Taking precautions

Steuben County shoppers wear masks earlier this year while shopping because of COVID-19 concerns. LaGrange County next door saw a dramatic rise in cases in two weeks, so the county health department June 15 ordered people to wear masks when out in public where they can't maintain a 6-foot distance from others.

LAGRANGE — The LaGrange County Health Department took a big stepJune 15 in its fit to slow to spread of the coronavirus.

The health department issued a news release announcing it is now requiring people to wear a face mask in public and private spaces where social distancing is impossible to main.

The health department notice reads: “In Lagrange County, effective immediately, facemasks covering the nose and mouth must be worn in:

1. An indoor areas open to the public, including public transportation and including van transports;

2. An outdoor public area where a distance of 6 feet from individuals outside of their household cannot be maintained; or

3. A private indoor or outdoor area where a distance of 6 feet from individuals outside of their household cannot be maintained.”

The notice goes on to say LaGrange County has seen “a sharp rise in COVID-19 illnesses and our best defense is hand washing, social distancing, and wearing masks. Please do your part in stopping this disease."

Since June 1, LaGrange County has seen the number of local cases of COVID-19 rise from 93 to 277 confirmed cases as of June 14. That is an increase of 184 cases in 14 days.

The health department directed people to visit the federal government’s Center for Disease Control and Prevention website, cdc.gov/coronavirus, for the most up-to-date information about the coronavirus pandemic.

For Indiana specific information, it recommends visiting the state department of health website at coronavirus.in.gov. General questions from the public or health care provider inquiries about COVID-19 may be directed to the ISDH COVID-19 Call Center at the toll-free number of 877-826-0011.

The LaGrange County Health Department said it is continuing to closely monitor the local situation and will issue updates as appropriate.

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