Fishers Health Dept. increases risk rating for COVID-19

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At the Nov. 10 Fishers Board of Health meeting, Public Health Director Monica Heltz presented findings that showed a recent increase in COVID-19 cases in Fishers. Heltz also presented several proposed recommendations to mitigate the spread.

The findings showed that social gatherings are a primary source of spread, according to reports from contact tracers. The COVID-19 infection has a wide footprint across Fishers, with no single concentrated area, and all ages seem to be equally affected. However, the findings also showed that schools seem to be the source of fewer case-to-case transmissions.

The Fishers Health Dept. recommends residents avoid gatherings in homes, workplaces and churches. It encourages all residents to stay home except for essential services, such as school, work, health care and groceries. It encourages residents to utilize curbside delivery, carryout services or home delivery instead of going into stores. Residents should work from home when possible and increase their sanitation protocols. Gyms and retail establishments should have special hours for high-risk individuals, and all school-sponsored extracurriculars are canceled. If there is one positive case in a class, the entire class should be quarantined.

The Fishers Health Dept. also requests there be no bar seating, and no more than eight people at a table in restaurants. Masks must be worn at restaurants until food arrives, but they can temporarily be removed for drinking beverages.

For entertainment facilities, there should be no more than eight in a group in confined spaces. Social gatherings are limited to 10 people maximum indoors and 25 people maximum outdoors. There can be one spectator per participant at sporting events.

For more, visit fishers.in.us/1154/Fishers-Health-Department.


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