this time, given the escalating cases in Indiana and across the country, we believe that offering our courses virtually is now the most viable alternative. Ivy Tech currently offers nearly half of our courses online. However, with more than 1,600 faculty across our 18 campuses, we will use next week to provide faculty the training, tools, and support to deliver quality instruction to our students so that they can successfully move forward with their educational and career goals,” Ivy Tech President Sue Ellspermann said.

 

Ivy Tech offers 16-week courses that started in January and were at the midway point in the semester when spring break started on March 9. The restart of those courses will be delayed one week with this change. The College also offers a large number of 8-week courses, which had either ended by March 9 or are scheduled to begin on March 16. The start date of those second 8-week courses will be delayed with all courses starting again on March 23. In all cases under the current plan the semester will extend an additional week and conclude May 17. The College has not announced any changes regarding commencement ceremonies at this time.

 

Ivy Tech will continue to post updates at www.ivytech.edu/COVID-19

Severe weather, tornado threats more prominent in southern Indiana and southern Ohio Valley

Indiana is seeing it's first legitimate risk for severe weather of the year today.

 

David Beachler, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service, said the greatest risk for severe weather is in southern Indiana. Damaging winds, hail, and a small chance for a tornado are all in the cards.

 

"That threat (for tornadoes) seems to be along the Ohio River and further south than that," Beachler said. "But, that's not to say there could be some fluctuations and we may see that threat creep a little bit further north."

 

Beachler expects the weather to start ramping up a little after 3:00 p.m EDT and keep going through about midnight tonight. It's the middle of March and Beachler said this is about the time we start seeing a lot more severe weather pop up.

 

"This is typically the time we starting seeing severe weather," he said. "We saw a couple weeks ago a round of severe weather in the Tennessee Valley. So, it's not uncommon to see the first round of severe weather in the middle part of March, especially in central and southern Indiana."

 

Beachler said the severe weather will clear out by tomorrow and that it will be the start of a spring like warming trend as we head towards April. He does not expect any more days any time soon in which highs will be in the 30's or low 40's.

Notre Dame suspends classes to prepare for online courses during coronavirus outbreak

Notre Dame is the latest university in Indiana to cancel classes because of the coronavirus.

 

The university in South Bend announced in a series of tweets Wednesday that beginning March 23, and through at least April 13, all classes will be taught online, because of coronavirus concerns.

 

There will be no classes of ANY kind next week to allow faculty to make the adjustment to online.

NTSB to meet in April on investigation into crash that resulted in Shepherd conviction, three deaths

The investigation into a crash that killed three kids in Fulton County back in 2018 is not over.

 

The National Transportation Safety Board has announced they will hold a meeting next month to determine the probable cause of death. The meeting is scheduled for April 7.

 

Alyssa Shepherd, 25, of Rochester was convicted of reckless homicide, but she is appealing her conviction. Police say Shepherd drove around a stopped school bus on State Road 25 and crashed into four children October 30, 2018.

 

Aliva Stahl, 9, along with her twin brothers Mason and Xzavier Ingle (each 6 years old) were killed in the crash. The fourth child, Maverick Lowe, was critically injured.

CDC to award over $560 million to state & local jurisdictions in support of COVID-19 response

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is announcing another upcoming action by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to provide resources to state and local jurisdictions in support of our nation's response to the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).

"State and local health departments are on the frontlines of responding to the COVID-19 outbreak, and we are deeply grateful for their work," said HHS Secretary Alex Azar. "CDC is distributing this new funding extremely rapidly, as called for by Congress. President Trump, and his entire administration will continue working to ensure state and local jurisdictions have the resources they need to keep Americans safe and healthy."

 

Indiana will receive a total of $ 10,624,951.60.

"Our state, local, tribal and territorial public health partners are on the front lines of the COVID-19 response. The action we are taking today will continue to support their efforts to increase public health capacity where it's needed most," said CDC Director Robert R. Redfield, M.D. "These funds will allow public health leaders to implement critical steps necessary to contain and mitigate spread of the virus in communities across the country."

On Friday, March 6, the President signed the Coronavirus Preparedness and Response Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2020. The supplemental contains $8.3 billion government-wide, with resources directed for grants or cooperative agreements to states, localities, territories, and tribes to accelerate planning and operational readiness for COVID-19 preparedness and response, as well as develop tools and strategies, provide technical assistance and program support, as well as ensure ongoing communication and coordination among public health agencies and partners throughout the response.

