Latest News Archives for 2020-11

Snow chances, amounts increasing

Nearly the entire state will be getting snow all throughout Monday and into Tuesday, according to the National Weather Service in Indianapolis.


The time to especially watch out for snow is in the afternoon and evening.


“That’s where we see the primary travel impacts because that’s when we’ll be seeing temperatures falling below freezing as snow continues to fall,” said Mike Ryan, meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Indianapolis.


Ryan expects the Indy metro area and much of central Indiana to get around an inch through Tuesday.


“But as you go north and east, especially to places like Kokomo and Muncie, those places may see around two to three inches in some spots. As for people further north, they will be seeing lake-effect snow off of Lake Michigan. In fact, if you get up near South Bend and heading towards Valparaiso, they’ll end up seeing around six inches of snowfall,” said Ryan.


As for cities and towns south of Indianapolis, Ryan said there is potential for some snow, but there will be “little to no accumulation.”


The snow will be completely done by Wednesday. High temperatures will be in the 30s and 40s throughout the week.


The National Weather Service urges you to drive at appropriate speeds, allow for extra stopping distances when approaching intersections, and give yourself extra travel time. 

Early Monday morning Shelbyville house fire

A house fire early Monday morning brought out Shelbyville firemen to the 2700 Block of Tammy Sue Drive.


Initial reports indicate the fire started in the chimney and made its way into the attic. No injuries have been reported.



Shelbyville Fire was still on scene into the 5:00 am hour.

Covid, contact tracing scammers reported

Scammers will use pretty much anything to try and dupe Hoosiers into giving up their sensitive information.


Sheriff's deputies in Jennings County say they have been getting calls from people saying that scammers are trying to use contact tracing as a means to scam people.


Chief Deputy David Turner with the Jennings County sheriff's department says scammers are calling or texting Hoosiers posing as sheriff's deputies and telling them to contact trace by calling the county health department. But, they are giving them a fake number to call and then asking the victims lots of questions.


"We've seen quite of few cases of this so far. One lady that complained to us said it was almost a two-hour phone call," he said. "I'm pretty sure they're good at extracting a lot of information."


Turner said the scammers are asking for social security numbers and bank account numbers, which he says should be red flags from the git-go since he's also pretty sure that county health departments are not concerned with those things in order to contact trace for coronavirus.


He said if you get one of these calls, either hang up or ask them to state which department they are with and to identify themselves. Turner also reminds you to check with the Better Business Bureau on how to avoid contact tracing scams.

Sunbeam has recalled 6-Quart Express Crock Multi-Cooker

Sunbeam has recalled more than 940,000 of their 6-Quart Express Crock Multi-Cookers, according to the manufacturer.


The recalled crock-pot can pressurize when the lid is not fully locked and may cause the lid to suddenly detach while the crock-pot is in use, allowing hot food and liquid to eject from the crock-pot and burn the user.


“Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled Crock-Pot in pressure cooker mode, but may continue to use for slow cooking and sautéing,” Sunbeam said. “Consumers should contact Crock-Pot immediately to obtain a free replacement lid.  Consumers who continue using the multi-cooker in pressure cooker mode while waiting for the replacement lid should be certain the lid is securely turned to the fully locked position by aligning the arrow on the lid with the lock symbol on the base.”


The crock-pots were sold in the U.S. at Walmart, Target, and other stores nationwide and on Amazon and other online retailers between July 2017 and Nov. 2020. 


The crock-pots were made between July 1, 2017 and Oct. 1, 2018 with date codes K196JN through K365JN and L001JN through L273JN. The date code is engraved on one of the prongs of the plug and on the bottom of the base.


Sunbeam says it has received 99 reports of burn injuries, ranging in severity from first-degree to third-degree burns.

Unemployment benefits scam

A growing number of scammers are using other people’s identities to claim unemployment benefits, according to Indiana Attorney General Curtis Hill.


The scammers are stealing personal information such as birthdates, Social Security numbers, and home addresses and routing payments to accounts over which the scammers have control.


