Health Officer’s response to Orange County progressing to red status with COVID-19 cases

ORANGE CO. – COVID-19 has not gone away. To safely go about our daily lives, Orange County residents need to continue or return to some of the precautions learned this past year.

Orange County Health officials are asking residents to wear masks, wash their hands, practice social distancing, and stay home if they are sick.

While Orange County is in red status, please remember that group settings such as schools, sports events, retail venues, restaurants, and movie theaters are places where the virus may spread quickly.

You may see signs that are requiring masks again in certain businesses. Honor those businesses and their rules. Wear a mask when required, follow safety rules for events and gatherings, and wear a mask when you travel. Don’t think you cannot get nor share the virus with others because you feel well. This is not always the case.

Some places will be reinstating stricter rules. These most likely include schools, public transportation, hospitals, long-term care facilities, and government buildings.

All Hoosiers and each and every person within the Hoosier state should take responsibility for their own safety and the health and safety of those around them by taking appropriate preventative measures.

Vaccinations are available at no cost for all, age 12 and up. You can locate a vaccination site by calling 2-1-1 or visiting www.ourshot.in.gov. All three vaccinations (Moderna, Pfizer, and Johnson & Johnson) are available currently at the Orange County Health Department, as well as other sites throughout the county.

Appropriate isolation and quarantining are still needed for some. This is a very vital way of keeping transmission down and keeping the number of cases from rising.

The Orange County Health Department encourages each citizen to please do their part during this new wave of the pandemic.

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