Today, CDC is contacting State Health Officers to move forward with awarding over $560 million to states, localities, territories, and tribes. CDC will use existing networks to reach out to state and local jurisdictions to access this initial funding. 

First Pitch by FEDCO

Three area high schools will be represented at the upcoming “First Pitch by FEDCO” event, where six entrepreneurial entrants will compete for cash prizes sponsored by Fulton County REMC. Participating schools include Caston, Tippecanoe Valley and Rochester High Schools.

On Thursday, March 12, from 10 a.m. – 12 p.m., at the Rochester Learning Center, the six finalists (2 from each of the above schools) will have five minutes to present their business “pitch” to a panel of three judges. Each pitch will require student entrepreneurs to:

• Describe their product/service
• Prove feasibility of the business and why it will be profitable
• Clearly define the business model and how it will make money
• State what their competitive edge will be
• Explain why the owner/owners are a good fit for this type of business

The judges will then have six minutes to ask questions of each participant.

Beginning last fall, FEDCO, through its BizGro program, has coordinated this Fulton County entrepreneurial opportunity with the school systems.

“We really wanted to expose the students to the entrepreneurial process, not necessarily with the view that they “have” to start a business from this experience, but that they gained valuable insights about how they could launch a business. The “First Pitch” is that natural progression from their work with the school’s entrepreneurial instruction, into the next phase of a solid business proposal," says Amy Beechy, BizGro Manager.

 

She went on to say that if they desire to launch the business, winners will have access to FEDCO’s business resources such as business planning classes, workshops, low interest loan funds, and business counseling.

Fulton County REMC chose to sponsor this event by offering $1500 in cash prizes to these six finalists as an incentive to do well and as a reward for their work in this program, as opposed to being used for the future of their business. Prizes will be awarded as follows:


1st Place - $500
2nd - $400
3rd - $300
4th - $100
5th - $100
6th - $100


The business community and general public are encouraged and welcome to attend and support these students as they deliver their pitches.

 

For more information, contact Amy Beechy at 574-709-7955 or amy@projectmattersllc.com.

 

Babcock Scholarship applications are available

The Babcock Scholarship for Rochester High School GRADUATES is available on the Rochester High School guidance scholarship website. 

 

Applications can be turned in to RHS Guidance office or emailed to sue.cash@zebras.net

 

The deadline is April 15, 2020.

 

Health department updates COVID-19 case counts, dashboard

The Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH) has updated its new COVID-19 online dashboard to reflect two additional presumptive positive cases. The patients reside in Adams and Boone counties. This brings to six the number of Hoosiers who have tested positive for COVID-19.

 

The dashboard can be found at https://on.in.gov/COVID19 and will be updated daily at 10 a.m. and will reflect results received through midnight.

 

Additional updates on the state’s response to the COVID-19 outbreak will be provided later today.

Basketball is the theme of the 2020 Indiana State Fair

The Great Indiana State Fair, taking place August 7-23, announces that its 2020 theme BASKETBALL presented by Pacers Sports & Entertainment will be dedicated to all things related to the sport, with an homage to Indiana’s rich basketball legacy. The theme will be activated through multiple interactive experiences, including All-Star Court (a Basketball Amusement Park), the Pacers Sports & Entertainment Court, daily storytelling moments – 17 of Indiana’s greatest basketball stories told through the 17 days of the Fair, team player meet & greets, and so much more.

 

“The Indiana State Fair is an annual celebration of agriculture, entertainment, and what it means to be a Hoosier,” Governor Eric J. Holcomb said. “Perhaps the only other Hoosier tradition that brings together as many fans, as much nostalgia, and that sense of hometown pride is the love of basketball that’s swept our state for more than a century, which makes it the perfect theme for this year’s fair.”

 

“Indiana has a rich basketball heritage, so we are thrilled to offer a theme that will bring this sport to life,” said Cindy Hoye, executive director, Indiana State Fairgrounds & Event Center. “The Indiana State Fair is the greatest showcase of agriculture and entertainment and I can’t tell you how excited we are to share the history of basketball, along with many exhibits and installations that tell the story of how our how great state grew the game.“

 

“For our theme of ‘We Grow Basketball Here’ to be associated with our great Indiana State Fair could not be more perfect,” said Rick Fuson, president and COO of Pacers Sports & Entertainment. “As the original home of the Indiana Pacers during the time when they won three American Basketball Association championships, the Coliseum and the Fairgrounds are forever linked to our heritage. We are delighted that this partnership can remind our fellow Hoosiers of the legend and lore of the great Hoosier game.”

