Covid-19 Community Task Force

Covid-19 Community Task Force Information on safety and best practices to keep our Columbus/Bartholomew County community safe from the spread of COVID-19.

Operating as usual

Some helpful tips from Columbus Regional Health.
11/27/2020

Some helpful tips from Columbus Regional Health.

Have questions about #COVID19 testing? We have answers. Follow the ➡️➡️

This year’s Thanksgiving celebration is like no other we’ve experienced in our lifetimes. Many of us will be unable to s...
11/26/2020

This year’s Thanksgiving celebration is like no other we’ve experienced in our lifetimes. Many of us will be unable to share time with loved ones, to welcome our children home, or to invite our neighbors over to share in a meal.

Yet this is a time to give thanks to those for whom we are most thankful. Read the ad that ran in today's The Republic newspaper and join us in thanking all those in our community who are working to keep us safe.

https://covid19communitytaskforce.org/a-special-message/

Columbus Regional Health
11/23/2020

Columbus Regional Health

This #shoppingseason, our local retailers need us more than ever! Many, like those pictured, are making sure their businesses are safe for in-person shopping. In addition many offer contact-free shopping options, from online orders to curbside pick-up. This holiday season, show some love to these independant gems and #shoplocal #shopsafe! 😷🛍

📷 permission and credit thanks to Columbus Area Chamber of Commerce, Indiana and photographer Tony Vasquez

Minash Boutique
Boutique Elise
Viewpoint Books
White River Running Company
Hoosier Sporting Goods

#StaySafeColumbus
11/23/2020

#StaySafeColumbus

#FindOutFriday

COVID-19’s incubation time is 1️⃣4️⃣ days with a median time of 4-5 days from exposure to symptom onset.

97% of persons with COVID-19 who develop symptoms will do so within 11.5 days of infection.

Statement from BCSC re: eLearning after Thanksgiving Break.
11/20/2020

Statement from BCSC re: eLearning after Thanksgiving Break.

𝗕𝗖𝗦𝗖 𝗦𝘁𝗮𝘁𝗲𝗺𝗲𝗻𝘁 𝗥𝗲: 𝗲𝗟𝗲𝗮𝗿𝗻𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝗔𝗳𝘁𝗲𝗿 𝗧𝗵𝗮𝗻𝗸𝘀𝗴𝗶𝘃𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝗕𝗿𝗲𝗮𝗸 𝟭𝟭/𝟮𝟬/𝟮𝟬𝟮𝟬 / 𝗖𝗼𝗺𝘂𝗻𝗶𝗰𝗮𝗱𝗼 𝗱𝗲 𝗕𝗖𝗦𝗖 𝗥𝗲: 𝗲𝗟𝗲𝗮𝗿𝗻𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝗱𝗲𝘀𝗽𝘂é𝘀 𝗱𝗲𝗹 𝗱𝗲𝘀𝗰𝗮𝗻𝘀𝗼 𝗱𝗲 𝗔𝗰𝗰𝗶ó𝗻 𝗱𝗲 𝗚𝗿𝗮𝗰𝗶𝗮𝘀 𝟭𝟭/𝟮𝟬/𝟮𝟬𝟮𝟬

Please see BCSC's statement regarding plans after Thanksgiving Break at www.bcscschools.org

Consulte el comunicado de BCSC sobre los planes después del descanso de Acción de Gracias en www.bcscschools.org

11/18/2020
Wear It

When you drive your car, you buckle up. When you go out in public, wear a mask.

Here are some great tips for events and gatherings that were put together by Columbus Regional Health. Please consider a...
11/18/2020

Here are some great tips for events and gatherings that were put together by Columbus Regional Health. Please consider all the risks when making plans for upcoming holiday events and gatherings. Help us #StopTheSpreadOfCOVID!

This is the year of making tough decisions for the greater good of those you love and the community.💕 #playitsafe #thanksgiving2020

Download flyers for your business and graphics for your social media pages on our new "Mask Up Columbus" page.
11/16/2020
Mask Up Columbus

Download flyers for your business and graphics for your social media pages on our new "Mask Up Columbus" page.

