Crawford moves to orange as cases increase
By Stephanie Taylor Ferriell, Senior Staff Writer, [email protected]
At the Nov. 17 meeting of the Crawford County coronavirus task force, members discussed the rising number of cases and increased positivity rate, both locally and throughout the state. At the time, Crawford was one of five counties in the state to remain at yellow, the second of four levels of increasing seriousness.
However, that changed.
By mid-week just a single county — Putnam — remained at the yellow designation. Crawford moved to orange, which is what the majority of counties are currently designated.
As of Nov. 19, there had been a total of 250 positive COVID cases in Crawford County and the seven-day positivity rate among unique individuals had reached 19.9%.
An increasing number of counties are reaching red, including Perry and Spencer in southwestern Indiana. There were 21 red counties as of Nov. 19.
On that same date, Mike Key, superintendent of the Crawford Community School Corp., told parents students will engage in virtual learning for the week following Thanksgiving.
At their weekly meeting, task force members talked about what moving to orange would mean for residents.
Environmental health specialist Eric Satterfield said social gatherings are now limited to 50 people (down from 100) and the number of people allowed to attend athletic events at schools is reduced. Funeral services are still allowed, as are weddings, but receptions must not exceed the reduced number.
“The bad thing is, once you’re a color you have to go down (in numbers) for two weeks before you can progress to a better level,” Satterfield said. “It can be a long process.”
One big change, he said, is that all businesses are required to post signs stating masks are required.
“If it’s a public business, they’re required to have it,” Satterfield said.
Non-compliance by those establishments that are licensed could result in a license being revoked.
“They can, if they want, go to that extreme. … That is an option,” Satterfield said.
Task force members said while most businesses are following guidelines, a few are not. Satterfield said at this point, anyone not following mandates is doing so willfully.
“I don’t know what the answer is,” he said. “There’s not a person out there that doesn’t know they’re supposed to be wearing a mask in public. It’s not because they don’t know.”
COVID test sites throughout county
There are several options for Crawford County residents who want to be tested for COVID-19.
Drive-thru testing is available at Patoka Family Healthcare in English. Call Jennifer Schaeffer, nurse practitioner, at 812-338-2924 to register.
Dr. Curtis Thill’s office, off S.R. 66 in Marengo, is also offering testing. COVID testing can be conducted as part of an office visit. The office is accepting new patients. Call 812-365-3221 for more information.
Drive-thru testing is also offered near Ramsey (follow signs when you turn south off S.R. 64) and in Corydon (off S.R. 337 at the May & Joe Rhoads Memorial Pool site).
Residents may also call the Indiana State Department of Health for additional testing sites. The number is 1-888-634-1116.