 

The history of basketball in Indiana is tied directly to agriculture. During the late 1800s, football was gaining popularity across the nation; however, in Indiana, schools were not consolidated and were mostly small, rural school communities with too few students to have a football team. Most could host a basketball team. The game was affordable, and the playing season was based on the farmers’ planting and harvest season. After each harvest, farm kids could play basketball, and then when the season ended in March, they could go back to the fields for planting. Thus, the tradition of “Friday Night High School Basketball” became rooted in Indiana.

 

Other significant historical basketball highlights include:

 

  • Butler University’s legendary coach Tony Hinkle introduced the orange basketball in the 1950s – in search of a ball that was more visible to players and spectators.
  • The Pacers got their name from the Indianapolis 500-Mile Race pace car and the pacing of Standardbred Harness Racing at the State Fairgrounds.
  • Basketball has a rich history at the Fairgrounds where our iconic Indiana Farmers Coliseum has played host to high school championships, the ABA Pacers, All-Star Games and more.
  • The Indiana State Fairgrounds first opened in 1892 – the same year basketball was introduced in Indiana – two great Hoosier traditions that have stood the test of time.

Man walking U.S. 30 stretch for Wounded Warriors Project

A man walking for the Wounded Warriors Project from northern Minnesota to Jacksonville, Florida is walking east along US 30 this week.

 

Jerry Meadows, 62, is an Air Force veteran who served from 1975 to 1979. So far, he has walked over 750 miles from Bemidji, Minnesota with his wife, who is driving slowly behind him. Meadows said that Indiana has been most accommodating so far and has been pretty free of issues. He has had a lot of support along the way.

 

Meadows would like to make it to Jacksonville by September or October.

Fundraiser opportunity for the Fulton County Animal Center

Fulton County Animal Center has an opportunity coming up for you to help them raise money that will go towards needed items at the center. 

 

Megan Cripe explains,

 

 

Janet Showley says if you cannot make it to that event there are items that you can always donate to the center to help take care of the animals.

 

 

Last Legislative Breakfast to be held in Akron

The Fulton County Chamber of Commerce will host their last legislative breakfast this month. 

 

Kori Pugh with the Chamber has details.

 

 

 

 

Pugh also touches on the Annual Community Gala.

 

 

New owners, new brand at Nappanee attraction

 It will still be the “Home of Amish Acres,” but the famous farm attraction in Nappanee will be moving forward under a new brand.

 

The owners of the property unveiled the name “The Barns at Nappanee,” featuring the Round Barn Theatre in the new logo. The property will continue to feature the attractions that are still on site, original theatre productions, and a restaurant with catering opportunities through the LaSalle Hospitality Group, who are based out of South Bend.

 

The Round Barn Theatre is putting on their first show of the year Easter weekend.

Indiana Hospital Association COVID-19 Statement

With today’s announcement of the first confirmed case of COVID-19 in Indiana, Hoosiers should know that hospitals are prepared. Hospitals actively participate in infection control efforts, regional patient safety coalitions, and in Indiana’s public health preparedness districts. These networks serve us well in responding to any public health emergency across the health care continuum in partnership with federal, state, and local agencies.

 

Every hospital has already been preparing for this development by collaborating with state and local partners. We are fortunate to have leaders in Governor Holcomb’s administration like State Health Commissioner Dr. Kris Box, who has been working tirelessly with stakeholders in anticipation of this possibility.

 

We urge Hoosiers to take an active role in prevention of all contagious diseases, including influenza. Actions everyone can take include, but are not limited to, vaccination, good hygiene practices, covering coughs and sneezes, and staying home when ill. The Indiana Hospital Association recommends those looking for resources to utilize the Indiana State Department of Health’s dedicated webpage or CDC guidance to learn more.

State health department confirms first case of COVID-19 in Hoosier with recent travel

Governor Eric J. Holcomb and the Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH) announced today the first presumptive positive case of COVID-19 in a Marion County resident with a recent history of travel to Boston.

