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April 7, 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

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

North Vernon's TIF explores ways to help businesses impacted by the pandemic
The coronavirus has taken its toll not only on local small businesses but on some of the county's premier industries as well.

Wednesday, March 25, 2020

Federal disaster declaration means help is available from Small Business Administration
The U.S. Small Business Administration is offering low-interest federal disaster loans for working capital to Indiana small businesses suffering substantial economic injury as a result of the Coronavirus (COVID-19), SBA Administrator Jovita Carranza announced. SBA acted under its own authority, as provided by the Coronavirus Prepared-ness and Response Supplemental Appropriations Act that was recently signed by the President, to declare a disaster following a request received from Gov. Eric J. Holcomb on March 17, 2020.

Wednesday, March 25, 2020

3 coronavirus cases now in JC
Jennings County now has three diagnosed cases of the novel coronavirus COVID-19, the Indiana Department of Health reported Wednesday.

We thought it would be useful to explain the two technical terms that prompted Gov. Eric Holcomb this week to order the closing of all nonessential businesses in the state and asked people to do "social distancing."

Social distancing is when people voluntarily keep their distance from other people to avoid catching a disease. It also involves good hygiene practices (see sidebar).

Flattening the curve is delaying the onset of disease and thus conserving the use of equipment that is in limited supply. It's keeping the medical need for ventilators, medical supplies and personnel low enough to meet demand for them in your area.

Social distancing is practiced to delay the development of new cases. By delaying new cases, it prevents a state or region from having too many cases at once in areas at a time where there may not be enough lifesaving equipment and health care workers.

COVID-19 is a contagious disease. A person infected with it will typically infect roughly four additional people. COVID-19 is more infectious than the flu and results in death more frequently than does the flu. COVID-19 spreads by a healthy person's hands coming into contact with a surface or object with the active virus on it or by being close enough to an infected person (within about six feet) to receive the infected person's respiratory droplets sent into the air by their coughing or sneezing. People on airplanes, in concerts, movie theaters, crowded restaurants, stores and sporting events are usually within six feet of other people. Some of these people may be unknowingly infected.


Wednesday, March 25, 2020

VIRUS Impact Update
Wednesday, March 25, 2020

Tax Date Moved
Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin has announced an IRS ruling that tax day for individuals and businesses is July 15, rather than April 15.
That ruling covers both 2019 tax returns and payments due as well as estimated tax payments.

Monday, March 23, 2020

Eviction, Forclosure proceedings during crisis
With the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic forcing thousands of Hoosiers into financial hardships, Attorney General Curtis Hill asked consumers today to file complaints with the Office of the Attorney General should eviction or foreclosure proceedings initiate or continue during this public health crisis.

Monday, March 23, 2020

Executive Order on the Waiver of Penalties for Delinquent Property Tax Payments in Indiana
Governor Eric Holcomb issued an Executive Order on March 19, 2020 which mandates that all counties waive penalties for delinquent non-escrow property taxes paid within sixty (60) days after May 11, 2020-the May installment due date.

Additionally, the mandate directs the state to work with counties that experience cash flow problems because of the waived penalties. The Department of Local Government Finance ("Department") issued a memorandum to discuss these directives. 

Waiver of Penalties for Late Property Tax Payments 

Monday, March 23, 2020

Holcomb's Actions to Protect Hoosiers
Governor Holcomb took additional actions last week to protect and support Hoosiers during the COVID-19 outbreak with Executive Order 20-05. This order directs multiple state agencies on the expectations of providing support and protection to Hoosiers across the State. The Office of Community and Rural Affairs (OCRA) has therefore been issued the following action item:

Monday, March 23, 2020

TAX Updates
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.

Monday, March 23, 2020

Business gives updates
Monday, March 23, 2020

So far, pets seem to be safe from virus
Monday, March 23, 2020

Public health emergency
The Board of Commissioners on Sunday declared a public emergency for Jennings County because of the COVID-19 crisis.

"This is something that needs to be done," said Matt Sporleder, president of the commissioners. "The risk of doing nothing is too great. It's just common sense."

The order, which went into effect at 8 a.m. Monday, March 23, calls for travel restrictions that permit essential travel only and also calls for the closing of nonessential businesses.

"This is not a lockdown," Sporleder said. "You can still go to get gas, go to work, go to the grocery or drug store as necessary."

For a period of two weeks, only "critical essential" businesses may remain open in the county, according to the ordinance. That includes industries directly or indirectly providing goods or services to combat the coronavirus pandemic.

"We are asking businesses to shut down for two weeks," Sporleder said. "But if you are directlry or indirectly involved in fighting coronavirus, we're not asking you to close. For instance, Webster West makes boxes that are used to ship medical supplies. Decatur Plastic Products makes products needed for hospitals. Places like that obviously need to keep working."

Monday, March 23, 2020

JCSC adjusts with extended closing
With Gov. Eric Holcomb announcing late last week that all K-12 schools will be closed until May, the Jennings County School Corp. is making plans to adjust, said Teresa Brown, superintendent.

Monday, March 23, 2020

State postpones primary election
Indiana has joined several other states that have decided to move their election dates as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.

Monday, March 23, 2020

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