“These deceivers steal the identities of others, who are generally employed, in order to file fraudulent claims,” Attorney General Hill said. “If someone uses your name in this fashion, you may learn about it from your employer or from the Indiana Department of Workforce Development, which processes unemployment claims. In many cases, payments may already have been regularly deposited into someone else’s account by the time you learn of the fraud.”


Between Oct. 18 and Nov. 18, the Office of the Attorney General received 157 complaints of unemployment-related identity theft.


Attorney General Hill said scammers appear to be targeting the identities of people they know are busy working during the coronavirus pandemic, such as doctors, nurses, and other healthcare workers.


If you learn that your identity has been stolen and used in a claim for unemployment benefits, you should report it to the Office of the Attorney General, which uses an online form for reporting identity theft. []

Shelby County government to require appointment, call-ahead for entry

Several Shelby County government departments will revert to serving the public via phone, email and appointment only beginning on Tuesday, November 24, 2020 and lasting through January 15, 2021. (tentative)

Our goal is to continue delivering county services while protecting the public health and the health and wellbeing of county employees during this pandemic.

Effective Tuesday, November 24, 2020 please contact the office/department you wish to visit by phone or email, and they will assist you with additional information.

Anyone may call into a county meeting by dialing: 720-712-7964

There is a drop-box located on the South side of the Annex. Please leave any packets/payments inside. This will be checked daily by staff.

Business transactions will continue, and all departments are open. However, you must call-ahead for entry into the Annex Building. This situation is fluid and may be updated or changed at any time.

Please see the list below for all county offices and/or visit our website at .

Assessor: 317-392-6305

Magistrate Court: 317-421-1400
Auditor: 317-392-6310

Plan Commission: 317-392-6338
Circuit Court: 317-392-6360

Probation Department: 317-392-6490
Clerk: 317-392-6320

Prosecutor: 317-392-6440
Community Corrections: 317-392-6492

Public Defender: 317-421-8030
Commissioners: 317-392-6330

Recorder: 317-392-6370
Drug Free Coalition: 317-398-3135

Sheriff (Admin Office): 317-392-6345
Election Officer: 317-392-6324

Soil & Water: 765-544-2051
Emergency Management: 317-392-6308

Superior Court I: 317-392-6350
Extension Office: 317-392-6460

Superior Court II: 317-392-6340
GIS: 317-392-6354

Surveyor: 317-392-6481
Health Department: 317-392-6470

Treasurer: 317-392-6375
Highway Garage: 317-392-6485

Veterans Service: 317-392-6480
Human Resources: 317-398-5537

Weights & Measures: 317-392-6480
Inspectors: 317-392-6480

Youth Assistance Program: 317-421-8141

Update: Explosion injures three at Columbus manufacturer

Three workers were hurt in an overnight explosion at a factory in Columbus.


The Columbus Fire Department was called to Faurecia USA just after 2 a.m. on a report of a fire. 

According to fire investigators, an explosion occurred when a Faurecia employee was filling a propane tank for use by a forklift truck. The exact cause of the explosion is under investigation.


Three Faurecia workers were hurt in the explosion. One person was believed to have serious burn injuries and was taken by helicopter to an Indianapolis hospital. The two other employees were treated at the scene.


Faurecia, which was evacuated prior to the arrival of firefighters, closed operations for the remainder of the morning shift. According to Columbus Fire Department Investigators, modified operations have resumed this morning.


Firefighters were on the scene until almost four a.m.

Explosion at Columbus manufacturer

An explosion overnight in Bartholomew County.


One person was hurt in an explosion at the Faurecia Gladstone plant in Columbus, reports WISH-TV.  That person was taken to the hospital. 


The cause of the explosion is unknown.


The plant makes exhaust systems that go in trucks and other vehicles.

Millions of Hoosiers eligible for money after Equifax settlement

Attorney General Curtis Hill urged Hoosiers to visit and file a claim for a restitution payment in light of the massive 2017 Equifax data breach. 


The last day for Hoosiers to file claims is Dec. 16, but Attorney General Hill said Hoosiers should file their claims as soon as possible.