Mask usage has been proven to limit the spread of COVID-19. Let's remind everyone to protect our great community. Use these flyers at your business or to show support in your workplace. Flyers Download "Protect our Community" Flyer Download "Face Mask Required" Flyer Download "Protect Healthcare" Fl...

A reminder to all - please wear a mask when visiting stores and public spaces.
11/15/2020

A reminder to all - please wear a mask when visiting stores and public spaces.

Columbus Regional Health implements visitor restrictions on hospital campushttps://covid19communitytaskforce.org/columbu...
11/13/2020
Columbus Regional Health implements visitor restrictions on hospital campus

Columbus Regional Health implements visitor restrictions on hospital campus

https://covid19communitytaskforce.org/columbus-regional-health-implements-visitor-restrictions-on-hospital-campus/

With the best interests of our patients and workforce in mind, Columbus Regional Health announces restrictions on visitation to the hospital campus. Effective beginning Saturday, November 14, 2020, visitors are allowed only under the following special circumstances or categories: For inpatients and....

City Buildings to Close November 16 Due to COVID IncreasesDue to the recent spike in COVID cases in Bartholomew County a...
11/13/2020
City Buildings to Close November 16 Due to COVID Increases

City Buildings to Close November 16 Due to COVID Increases

Due to the recent spike in COVID cases in Bartholomew County and Indiana, and the push to do everything possible locally to help the situation, most city buildings will be closed to the public beginning Monday, November 16 – through Sunday, November 29.

City officials will revisit this decision based on what happens over the next two weeks as we go into December, as we review the level of community spread throughout the county.

Learn more at https://covid19communitytaskforce.org/city-buildings-to-close-november-16-due-to-covid-increases/

Due to the recent spike in COVID cases in Bartholomew County and Indiana, and the push to do everything possible locally to help the situation, most city buildings will be closed to the public beginning Monday, November 16 – through Sunday, November 29. City officials will revisit this decision ba...

A reminder that today (Saturday, November 7, 2020) Bartholomew County has moved back to Stage 4.5 Learn more here:https:...
11/07/2020
Bartholomew County Health Department Letter to Businesses re: Stage 4.5

A reminder that today (Saturday, November 7, 2020) Bartholomew County has moved back to Stage 4.5

Learn more here:
https://covid19communitytaskforce.org/bartholomew-county-health-department-letter-to-businesses-re-stage-4-5/

The Bartholomew County Health Department has issued the letter below in response to the announcement to move Bartholomew County back to Stage 4.5 in response to recent increases in COVID-19 cases in the county.   Stage 4.5 Guidelines Refresher Download a copy of the letter (PDF)

Announced this morning - county moving back to Stage 4.5 of reopening plan. The Republic newspaper has the details.
11/06/2020
Bartholomew County moves back to Stage 4.5 in reopening plan

Announced this morning - county moving back to Stage 4.5 of reopening plan. The Republic newspaper has the details.

COLUMBUS, Ind. -- Bartholomew County Health Officer Dr. Brian Niedbalski announced at a press conference this morning that he is moving the county back to Stage 4.5 in the governor's reopening plan due to a surge in COVID-19 cases locally. The announcement came with further details about BCSC's move...

We're only 1 day away! If you have little ghouls and goblins in your home, they are probably getting pretty excited abou...
10/30/2020

We're only 1 day away! If you have little ghouls and goblins in your home, they are probably getting pretty excited about the prospect of trick-or-treating.

How safe is it to go trick-or-treating? The CDC is recommending that kids and families practice some safety practices this year to reduce the risk of spreading COVID-19 in the community.

http://covid19communitytaskforce.org/steps-to-take-when-trick-or-treating

10/30/2020

The COVID-19 Community Task Force’s responsibility is to monitor and report data related to the spread of the virus in Bartholomew County. Data interpretation and use in decision making is up to individual organizations.

For questions involving individual organizations and their decision-making process, we advise directing specific question to that organization, so they can best address its specific decision-making process and the factors considered.

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The BCSC metrics are not currently being accurately reported by the task force. BCSC established metrics on positives per 100K residents. You are currently reporting absolute #'s. Bartholomew County has roughly 80K residents, so the absolute # under-reports by about 20% relative to the actual school system metric. The school system is sending parents to this website - it would be helpful to report the metrics they committed to.