 

To ensure continued coordination, Gov. Holcomb is issuing a public health emergency declaration.

 

“With the help of our federal, state and local partners, Indiana is responding to this case as we have planned and prepared for weeks,” Gov. Holcomb said. “The Hoosier who has been diagnosed has taken responsible steps to stay isolated.”

 

ISDH is working closely with the Marion County Public Health Department, Community Hospital North and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to ensure that any close contacts of the patient are identified and monitored and that all infection control protocols are being followed.

A presumptive positive case means the patient has tested positive at the ISDH Laboratories.

 

Samples will be sent to the CDC for final confirmation.

 

The public health emergency declaration Gov. Holcomb is issuing today will call on state agencies to continue their diligence and cooperation in responding to COVID-19 and ensures that Indiana can seek funding to control and stop the spread of coronavirus. The declaration will be posted at www.in.gov/gov.

 

State Health Commissioner Kris Box, M.D., FACOG, said the adult patient has been in quarantine since arriving back in Indianapolis and that the risk to the general public is low. The CDC will work to identify and notify air travelers who were on the individual’s flight from Boston and had close contact with the patient.

 

The patient will remain in isolation for 14 days and will not be released until specimens taken two consecutive days at the end of that period test negative for COVID-19. No additional information about the patient will be released due to privacy laws.

 

“The state health department has been preparing for weeks to ensure that we have the resources and systems in place to limit or prevent the spread of COVID-19 in Indiana,” Dr. Box said. “Given the global spread of this illness, the question was never if Indiana would have a case, but when it would arrive. I want to stress that this is an isolated case, and that this patient and the hospital did everything possible to limit the risk of exposure to other individuals. Because of those steps, the risk of additional exposure and community transmission is low, but we are taking every precaution to prevent new infections related to this patient.”

 

Human coronaviruses most commonly spread from an infected person to others through:

  • Respiratory droplets released into the air by coughing and sneezing;
  • Close personal contact, such as touching or shaking hands;
  • Touching an object or surface with the virus on it, then touching your mouth, nose, or eyes before washing your hands; and
  • Rarely, fecal contamination.

The best way to protect yourself from any respiratory illness, including the flu, is to:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.

The CDC does not recommend that people who are well wear a facemask to protect themselves from respiratory illnesses, including COVID-19. You should only wear a mask if a healthcare professional recommends it. A facemask should be used by people who have COVID-19 and are showing symptoms to protect others from the risk of infection.

 

This is an ongoing situation and is evolving rapidly. ISDH will provide updates as new information becomes available. For more information, including a list of frequently asked questions, visit https://on.in.gov/COVID19.

Rochester High School employs new technology to detect vaping

Vaping among school-aged children remains a growing issue. 

 

Assistant Principal at Rochester High School Assistant Principal Lauri Atkinson says it is a major problem in the school systems statewide. 

 

 

Rochester High School is trying to combat the vaping problem with new technology. 

 

 

Indiana State Board of Education.says schools grades are out

Report cards for schools in Indiana were released Wednesday afternoon by the Indiana State Board of Education.

 

About 85% of public schools in Indiana got a grade of C or better in 2018-2019.

 

Nearly a third of schools earned a B grade while another third of schools earned an A.

 

Those that didn’t do not have to worry about being punished for their poor performance. Governor Holcomb signed a law last month that requires a school’s A-F grade for this term to be the same as or higher than the 2017-2018 term.

 

“Consistent with the Governor’s request and the action of the General Assembly, these grades reflect the higher of last year’s or this year’s grades as schools and corporations are ‘held harmless’ from the potentially negative impact of their student’s performance on I-LEARN this spring,” Board Chair B.J. Watts said.

 

The next board meeting is April 15.

 

You can see how your school did by going here: https://www.doe.in.gov/accountability/find-school-and-corporation-data-reports

What's going to happen to Fulton County's old jail and admin building

The future of Fulton County's old jail and administration building is not decided.

 

Fulton County Commissioner Bryan Lewis says the facility may have some use once the new jail is up and operational.  But what that is remains to be seen.

 

 

 

 

In economic news, Lewis mentions the claim numbers for this two-week pay period for the county.

 

 

Fulton County Animal Center spay / neuter option available

Fulton County Animal Center's Megan Cripe takes a look at the February stats for the center.

