County moves to blue designation
By Stephanie Taylor Ferriell, Senior Staff Writer, [email protected]
Crawford County last week moved to blue, the lowest of the four advisory levels designated by the state. That means both the number of positive cases and the positivity rate have been improving for the prior two-week period.
Many of the neighboring counties also moved to blue, including Dubois, Orange and Perry.
As of Feb. 24, Crawford County’s positivity rate was 3.7% over the previous seven days. There were 56 new cases in that time period.
As of March 1, there have been a total of 907 positive COVID-19 cases in Crawford County. The total number of deaths remains at 13.
The Crawford County Health Department began administering vaccines again early last week.
As of March 1, 1,195 county residents have received their first dose of the vaccine. That number includes residents who received their vaccine elsewhere as well.
According to the state website, 647 residents have been fully vaccinated.
The Crawford County Coronavirus Task Force had its monthly meeting Feb. 23.
Emergency Medical Services director Tim Farris said while the ambulance run volume is a little above average for this time of year, “we’re hearing less and less about COVID cases.”
Emergency Management Agency director Aaron Bye said case numbers and positivity rates are continuing to decline statewide.
“We’re on the right track. … ” he said. “It’s a huge step from where we were a month and a half ago.”
Bye cautioned residents, however, to remain vigilant.
“Don’t forget where we were a few months ago and turn it around to where we’re back where we don’t want to be. … ” he said. “Things are looking fairly well as long as we can stay on the right track.”
Morton Dale, the board of commissioners’ representative, agreed.
“What we’ve got to be careful of is continuing to be vigilant about what is going on around us and what we’re doing,” he said.
Both Bye and Dale urged residents to continue following guidelines set forth by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention regarding facial masks, hand washing and social distancing.
Dale noted the Crawford County Judicial Complex will continue to be closed to walk-in traffic. Those having business with a county government office should conduct business by email or phone, or make an appointment.
“It’s working,” he said. “There’s no sense in jumping the gun. We’ve erred on the side of safety from the beginning.”