The Equifax data breach occurred from May 2017 to July 2017 and impacted approximately 147 million Americans, including roughly 3.9 million Indiana residents. The breach compromised Social Security numbers, dates of birth, addresses and, in some cases, driver’s license numbers and credit card information. Attorney General Hill sued Equifax following the data breach and secured a settlement with the company, which agreed to pay the state of Indiana $19.5 million. 


Indiana was one of two states that opted not to participate in a multistate settlement with Equifax in July 2019. Instead, the Office of the Indiana Attorney General opted to file its own lawsuit against the company. As a result, Indiana received more money than any of the states that participated in the multistate settlement, which distributed $175 million among the participating states.


All the nearly 4 million Indiana residents impacted by the data breach are eligible for a portion of the $19.5 million Equifax paid the state of Indiana. Many eligible Hoosiers have yet to file claims on, Attorney General Hill said.


“We structured our settlement with Equifax so that we could give Hoosiers the opportunity to claim money they may have lost due to Equifax’s failure to protect personal information,” Attorney General Hill said. “That money is just waiting to be claimed. Now, it’s up to Hoosiers to visit and secure their rightful portion of the settlement.”


Attorney General Hill encourages all Hoosiers who were Indiana residents between March 2017 and July 2017 to visit and enter the required information to file a claim. You will be able to select whether you would like your payment digitally or in the form of a paper check. Payments will be distributed after the Dec. 16 claim deadline.


Visit for more information about filing a claim and for answers to frequently asked questions about the settlement.

Name released of suspect shot by police in Batesville standoff

The suspect who was shot and killed by law enforcement in Batesville, Indiana on Monday November 16 has now been identified as Joshua D. Evans, age 32.


Batesville Police Officers were called to Evans’ home on Bridlewood Trace Road at approximately 8:00 AM on Monday after he was reported to be acting irrationally, causing the other occupants of the home to fear for their safety.  Officers initially arrived and removed an adult female and three children from the residence.  While officers stood outside the garage of the residence attempting to make contact with Evans, he fired a shot at an officer.  An officer was struck by debris from that shot and received minor injuries.


Numerous officers from multiple agencies responded to the scene.  Evans remained barricaded inside the garage for over three hours.  At one point, Indiana State Police Negotiators made contact with him on the phone and began speaking to him.  At approximately 11:30, Evans fired additional shots from the garage.  Evans soon exited the garage while holding a gun.


Three troopers with the Indiana State Police SWAT Team and an officer with the Greensburg Police Department fired shots during the incident.  Evans was struck by at least one shot.  He was provided with immediate first aid but died as a result of the injuries he sustained.


The investigation by detectives with the Indiana State Police-Versailles District is ongoing.  An autopsy was performed yesterday in Hamilton County, Ohio.  The results of the autopsy and the toxicology results are pending at this time.


The names of the involved officers are not being released at this time.

Service to honor Bartholomew Co. Sheriff K9 Diesel

On Saturday, November 21, a drive-by memorial service will be held in the Fair Oaks Mall parking lot to honor Bartholomew County Sheriff’s Office K9 Diesel. 


The public service will begin at 1:00 p.m. and will end at 3:00 p.m. 


The law enforcement memorial service will begin at 3:00 p.m. and will be live streamed on Sheriff Matt Myers Facebook page. 


This is an outdoor event – social distancing and masks are encouraged. 


More details will be released detailing traffic routes for the service.



Original story

The Bartholomew County Sheriff's Department K9 was killed in the line of duty Saturday.


On November 14, at approximately 4:20 p.m., Bartholomew County Sheriff’s Office K9 Diesel was involved in a foot pursuit, which resulted in his death in the line of duty. BCSO deputies found Diesel laying in the lanes of I-65 where they removed him from the roadway. BCSO’s investigation is ongoing to determine the cause of death. 


The suspect, later identified as Michael Stephens, 36, of Columbus, was apprehended on outstanding warrants as well as additional preliminary charges. He is currently being held in the Bartholomew County Jail on a 48-hour Hold.