 

 

 

 

 

Executive Director Janet Showley details an opportunity to get your pets spayed or neutered.

 

 

 

 

Fulton County Solid Waste District accepts household hazardous waste

Stacy Hart with the Fulton County Solid Waste District says they now accept household hazardous waste every day. 

 

 

 

 

Hart explains what  hazardous waste includes.

 

 

 

 

 

You can contact the Fulton County Solid Waste at 223-4939.

Winamac Middle School principal back on the job

Eastern Pulaski Community School Corporation has completed its investigation into allegations of misconduct made against Winamac Community Middle School Principal Ryan Dickinson and concluded that the allegations are unsubstantiated. 

 

Information on the decision was released by Eastern Pulaski Superintendent Dara Chezem stating that, similarly, the school has been informed that no criminal charges will be filed against Dickinson and that the related Department of Child Services investigation has been closed with a finding that the allegations were unsubstantiated. 

 

Accordingly, the school is returning Dickinson to full duty and removing him from Administrative Leave effective Wednesday, March 4.

 

The superintendent stated that no further comment will be made regarding the personnel matter.

 

 

Purdue Extension welcomes Jessica Riffle to Fulton County

The Fulton County Purdue Extension Office has a new member.

 

Jessica Riffle will be working with Dietetics.  

 

 

Riffle is looking forward to helping people with meal planning.

 

 

 

If you have questions for Jessica give her a call at the Purdue Extension Office.

Warrants served in Marshall County taxidermy theft case

Indiana Conservation Officers’ investigation of the thefts of animal parts and hides by a former local taxidermist that occurred as early as 2011 have resulted in the arrest of a suspect.

 

Cody Leed, 45, of Plymouth, was arrested February 28 on warrants through Marshall County for eight misdemeanor charges of theft, one felony theft charge, and one felony charge of corrupt business influence.

 

In December 2019, DNR Law Enforcement was notified that a local taxidermist had received animal parts and payments for services that were never returned or refunded, and told that the taxidermist had since dissolved his business but continued to maintain possession of the animal parts.

 

Conservation Officers have identified multiple victims in the case, and seek additional victims.

 

Conservation Officers encourage the public to contact DNR Law Enforcement Central Dispatch at 812-837-9536 with pertinent information.

Rochester Board of Public Works to hold meeting on purchase of wastewater camera truck

The City of Rochester Board of Public Works and Safety will meet in special session on Thursday, March 5, at 8:30 am in the Council Chambers at the City Building Complex located at 320 Main Street. 

 

The purpose of this meeting is to review and approve Resolution 02-2020, the purchase of a Warsaw Wastewater camera truck.

Trooper recovers vehicle in Miami County

A stolen vehicle was recovered by Indiana State Police during a Miami County traffic stop.

 

On Saturday night, Trooper Chad Babbs stopped a 2014 Dodge Caravan that was allegedly traveling 74 miles per hour in a posted 60 miles per hour zone on U.S. 31, near Miami County Road 800 North. The Caravan also purportedly had a false and fictitious license plate. Further investigation revealed that the Caravan was reported stolen from St Joseph’s County.

 

The driver, Tiffani Ward, 31, of Atlanta, GA, was incarcerated in the Miami County Jail on a felony charge for possession of stolen property. She also faces a misdemeanor charge for possession of marijuana. The Indiana State Police say officers found the narcotic in Ward’s possession.

Ward was also issued citations for speeding and having a false and fictitious license plate.

 

 

Winamac woman dies in Fulton County crash

A Winamac woman was killed in a Monday afternoon car crash.

 

Officers from the Indiana State Police and the Fulton County Sheriff’s Department responded to a two vehicle crash at the intersection of State Road 114 and Fulton County Road 1275 East, just after 2:00 pm.

 

The preliminary crash investigation revealed that Denise Payne, 45, was driving a 2017 Jeep Renegade northbound on County Road 1275 East, approaching a stop sign at State Road 114. Payne stopped the Jeep at the stop sign and then proceeded onto State Road 114. The Jeep pulled into the path of an eastbound 1992 International semi-tractor that was pulling a trailer loaded with grain. The semi-tractor, driven by Russell Feldman, 62, of Bourbon, hit the Jeep in the driver's door.

 

Payne was pronounced dead at the crash scene. Feldman was not injured.

