COVID-19 responses by Bloomington, Monroe County include altered 911 dispatch protocols, emergency funding

On Wednesday, the city of Bloomington and Monroe County continued their efforts to respond to the COVID-19 viral pandemic.

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On Wednesday, Monroe County and the city of Bloomington updated their responses to the COVID-19 pandemic.

No cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed in Monroe County, but testing has been limited.

Based on 193 tests in the state of Indiana, the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases rose to 39 on Wednesday, roughly double the number on March 15, three days earlier.

Highlights from a press release issued by the city of Bloomington early Wednesday afternoon included the creation of a city working group called the Continuity of City Government (COCG) team. It will be led by the city’s deputy mayor Mick Renneisen, and human resources director Caroline Shaw, according to the news release.

Monroe County’s board of commissioners met Wednesday morning and authorized $50,000 worth of emergency COVID-19 relief and made a request for $200,000 more.

The basic message of the city’s press release is that services will be maintained, and city hall will remain open. The city’s press release confirms that earlier-reported consideration by city of Bloomington utilities has resulted in the suspension of water shutoffs. Continue reading “COVID-19 responses by Bloomington, Monroe County include altered 911 dispatch protocols, emergency funding”

Press Release: Local non-profits, businesses, governments launch COVID-19 emergency relief fund, ask for individual support

In a news release issued by the United Way on Tuesday afternoon,
nearly 30 area non-profits, private businesses and governmental units have announced the launch of a fund to support human service needs during the COVID-19 viral pandemic.

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On Tuesday afternoon,  United Way of Monroe County announced the launch of a COVID-19 emergency relief fund.

Tuesday morning, Indiana’s department of health announced a second death due to the COVID-19 pandemic virus and six additional confirmed cases in the state of Indiana. That brings the total confirmed cases in the state to 30, double the number three days ago, with just 159 people tested statewide.

Area response to the COVID-19 pandemic since late last week has included grass roots efforts to organize resources by local activists, among others a Facebook group called Bloomington Mutual Aid for COVID-19. Continue reading “Press Release: Local non-profits, businesses, governments launch COVID-19 emergency relief fund, ask for individual support”

Monroe County declares emergency because of COVID-19, only essential employees on duty

In a press release issued Tuesday morning, Monroe County announced that president of the board of commissioners, Julie Thomas, has invoked her emergency powers under state statute and local code due to the threat of the COVID-19 pandemic virus.

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File photo of Monroe County’s board of commissioners president, Julie Thomas.

The initial declaration of emergency is for seven days, but could be extended.

Also Tuesday morning, Indiana’s department of health announced a second death due to the COVID-19 pandemic virus and six additional confirmed cases in the state of Indiana. That brings the total confirmed cases in the state to 30, double the number three days ago, with just 159 people tested.

For the public in Monroe County, the emergency declaration means they’ll find the county’s physical facilities closed. Anyone who needs to do business with a county department located in the North Showers building, the health building, or in the county courthouse, should call or email the department for further information, according to the press release. Email addresses and phone numbers of county departments are available on the county’s website.

The board of commissioners will hold its regular weekly meeting on Wednesday morning. It’s possible they’ll take action on social services relief funding. Continue reading “Monroe County declares emergency because of COVID-19, only essential employees on duty”