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July 4, 2020

The Indiana State Department of Health reports the number of confirmed cases in Jennings as of Wed-nesday morning stood at 169, 5 more than last week with 1519 people tested. Deaths are now at 10.
Wednesday, July 1, 2020

COVID-19 Update
Wednesday, June 24, 2020

Coronavirus claims 5 more as spread continues
Jennings County Health Department announced Friday that over the past 10 days, there have been five new deaths related to the novel coronavirus. All were adults from Jennings County.

Wednesday, June 24, 2020

Help available for farmers, and producers who have been impacted by COVID
Local farmers and agricultural producers directly impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic can apply for financial assistance through the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Coronavirus Food Assistance Program, according to State Rep. Jim Lucas (R-Seymour).

Wednesday, June 17, 2020

COVID-19 update
The Indiana State Department of Health reports the number of confirmed cases in Jennings as of Wednes-day morning stood at 142, nine more than last week with 854 people tested. Deaths remain at 4.
Wednesday, June 17, 2020

COVID-19 Update
The Indiana State Department of Health reports the number of confirmed cases in Jennings as of Wednes-day morning stood at 133, two more than last week with 741 people tested. Deaths remain at 4.
Wednesday, June 10, 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

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

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

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

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