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JCHD Announces New Coronavirus Numbers in County Residents

Friday, July 10th, 2020 1:59pm

By Jefferson County Health Department, news release

We have had 15 positive cases reported since Tuesday, July 7th, making this past week our biggest increase in cases for a 7-day period.

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(Madison, Ind.) - Jefferson County’s current COVID positive case count stands at 85 at the time of this press release. The Indiana State Department of Health dashboard updates daily at noon. Cases that are received early in the day or late the previous day are not always captured on the dashboard. We have had 15 positive cases reported since Tuesday, July 7th, making this past week our biggest increase in cases for a 7-day period.

We would like to take this opportunity to remind all Jefferson County residents it is very highly recommended to wear a mask when out in public, and to wear the mask correctly. Mask should fit snuggly under your chin and above your nose. Wearing masks, social distancing and washing/sanitizing hands are our 3 main defenses against COVID-19.

Restaurant and bar employees are still required to wear masks according to Governor Holcomb’s Back on Track stage 4.5. This continues to be our number one complaint coming into the Health Department. Please know all complaints are followed up on. All restaurants have received education on the importance of wearing masks. We encourage the public to continue to call us with concerns of restaurant employees not wearing masks or not wearing them appropriately, but we are also asking for the public’s help, if you enter a restaurant or go through a drive-thru and employees are not wearing a mask and you feel your health is at risk please leave the restaurant. Restaurants and bars also need to be following social distancing guidelines. We also recommend customers wear a mask while in the restaurant, only removing while at your table. If you are up moving around the restaurant to use the restroom or to enter and exit we recommend you wear your mask.

Personal services such as beauticians, barbers, and nail techs are also required to wear masks as well as customers during our current stage 4.5.

If you have been tested for COVID-19 you should self-quarantine until you receive your results. You will be notified of results whether negative or positive. If you test positive you will be notified by either the Jefferson County Health Department or the Indiana State Department of Health or in some cases both. You will be given directions at that time as to how long you need to quarantine. You will also be asked who you have had direct contact (defined as less than 6 feet for at least 15 minutes) the last two weeks. So please be mindful of where you have been and who you have had contact with at all times.

If you have any further questions please feel free to contact the Jefferson County Health Department at 812 273-1942.

Mask up – social distance – hand wash/sanitize

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