The Porter County
Commissioners are urging residents to remain vigilant to slow the
transmission of COVID-19, amid a spike in new cases and hospitalizations.
“The recent spikes
in identified COVID-19 cases understandably have many Porter County
residents concerned,” the Commissioners said in a statement released this
morning. “Since the reopening of Porter County government offices, the Board
of Commissioners has led by example by instituting practices to reduce the
risk of transmission to our citizens and employees. Temperature screening
takes place at each building and anyone whose temperature exceeds CDC
guidelines will not be allowed to enter. Every member of the public will be
required to wear masks while inside county buildings. The County Facilities
Department will continue the enhanced cleaning of the public/common areas
with disinfectant and antiviral cleaning products, as available. Hand
sanitizer, hand sanitizer stations, and disinfecting wipes shall be provided
throughout the public/common areas of the county buildings and to each
department, as available.”
are required to wear masks in any public/common spaces within any county
building, and the county highly recommends that all employees wear a face
mask at all times while at work,” the statement noted. “Sneeze guards have
been installed in each office that has a customer service counter. County
employees shall be either behind a sneeze guard or wear a mask when dealing
with a citizen. On a daily basis, employees are required to complete a
questionnaire regarding travel and symptoms of or exposure to COVID-19.
Based on the information provided in the questionnaire, the employee may be
sent home. Each day, each employee’s temperature is taken and recorded
before entering their workspace. If the employee’s temperature meets or
exceeds the current CDC guidance, the employee will be sent home. Employees
are also encouraged to stay home if they are feeling sick.”
implemented all of the safeguards possible to assure the safety of our
citizens and employees,” said Commissioner Jim Biggs, R-North. “As with many
challenges, the antidote to fear is preparation. The overall goal is
limiting preventable spread of COVID-19, so we can keep the rate of
infections manageable to minimize the chance of severe complications that
could overburden our healthcare system and result in loss of life.”
“Our citizens can
be safer by being more vigilant in managing the risk of unknowingly
spreading the virus,” said Commissioner Laura Blaney, D-South. “Taking
precautions is essential and we urge our residents and local businesses to
follow CDC and Health Department recommendations.”
recommendations include the following:
-- Wear a mask when
away from home.
-- Do not
congregate in small or large groups, especially without a mask.
-- Stay at home,
except to engage in permitted activities.
-- Stay at least
six feet away from others, even from those you know and are comfortable
-- Do not invite
people into your home and do not enter other people’s homes.
-- Avoid contact
with people who are sick.
-- Wash your hands
with soap and water, for at least 20 seconds each time.
-- Use hand
sanitizer if soap and water aren’t available.
-- People 65 or
older, or otherwise at increased risk, are encouraged to stay safe at home.