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May 30, 2020

ISDH updates COVID-19 numbers
Even as the coronavirus crisis continues to unfold, Mother Nature is still at work. This 50-plus-year-old magnolia tree is in full bloom behind the Hoosier Street home of Tom “Donk” McCauley, who passed away this weekend. – Staff photo by Phyllis McLaughlin.
Even as the coronavirus crisis continues to unfold, Mother Nature is still at work. This 50-plus-year-old magnolia tree is in full bloom behind the Hoosier Street home of Tom “Donk” McCauley, who passed away this weekend. – Staff photo by Phyllis McLaughlin.
The April 3 update from the Indiana State Department of Health puts the number of COVID-19 cases in Jennings County at 31, up from 17 reported Wednesday.

Statewide, 3,437 cases have been confirmed from the 16,900 tested at this time, with 102 deaths attributed to the disease. Nationwide, cases rose to over 213,000, with 4,513 deaths reported yesterday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which also reports that the disease has spread to all 50 states, as well as the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Guam, the Northern Mariana Islands and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

Globally, the pandemic has reached more than 1 million confirmed cases, with more than 51,000 related deaths reported.

Of the surrounding couties, Decatur has reported 70 cases and four deaths; Ripley reported 47 cases and one death, an 81-year-old man who died Friday, March 27. Scott County has six confirmed cases and has reported one death.
No deaths have been reported in Jackson, which reports 25 cases; Bartholomew, which has 23 cases; or Jefferson, which has reported five cases.

Because of increased testing expected statewide, State Health Commissioner Dr. Kristina Box said ISDH will begin posting updates twice a day.

On Tuesday, Box, along with Fred Payne, director of the Indiana Department of Work Force Development, and Dr. Jennifer Sullivan, secretary of the Indiana Family and Social Services Administration, attended Tuesday's press briefing with Gov. Eric J. Holcomb.

Wednesday, April 1, 2020

Virus testing set in Jennings
In an effort to expand COVID-19 testing to as many Hoosiers as possible, the Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH) is partnering with OptumServe Health Services to offer COVID-19 test sites across the state.

Thursday, May 21, 2020

JCUW offers grants for COVID-19 relief
The Jennings County United Way recently was approved to receive a $175,000 grant to boost the efforts of nonprofits working on the front line of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Wednesday, May 13, 2020

Despite some restrictions being lifted statewide as of Monday, May 4, Hoosiers 65 and older, or those with high-risk health conditioned are asked to continuing self-quarantine or self-isolation. In all cases, compliance with CDC guidelines is required.

Wednesday, May 6, 2020

Third Jennings resident dies
A third Jennings County resident has died from COVID-19. County health nurse Pam Petry said the person had been a patient in an out-of-town hospital last week.

Wednesday, May 6, 2020

Special meeting called to discuss county reopening
Jennings County Commissioners will hold a special meeting via video-conferencing at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, as a follow-up to an April 30 special meeting in which they voted to extend the local stay-at-home orders through May 7.

Wednesday, May 6, 2020

Another Jennings County resident has died from COVID-19. County health nurse Pam Petry said the victim had been hospitalized for the disease and died Sunday, April 26.

Wednesday, April 29, 2020

Statewide COVID study begins
The Indiana State Department of Health has teamed up with Indiana University's Richard Fairbanks School of Health at IUPUI to conduct a study to measure the spread of coronavirus throughout statewide.

Wednesday, April 29, 2020

Gov. Holcomb holds briefing
On Monday, April 27 at 2:30 pm, Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb hosted a virtual press conference to update Hoosiers on the COVID-19 pandemic.

Regarding the stay-at-home order, the May 1 date has not been extended. Any updates on this will be updated on the plaindealer-sun.com website.

Joining the Governor was Daniel Rusyniak, Chief Medical Officer for the Family & Social Services (FSSA), who relayed some updated figures regarding new coronavirus cases. There are 963 new cases across the entire state of Indiana. Seventy-two of these are here in Jennings County. As of Monday, 31 additional deaths have been reported. The total amount of tests distributed statewide are up to 84,476.