  • Count 1: Domestic Battery committed in the presence of a child less than 16 years old – F6
  • Count 2: Domestic Battery committed in the presence of a child less than 16 years old – F6


New Preliminary Charges:

  • Cruelty to a Law Enforcement Animal
  • Resisting Law Enforcement
  • Domestic Battery
  • Intimidation
  • Strangulation


If you or know of anyone traveling yesterday, November 14, on I-65 near the 62 mile marker between 4:00 – 4:30 p.m., and think you / they might have seen something or has additional information, please contact the Bartholomew County Sheriff’s Office and ask to speak with Lt. Chad Swank of the Investigations Division at 812-379-1650.

UPS hiring for the holidays

You may be about to get a lot of packages. UPS needs Hoosiers to help deliver them.


Steve Jones, with UPS marketing says they need to hire 750 people in the Indy metro and two to three thousand people across the state for the holidays.


"Each peak season, UPS's volume basically doubles," said Steve Jones, with UPS talent acquisition. "We look for a number of qualified people to help us deliver the holidays and deliver our peak season."


Jones said the company is looking for warehouse workers to move packages, helpers for the people who drive the brown trucks and people who can drive their own cars to deliver packages. Jones said that in the past three years, 35 percent of the people who work as extra holiday help ended up with full-time jobs.


"I started with UPS 30 years ago as a peak season hire, unloading trailers at 3 o'clock in the morning, and I've had a wonderful career with UPS," said Jones.


Jones said the jobs are safe and UPS workers are considered essential.


"We have physical distancing. We're providing PPE for every one of our employees every day. We have regular cleaning and disinfection of our work areas," he said. "We have implemented touchless deliveries to keep our drivers and our customers safe."


He said is the place to go to apply. Jones said most people who are hired start work within a week of applying.



Indiana State Police investigating officer involved shooting

The Indiana State Police are investigating an officer involved shooting that occurred at a Batesville residence after a nearly four-hour standoff with an armed suspect who had fired at officers.


The incident began at around 8:00 AM when the Batesville Police Department responded to a disturbance at a residence located on Bridlewood Trace Road in Batesville.  Upon arriving at the home, officers were able to get an adult female and three children out of the home.  While an officer was standing outside the garage door attempting to make contact with the man inside, a shot was fired by the suspect in the direction of the officer.  The officer received minor injuries when he was struck by debris caused by the shot.  The officers then set up a perimeter around the residence.

Officers from numerous agencies responded to the scene. 


The Indiana State Police SWAT Team and Hostage Negotiation Team also responded.  Negotiators were briefly able to make contact with the suspect, who lived at the home.  Shortly after 11:00 AM, additional shots were fired by the suspect from inside of the residence.  At approximately 11:30 AM, the suspect exited the garage of the home with a handgun.  Officers fired their weapons, striking him with at least one shot. 


Officers provided immediate medical attention to him. Batesville EMS, which was already on scene, immediately began providing care and transported the man to Margaret Mary Health in Batesville where he passed away as a result of the injuries received. 


Detectives from the Indiana State Police-Versailles Post are leading the investigation into the incident.


The identity of the suspect and the officers involved will be forthcoming.


The autopsy and toxicology results are pending at this time.    

Paving in Shelbyville's downtown this week

Paving of Shelbyville's northbound lanes of State Road 9 through the downtown construction is set for this week.


Mayor Tom DeBaun:



K9 Diesel killed in line of duty in Bartholomew Co.

The Bartholomew County Sheriff's Department K9 was killed in the line of duty Saturday.


On November 14, at approximately 4:20 p.m., Bartholomew County Sheriff’s Office K9 Diesel was involved in a foot pursuit, which resulted in his death in the line of duty. BCSO deputies found Diesel laying in the lanes of I-65 where they removed him from the roadway. BCSO’s investigation is ongoing to determine the cause of death. 


The suspect, later identified as Michael Stephens, 36, of Columbus, was apprehended on outstanding warrants as well as additional preliminary charges. He is currently being held in the Bartholomew County Jail on a 48-hour Hold.




