Crawford’s COVID number remains low
By Stephanie Taylor Ferriell, Senior Staff Writer, [email protected]
While the number of positive COVID-19 cases in Crawford County has increased, the county still has one of the lowest rates in both the state and region.
As of Sept. 20, Crawford County broke the 100-mark with a total of 103 confirmed COVID-19 cases. That’s below the total number of cases in any neighboring county.
Perry County has 208 confirmed cases, Dubois has 951, there are 284 cases in Orange County, 259 in Washington County and Harrison County has had 561 confirmed cases. Crawford County has had no deaths from COVID-19.
“It’s an increase, but, compared to surrounding counties and what’s happening across the country, we’re maintaining good,” Morton Dale, president of the board of commissioners, said at the Sept. 15 meeting of the coronavirus task force. “We just need to continue to encourage people to follow the guidelines, to keep their distance and stay safe.”
Emergency Management Agency director Aaron Bye told the task force that signs regarding wearing masks and social distancing had been taken down in the judicial complex. He was informed of the situation by a security guard and said he would see that new signs are placed throughout the building.
Eric Satterfield, environmental health specialist, said the health department received a call from a concerned resident last week. The person was worried he had received a scam call related to COVID-19. The caller identified himself as a contact tracer, but on the resident’s caller ID the number showed up as a personal number.
Satterfield said the state hired individuals to conduct contact tracing; local health departments are no longer involved in that aspect. He said he advised the concerned resident to not give out any personal information if there is any question about the legitimacy of the call.
Satterfield noted if the state does not reach those who tested positive by phone, a letter will be sent.
Anyone who has a question about a call or other COVID-19 matters may call the state health department at 1-877-825-0011 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.