New Public Health Announcement
The Floyd County Health Department has announced the need for closure of Barber Shops, Salons, Spas, Tattoo Parlors, and Nail Salons. There is a high risk of transmission with these facilities. The anticipated closure time is two weeks. However, this may change as circumstances change.
If any information is needed, please contact the Floyd County Health Department, 9812-948-4726, ext. 656. The COVID-19 Hotline number is: 812-981-7610.
Guidance on child cares remaining open/closing in light of COVID-19 pandemic
March 21, 2020
Child care is an essential service. This means that the operations of child care are necessary to continue to support the function of societal operations.
Click here for more information on Child Care Operations
Floyd County Commissioners Declare State Of Emergency
The Floyd County Commissioners have declared an emergency for Floyd County Indiana due to the Coronavirus COVID-19 Pandemic. The Commissioners are working closely with Floyd County Emergency Management, Floyd County Health Officer and all county and city officials during this event.
The emergency declaration will allow Floyd county emergency services, public works, volunteers, humanitarian organizations, and private interest groups to provide emergency assistance to meet immediate human needs and essential services as it arises.
The declaration also allows for funding and resources, on the state and federal level, vital to the recovery effort.
The Floyd County Commissioners would like to remind all of its citizens to continue to follow the Center for Disease Control’s recommendations:
- Wash your hands and avoid touching your face as much as possible
- Practice social distancing and avoid shaking hands or close contact with others
- Disinfect items frequently used or touched regularly. (Follow manufacturer recommendations when disinfecting electronics.)
- Those who think they have come in contact with someone or are showing signs and symptoms of COVID-19 should contact their Primary Care Provider by phone. They will give instructions on what to do.
- Do not go to the hospital without calling and following their procedures. You risk exposing more people than necessary.
Hoarding of household goods and grocery items is not necessary. Stores are restocking shelves as quickly as possible.
They would also remind you to remain calm. Be good neighbors. Check on the elderly and the most vulnerable population with health issues. Call and see if they need any assistance.
Community Foundation Opens Disaster Relief Fund in Response to COVID-19
Duke Energy Foundation Pledges Support
The Community Foundation of Southern Indiana has announced that it is opening its Disaster Relief Fund in response to needs created by the COVID-19 pandemic. Anyone can give to the fund and 100% of the donations will be used to address community needs.
Linda Speed, president and CEO of the Community Foundation said, “Like you, all of us at the Community Foundation of Southern Indiana are thinking of all of the individuals, families, businesses and communities that are being impacted by COVID-19 (Coronavirus). While we still don’t know how this pandemic will impact our community in the long-term, we do know that people are starting to feel the strain today. In response, we felt it was in our community’s best interest to open our Disaster Relief Fund. Doing so allows anyone who wants to help make a tax-deductible gift that will be used to directly address the needs of our community, now and in the foreseeable future.”
Scammers are taking advantage of fears surrounding the Coronavirus
Avoid Coronavirus Scams
Here are some tips to help you keep the scammers at bay:
- Don’t click on links from sources you don’t know. They could download viruses onto your computer or device.
- Watch for emails claiming to be from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) or experts saying they have information about the virus. For the most up-to-date information about the Coronavirus, visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO).
- Ignore online offers for vaccinations. There currently are no vaccines, pills, potions, lotions, lozenges or other prescription or over-the-counter products available to treat or cure Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) — online or in stores.
- Do your homework when it comes to donations, whether through charities or crowdfunding sites. Don’t let anyone rush you into making a donation. If someone wants donations in cash, by gift card, or by wiring money, don’t do it.
Click here for more information and recommendations from the Federal Trade Commission
Indiana eligible for low-interest, federal disaster loans from SBA
Please see the attached SBA disaster assistance news release for Indiana due to the Coronavirus disaster declaration. The U.S. Small Business Administration is offering low-interest federal disaster loans for working capital to Indiana small businesses suffering substantial economic injury as a result of the Coronavirus (COVID-19), SBA Administrator Jovita Carranza announced today. SBA acted under its own authority, as provided by the Coronavirus Preparedness and Response Supplemental Appropriations Act that was recently signed by the President, to declare a disaster following a request received from Gov. Eric J. Holcomb on March 17, 2020.
Update on Floyd County Court Operations
Updated from the Floyd County Circuit and Superior Courts and Magistrate Court
The Judges of the Floyd Circuit and Superior Courts and the Floyd County Magistrate have received an Order from the Indiana Supreme Court on their Petition pursuant to Administrative Rule 17, which was filed in response to the emergency caused by COVID-19. A copy of the Supreme Court Order can be found by clicking here. Pursuant to the Order which gives all of the Floyd County Judges and Magistrate broad discretion on how to handle cases pending in his or her court, the Judges and Magistrate are currently evaluating all cases individually for handling. Thus, if you have a case pending with a hearing date, you must appear in Court unless otherwise notified by the Court. Attorneys and litigants are also encouraged to check the status of individual cases on mycase.in.gov and by contacting the court.