Monday, April 27, 2020

Jennings' response just below IN average
The country has reached an important milestone in the 2020 Census. Half of all of the households in the U.S. have responded -that's nearly 74 million responses!
Wednesday, April 22, 2020

County suffers first death
Jennings County has suffered its first death from the novel coronavirus.
According to a release from the Jennings County Health Department on Friday, April 17, the death occurred Thursday, April 16. Citing privacy laws, the department did not release any other information.

Through various sources, the individual was determined to be a male in his 70's who lived in Vernon. He had been hospitalized at Columbus Regional Hospital on Monday.

Jennings County Public Health Officer Dr. Gregory Heumann had no comment except to send his prayers to the patient's family and friends during their time of loss.

The health department reminds the public the best way to protect yourself against this pandemic is to wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds; avoid touching your face with unwashed hands; avoid close contact with people who are sick; stay home when you are sick; cover your cough or sneeze; clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces; and maintain social distancing.

Friday, April 17, 2020

Mayor Ochs gives update on city services
Like communities across Indiana and the nation, the City of North Vernon is '"writing a new chapter" as it continues to effectively deliver services to its residents in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, Mayor Mike Ochs said earlier this month.

Wednesday, April 15, 2020

COVID-19 by the numbers
Wednesday, April 15, 2020

COVID-19 by the numbers
Wednesday, April 8, 2020

JCSC continues online learning
"We are trying to be cautious and conservative." That is the new mantra for Teresa Brown, superintendent of the Jennings County Schools Corporation.

With in-school instruction suspended through the remainder of the 2019-20 school year, Brown said the district will continue it's online learning program at least through April 30.

Gov. Eric J. Holcomb on Friday announced that districts must find a way to meet the state mandated 160 days of instruction before the school year officially ends in May.

Because the district decided not to take advantage of the 20 waiver days allowed by the state, and the district has initiated online learning on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays since March 16, with the exception of spring break, which was March 23-27, Jennings schools are on track to have met the mandate as soon as April 30, Brown said Monday.

"I have a great team," she added. "Nothing is done in isolation."

In the meantime, Brown has met regularly on the district's Google Meet platform with her staff, administrators, teachers and board members. Brown also has been networking with superintendents from other school districts.

Wednesday, April 8, 2020

Travel Advisory - Level Orange
The Jennings County Commissioners and officials from North Vernon and Vernon announced today that the travel status will be upgraded from yellow to orange, effective at 8 a.m. tomorrow, Saturday, April 4.
Additionally, Gov. Eric J. Holcomb said today that he will extend his statewide Stay at Home order through Sunday, May 3. The official order will be signed Monday.

Friday, April 3, 2020

SEI Communcations sets up free Wi-Fi in JC and in the area
SEI Communications has announced that as everyone continues to manage the COVID-19 pandemic, it has partnered with several local entities to provide free Wi-Fi internet access from your vehicle in the following parking lots:

Wednesday, April 1, 2020

Armed with needle and thread, area sewers take up battle against virus
It started in Colorado and has now spread nationwide.

Wednesday, April 1, 2020

Printed products' seem safe
Worried about your mail or even this newspaper being a virus carrier?

Wednesday, April 1, 2020

Restaurant opens again
The Brick Street Restaurant on East O&M Avnue has re-opened its "carry out only" business this week.
Wednesday, April 1, 2020

Sassafras festival victim of corona
The Sassafras Tea Festival and Civil War Living History has been sponsored by the Jennings County Historical Society annually since 1962. "It is unusual times," says Asher, festival chairperson. "The historical society's board of directors held on to the hope that the 59th annual event could once again announce the arrival of spring in Jennings County on April 25 and 26. However, with the seriousness of the Coronavirus pandemic and mandated social distancing, which was extended to April 30, we had no choice but to cancel this year's event. The Civil War historians and first person interpreters are scheduled a year in advance for re-enactments in Indiana and other states. We couldn't hold the event at a later date since their schedules are already set for 2020. However, everything is on board for the 4th Saturday and Sunday in April 2021."

Wednesday, April 1, 2020

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