  • Count 1: Domestic Battery committed in the presence of a child less than 16 years old – F6
  • Count 2: Domestic Battery committed in the presence of a child less than 16 years old – F6


New Preliminary Charges:

  • Cruelty to a Law Enforcement Animal
  • Resisting Law Enforcement
  • Domestic Battery
  • Intimidation
  • Strangulation


If you or know of anyone traveling yesterday, November 14, on I-65 near the 62 mile marker between 4:00 – 4:30 p.m., and think you / they might have seen something or has additional information, please contact the Bartholomew County Sheriff’s Office and ask to speak with Lt. Chad Swank of the Investigations Division at 812-379-1650.


"BCSO is currently working on the details for K9 Diesel’s memorial service. There is nothing that we can say to ease anyone’s pain – we are all mourning the loss of Diesel. Diesel’s work has been responsible for countless arrests in our community as well as the constant uplifting of our morale while working on station. We will miss him."

Columbus North cross country trophies among items taken from car

Thieves took items from a broken down vehicle.  Included in the items taken:  two Columbus North cross country championship trophies.


Just before 2:00 pm Wednesday., Bartholomew County Sheriff’s deputies were dispatched to a reported overnight theft. On scene, deputies spoke with the owner of a vehicle who told deputies that he left his vehicle east of the intersection of E Base Rd / N 525 E after being involved in a property damage accident.  When he returned to get his vehicle, the battery, catalytic converter, spare tire and two Columbus North High School Cross Country championship trophies were missing. 


The investigation is ongoing.


“Stealing another’s property is deliberate disregard of other’s property rights”, said Bartholomew County Sheriff Matthew A. Myers.   “This isn’t something that was committed accidently and this meanness needs to stop.”  Stealing two high school trophies is not a prank, it’s theft”.  “Kids work hard for these trophies and they belong to them and the school”, added Sheriff Myers.  “What could these two trophies mean to the person who stole them”?


If you have any information, no matter how seemingly insignificant, please feel free to contact Sheriff Myers directly at:  812-379-1650 or email:

Governor turns to Indiana's coronavirus map with new executive order

There's no "Stage 5" anymore, said Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb.


However, he's signing a new executive order on Sunday that will focus on the state's coronavirus map and the coronavirus restrictions for counties that are "orange" and "red."


So, you'll need to check which color your county is to find out your restrictions.


"We are in the middle of a second surge," he said.


Link to Indiana coronavirus map and dashboard: .


He said that social gatherings will be limited to 50 people in counties that are orange, and 25 people in counties that are red. If you have an event that wants more than that you will have to submit plans and get approval from local health officials.


"Please keep your family gatherings small. Keep them shorter than normal. Limit them to immediate family or a small social 'pod' or gather outside," said Holcomb.


Indoor extracurriculars at schools are also changing. If you are in an orange county activities are limited to 25 percent capacity. Red counties are limited to participants, support personnel, and parents.


Holcomb said they are not closing restaurants and bars, but hours may be restricted depending on what local health departments say, and they will be continuing to require masks.


Hospitals and long-term care facilities may also have limitations on visits.


"This year has been hard. It is going to get harder if we don't commit to...wearing a mask, socially distancing, staying home if you're sick, and washing your hands," said Dr. Kris Box, State Health Commissioner.

New Palestine schools to go virtual immediately

The ongoing Covid-19 pandemic has shut down portions of  the Community School Corporation of Southern Hancock County. 


Effective immediately, classes at New Palestine Junior High, New Palestine Intermediate and New Palestine Elementary have closed and will offer virtual learning. All three schools will be scheduled to return to in-person instruction on Nov. 30. 


The decision comes after a rise in cases at New Palestine Junior High. 


New Palestine Elementary and New Palestine Intermediate will both switch to a virtual learning system, as positive cases are on the rise for both students and staff. 


Not all the schools in the district will be closed, however.


Sugar Creek Elementary and Brandywine Elementary will remain open until further notice.


"At this time, the Covid-19 situation in those buildings does not warrant a closure. We encourage families of students in both schools to be have a plan ready should closures be warranted in the future," said Wes Anderson, community relations and communications director for the district. 

All schools and buildings will be thoroughly cleaned, sanitized and disinfected as part of the district's standard operating procedures. 


