4/7/2020: Total COVID 19 cases in Indiana: 5,507 Total Deaths in Indiana: 173 Total Tested in Indiana 28,764 Randolph County has five confirmed COVID 19 cases. 3 in hospital (one in critical care), 1 recovered, 2 at home, 1 death.
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - April 1, 2020 NECESSARY GUIDELINES FOR RETAIL STORES AND GROCERS. Governor Eric Holcomb has declared a public health emergency for Coronovirus Disease 2019 Outbreak ("COVID-19") pursuant to I.C. 10-14-3-12. Executive Order 20-08 closed certain businesses in Indiana and allowed essential businesses to remain open during the COVID-19 emergency. The Randolph County Commissioners and the Randolph County Health Department through its Health Officer, Dr. Kenneth Sowinski, in furtherance of Executive order 20-08 and I.C. 10-14-3-17 (j) to prevent crowding at retail stores and grocery stores issues the following necessary guidelines that are to be instituted as of Thursday, april 2, 2020, at 5:00 PM:
Social Distancing: 1. Allow no more than 10% of stated fire capacity in the store at a time. Require staff to count the number of customers entering and exiting the store and to enforce those limits. 2. Clearly mark 6' spacing lines and other high-traffice areas and consider ways to encourage if there are lines outside. Consider posting signage or using ropes to direct customers and to loimnit bottlenecks/encourage flow in high-density areas of stores. 3. Designate employees to monitor social distancing and assist customers. 4. Maximize space between customers and employees at checkout.
Cleaning and Sanitation: 5. Deisgnate employee(s) to ensure the cleaning guidelines set by the CC are followed. 6. Discontinue self-serve goods and product sampling.
Limit time in-store, especially for vulnerable populations: 7. Establish exclusive hours for thos in high-risk populations, including seniors. 8. For our larger grocery stores and retailers (those with greater than 25,000 SF), we are encouraging them to offer pickup and/or delivery options.
Signed: Michael Wickersham, Ranolph County Commissioner and Dr. Kenneth Sowinski, Health Officer
Additional Notes from Commissioner Wickersham: First, a retailer or grocer should be able to get their fire code capacity from their fire department and, if not, and if they have not done so already, we ask that the retailer or grocer calculate their store's customer area and limit their customers so that all customers and employees will be able to appropriately social distance. (150 square feet). Second, we shoud alert the public that for most big stores, i.e. Wal-Mart & Aldi, the customer count should ot be exceeded if the public practices their normal shopping habit for essential products.
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