 

This is an ongoing investigation. At this time neither the consumption of alcoholic beverages nor narcotics is suspected as having contributed to this crash.

 

Trooper Trottier was assisted at the crash scene by the Fulton County Sheriff’s Department, Lutheran Hospital EMS, the Henry Township Fire Department, ISP Lieutenant Brad Weaver, ISP Sergeant Rick Brown, Trooper Doug Weaver, Trooper Dustin Rutledge, and Trooper Aaron Schaal.

 

 

Trooper Trottier was assisted at the crash scene by the Fulton County Sheriff’s Department, Lutheran Hospital EMS, the Henry Township Fire Department, ISP Lieutenant Brad Weaver, ISP Sergeant Rick Brown, Trooper Doug Weaver, Trooper Dustin Rutledge, and Trooper Aaron Schaal.

Legislators decide against plan to pull hospital reimbursements

Legislators have pulled the plug on a plan to cut hospital reimbursements for services away from the main hospital campus.

 

The Indiana Hospital Association says it's on board with a session-long push to end surprise billing and create transparency in health costs. But doctors, nurses and administrators flooded the statehouse to warn against a proposal added by a Senate committee last week to pay hospitals less for services at outpatient surgery centers, M-R-I facilities or other offsite locations.

 

IHA president Brian Tabor says hospitals have created those off-campus centers to give patients easier access to health care. Hendricks Regional Hospital chief medical officer Michelle Fenoughty says it's a matter of understanding consumer behavior: patients are more likely to get the preventive care they need if it's convenient. She argues the rise of outpatient centers has helped drive improvements in cancer survival rates, because more people are getting recommended mammograms and colonoscopies.

 

Tabor says some older hospitals have opened off-campus centers because there's no room for them to expand at their original locations.

 

Hospitals warn the proposal would force some hospitals to close and put pressure on the rest. And they argue it would actually drive costs up instead of down by discouraging preventive care.

 

On a voice vote, senators stripped the off-campus amendment from the bill, five days after adding it. Some senators acknowledge they voted for the proposal before they had time to fully understand it.

Two Fulton County residents arrested on numerous criminal charges

Recently, criminal investigations by Indiana State Police Troopers Jessie Reason and Caleb Clark led to the arrests of two Fulton County residents on numerous drug related charges.

 

Trooper Reason launched an approximately three month long criminal investigation after receiving information that possible illegal drug activity was occurring at a home on 789 Cherry Tree Lane, Rochester, During the course of the investigation, enough probable cause was developed for a Fulton Superior Court arrest warrant to be issued for Adina Jezreel Keckler, 35, Rochester,  The warrant alleged a single charge for possession of methamphetamine. A search warrant was also issued for Keckler’s residence at 789 Cherry Tree Lane, 

 

Officers executed the warrants, taking Keckler into custody. During a subsequent search of Keckler’ s residence, officers allegedly found approximately eight ounces of methamphetamine, 11 firearms, and approximately $951.00 in United States currency. One the recovered firearms was an AR-15 rifle that was reported stolen from Cass County.

 

Also at the residence was Keckler’s younger adult brother. Indiana State Police say he is  mentally challenged and purportedly relies on his sister for care. He was found to be in an unclean state and allegedly had bugs crawling on his person. Officers transported him to a local hospital to be checked. He was eventually released into the care of a family member. Keckler was incarcerated in the Fulton County Jail to face criminal charges for dealing methamphetamine, possession of methamphetamine, possession of stolen property, neglect of a dependent, and possession of drug paraphernalia.

 

As Trooper Reason’s investigation progressed, Trooper Caleb Clark developed evidence that led to probable cause for a Fulton Superior Court search warrant for a residence at 2830 E Main Street, Macy, in the Nyona Lake area of Fulton County. During a search of the home, officers allegedly found two handguns with obliterated serial numbers, methamphetamine, marijuana, and drug paraphernalia. Officers also purportedly recovered the frame to a motorcycle that had been reported stolen from Howard County.

 

A resident of the home, Scotty Evers, 35, was taken into custody and incarcerated in the Fulton County Jail. He faces criminal charges for possession of stolen property, neglect of a dependent, possession of marijuana, possession of methamphetamine, possession of drug paraphernalia, and two counts for possession of a handgun with an obliterated serial number.

 

 

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