Meal pickup will be available for all students at New Palestine High, New Palestine Junior High, New Palestine Intermediate and New Palestine Elementary during the virtual period. 

Fire concerns prompt Ring doorbell recall

Ring is recalling 350,000 video doorbells after reports that some have caught fire.


Ring has received 23 reports of fire involving its second-generation video doorbells, according to the US Consumer Product Safety Commission. At least eight people received minor burns and some property was damaged.


The safety commission says the doorbell battery can overheat and catch fire if incorrect screws are used during installation.


The recalled doorbells were sold in the US between June and October 2020.


You can check to see if your doorbell is part of the recall through Ring's website or app.



FDA to grant emergency use for Eli Lilly antibody therapy

The FDA is granting emergency use authorization for a coronavirus antibody therapy made by Eli Lilly.


Emergency use authorization is not a full approval, but it means the FDA has seen enough evidence to show that it can work.


The drug, bamlanivimab, is meant to treat people with mild to moderate symptoms, but who are at risk of having more serious illnesses. Eli Lilly says research shows the therapy could prevent patients from needing to be hospitalized.


The drug is similar to a treatment President Trump was given when he was hospitalized for the respiratory illness last month.


Eli Lilly has already begun manufacturing the drug. Eli Lilly executives said they could have as many as 1 million doses available by the end of the year. Eli Lilly is headquartered in Indianapolis. 

Cooler temps to blow in by Wednesday

Rain and high winds are expected to move through much of Indiana tonight into early Wednesday morning, according to the National Weather Service in Indianapolis.


Joe Skowronek, meteorologist with the National Weather Service.



Skowronek believes the better chances for strong storms are in western Indiana. 


Much of the state is under a "marginal risk" for severe weather. A marginal risk means isolated severe storms are possible, with the threat of isolated damaging winds, small hail and maybe a tornado. It is the lowest severe weather designation.


There is a possibility that rain returns by the weekend.

Ford Explorers focus of recall

Ford Motor Co. said Wednesday it is recalling about 375,000 Ford Exploers in North America because a part of the rear suspension can break and lead to a crash.


The recall covers some 2013 - 2017 models.


Ford said the recall is necessary because of a "possible fracture of the outboard section of the rear suspension toe link" after a previous recall was completed.


Ford said it knows of at least 13 crashes and six injuries related to the issue.

Johnson Co. teen charged with murder

A teenager from Johnson County has been charged with murder.


According to the Johnson County Prosecutor’s Office, Marcus Salatin, 16, was arrested last Friday for a shooting that killed 15-year-old Kashius Davis and injured a 19-year-old man.


At around 4:45 p.m. on Oct. 30, Johnson County police were called to the Fox Berry Trace subdivision for “shots fired.” That’s near Smith Valley Road and County Road 400 West. When they got there, police found several people in a car who said Salatin shot them. The driver and back seat passenger told police where Salatin lived. Based on that description, Johnson County police were able to find and arrest him.


Court documents say the shooting happened because of an argument between Salatin and Davis. Based on their Snapchat messages, police discovered Salatin repeatedly stole drugs from Davis.

Eventually, the argument got so heated that the two boys decided to meet up at the Fox Berry Trace subdivision for a fist fight. Salatin, however, showed up with a gun, and shot the car with Davis and the 19-year-old man inside.


On Thursday, Salatin was formally charged with Murder and Criminal Recklessness. If convicted on both charges, Salatin could face up to 66 years in prison


Senator Mike Crider wins re-election

Another election, another big win for Indiana State Senator Mike Crider, who coasted to re-election over challenger Theresa Bruno. 


In Hancock County, Crider received 30,545 votes compared to 11,281 for his Democratic challenger. Crider carried Shelby County by an overwhelming majority, as well. 


As the vote totals trickled in, Crider told Giant FM he was happy to be returning to Indianapolis to do work for those in Senate District 28.


"I love the work and enjoy working on issues that help vulnerable people and the victims of crime have a better outcome," Crider said. 


He acknowledged this campaign and election was unlike he had ever seen due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic. 


"This has been a very odd campaign season with Covid severely limiting the opportunities to interact with the public as we usually do. I depended on mailers to remind people of the important issues that I tackle and have had success at," Crider told Giant FM. 


On the topic of Covid-19, Crider said he expects several bills to be introduced related to Covid-19 next session, including a measure aimed at the liability issue for regular businesses and another for medical facilities. 


"And, of course, there will be attempts to limit the executive powers the governor has. As someone that works on homeland security issues, I understand the need for those powers. I think the duration of this pandemic is the issue that might result in limiting those powers unless or until the legislature supports extending the action. That would result in a special session after 30, 60 or 90 days. I think the Governor has done the best he could under the circumstances. My only problem was that all businesses are essential so to say some were not caused issues," Crider said. 


When the new session begins in January, Crider will, again, be working on issues pertaining to mental health treatment, human trafficking and sex crimes. 


"Those issues are quality of life issues that aren't partisan and most of the issues I work on are the same. I will continue to constituents and try to solve problems. In fact, I am most proud that many of my biggest bills like Jenny's Law or Asher's Law have come directly from my constituents," Crider said. 

MHP Covid - 19 update - November 2

  • What is the difference between quarantine and isolation
  • There is confusion regarding who stays home 10 days, who stays home 14 days and who possibly needs to stay home even longer. This will hopefully clear up the confusion. The following are guidelines published by the CDC which workplaces follow.


  • Quarantine keeps someone who might have been exposed to the virus away from others.
  • Isolation keeps someone who is infected with the virus away from others, even in their home.


  • : For those people who test positive for Covid-19 and have symptoms of Covid-19, they may return to work AFTER at least 10 days since symptoms first appeared and


  • At least 24 hours with no fever without fever-reducing medication and
  • Other symptoms of COVID-19 are improving**Loss of taste and smell may persist for weeks or months after recovery and need not delay the end of isolation?


A caveat to the above: If you had a severe illness from COVID-19 (i.e. you were admitted to a hospital and needed oxygen), your healthcare provider may recommend that you stay in isolation for longer than 10 days after your symptoms first appeared (possibly up to 20 days) and you may need to finish your period of isolation at home. If testing is available in your community, your healthcare provider may recommend that you undergo repeat testing for COVID-19 to end your isolation earlier than would be done according to the criteria above. If so, you can be around others after receiving two negative tests results in a row, from tests done at least 24 hours apart. You still must adhere to at least 10 days of isolation.


Isolation: For those who tested positive for COVID-19 but had no symptoms

If you continue to have no symptoms, you can return to work after:

  • 10 days have passed since the date you had your positive test.


Quarantine - People who have been in close contact with someone who has COVID-19 and are not symptomatic.


What counts as close contact? (This assumes you were not wearing proper PPE.)

  • You were within 6 feet of someone who has COVID-19 for a total of 15 minutes or more
  • You provided care at home to someone who is sick with COVID-19
  • You had direct physical contact with the person (hugged or kissed them)
  • You shared eating or drinking utensils
  • They sneezed, coughed, or somehow got respiratory droplets on you

Quarantine at home for 14 days after your last contact with a person who has COVID-19


    • Number of NEW positive results: 20 new positive cases since 10/30/2020
      • Out of the 20 new positive cases, 8 patients required inpatient care and 12 remained outpatient. 



    • Current number of 3rd floor inpatients:  32 and 6 of those patients are in the Critical Care Unit (CCU)
      • Number of available 3rd floor beds: 8
    • Currently, we have 14 inpatients that tested positive 
    • Number of inpatients in the 1st floor ACC unit: 5 with 17 beds available and none of these are patients that have positive or suspected COVID.   


    • Number of total ER patients in last 24 hours: 52 


    • Number of vents currently in use and number of vents available:
      • We have 3 ventilators in use and 4 BiPAP in use, 0 trilogy units are in use.  This leaves us with 14 ventilation units available.  The number of available vents is more than sufficient at this time based on the acuity of our patients and the number of inpatients.  Our availability of ventilation units not a concern at this time.