Allen County Officials Lift Prior Restrictions to reflect County’s Orange Status

Update: January 27, 2021

Allen County health officials announced Wednesday, January 27 that local public health restrictions are once again lifted since the county remained in the state’s orange advisory level the past two weeks.

“While we are still experiencing widespread transmission of the virus, we are encouraged by the current trajectory of cases and hospitalizations in Allen County,” said health commissioner Dr. Matthew Sutter. “As we work to get more of our community vaccinated, we ask everyone continue using caution and practice all the measures that help slow the spread of COVID-19.”

Restrictions outlined in the local public health order on bars, restaurants and gyms while the county was in the state’s red advisory level are lifted effective immediately. Establishments must still adhere to all other masking and social distancing requirements outlined in the Gov. Eric Holcomb’s executive order, which was updated Wednesday.

The local public health order is set to expire Jan. 31, 2021. Health department officials will review local data prior to the expiration to determine if an extension of local restrictions is necessary. The full order can be found at www.allencountyhealth.com/covid-19.

The full local order and links to the state’s guidelines can be found at www.allencountyhealth.com/covid-19.

Source: Allen County Department Of Health

Gov. Holcomb Renews Public Health Emergency, Signs New Executive Order

Update: January 28, 2021

Source: The Office of Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb

Gov. Eric J. Holcomb today signed Executive Order 21-02 to adjust the targeted restrictions for counties that have high levels of COVID-19.

He also signed Executive Order 21-03 to extend the public health emergency an additional 30 days.

“We are not out of the woods. The steps we have been taking to reduce the spread must continue, especially wearing a face covering and maintaining social distancing,” Gov. Holcomb said. “As we’ve experienced before, trends that look promising can shift very quickly, and we will continue to monitor what is happening with positivity, deaths, and cases per capita, as we have done since the start of the pandemic.”

The Indiana Department of Health has established a color-coded county map that measures weekly cases per 100,000 residents and the seven-day positivity rate for all tests completed. Each county is assigned a color based on the average scores for the two metrics. Restrictions are assigned based on the map, which is updated each Wednesday at www.coronavirus.in.gov.

Click here for an in-depth description of the requirements for all Hoosiers and targeted restrictions for counties: https://www.in.gov/gov/files/Feb-1-to-Feb-28-Coronavirus-Response-Requirements.pdf

Among the adjusted requirements are:

Red: The county has very high positivity and community spread. When a county is in the Red metric, these requirements remain in effect until the metric has returned to Orange or lower for two weeks.

  • The overall size of a social gathering or event is strongly recommended to be limited to 25 people.
  • If the venue owners, hosts or organizers have a written safety plan submitted to the local health department, social gatherings and events are limited to 25 percent of a facility capacity.

Orange: The county’s community spread is approaching high levels. These requirements are in effect when a county reaches the Orange metric and remain until a county moves to Yellow or Blue for two straight weeks.

  • The overall size of a social gathering or event is strongly recommended to be limited to 50 people.
  • If the venue owners, hosts or organizers have a written safety plan submitted to the local health department, social gatherings and events are limited to 25 percent of a facility capacity.

Yellow: The county has moderate community spread. These requirements are in effect when a county reaches the Yellow metric and remain until a county moves to Blue for two straight weeks.

  • The overall size of a social gathering or event is strongly recommended to be limited to 100 people.
  • If the venue owners, hosts or organizers have a written safety plan submitted to the local health department, social gatherings and events are limited to 50 percent of a facility capacity.

Blue: The county has low community spread.

  • The overall size of a social gathering or event is strongly recommended to be limited to 250 people.
  • If the venue owners, hosts or organizers have a written safety plan submitted to the local health department, social gatherings and events are limited to 100 percent of a facility capacity.

Face coverings are required for all Hoosiers. Businesses of all types are required to place clearly visible signs at their public and employee entrances notifying all that face coverings are required.

All customers in restaurants and bars are required to be seated. Tables, counters, or other seating arrangements must be spaced six feet apart.

Executive Order 21-02 goes into effect Monday and runs until Sunday, Feb. 28. Local governments may impose more restrictive guidelines.

Click here to see the executive order: https://www.in.gov/gov/governor-holcomb/newsroom/executive-orders/

Update: December 31, 2020

Governor Eric J. Holcomb today signed Executive Order 20-52 to extend the public health emergency an additional 30 days. He also signed Executive Order 20-53 to continue the targeted restrictions for counties that have high levels of COVID-19. The order issued on December 10, 2020 is below.

Click here to see the executive orders: https://www.in.gov/gov/2384.htm

Update: December 10, 2020

Source: The Office of Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb

Governor Eric J. Holcomb today signed Executive Order 20-50 to curtail elective in-patient surgeries and implement targeted restrictions for counties that have high levels of COVID-19.

Local governments may impose more restrictive guidelines.

Click here to see the executive order: https://www.in.gov/gov/2384.htm

A Quick Contact Guide for Coronavirus Information

Please Note: if you are concerned about a friend or family member’s well-being and/or mental status based on conversations you’ve had with them, encounters you have experienced, or what they posted on their social media accounts, FIRST, dial 911 in an emergency and then contact the social media outlets directly.

Local and Regional Coronavirus resources

Allen County Department of Health

Hotline: (260) 449-4499, Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Website: https://www.allencountyhealth.com/get-informed/covid-19/

Indiana Department of Health Coronavirus Hotline

Hotline: 1-877-826-0011 (open 8 a.m. ET-Midnight ET seven days a week)

Website: https://www.in.gov/coronavirus/

Mental Health Resources

Park Center – Fort Wayne, IN

Crisis Hotline: 800-552-0985

Website: http://www.parkcenter.org/

Northeastern Center, Inc. – Kendallville IN

Crisis: 800-790-0118

Website: http://www.necmh.org/

Otis R. Bowen Center for Human Services, Inc. – Warsaw, IN

Phone: 574-267-7169

Website: http://www.bowencenter.org/

Resources from NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness)- A List curated by NAMI of Fort Wayne:

https://www.namifortwayne.org/local-resources

State and National Resources

Indiana

Indiana Department of Health:

Hotline: 1-877-826-0011 (open 8AM-8PM ET)

Website: https://www.in.gov/coronavirus/

Ohio

Ohio Department of Health

Hotline: 1-833-4-ASK-ODH (1-833-427-5634)

Website: https://coronavirus.ohio.gov/wps/portal/gov/covid-19/

National

CDC (Centers for Disease Control)

Hotline: 1-800-232-4636

Website: https://www.coronavirus.gov/

Mental Health Resources

From the National Institute of Mental Health:

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
Call 1-800-273-TALK (8255); En Español 1-888-628-9454
The Lifeline is a free, confidential crisis hotline that is available to everyone 24 hours a day, seven days a week. People who are deaf, hard of hearing, or have hearing loss can contact the Lifeline via TTY at 1-800-799-4889.

Crisis Text Line
Text “HELLO” to 741741
The Crisis Text hotline is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week throughout the U.S. The Crisis Text Line serves anyone, in any type of crisis, connecting them with a crisis counselor who can provide support and information.

Veterans Crisis Line
Call 1-800-273-TALK (8255) and press 1 or text to 838255
The Veterans Crisis Line is a free, confidential resource that connects veterans 24 hours a day, seven days a week with a trained responder. The service is available to all veterans, even if not registered with the VA or enrolled in VA healthcare. Veterans who are deaf, hard of hearing, or have hearing loss can call 1-800-799-4889.

Disaster Distress Helpline
Call 1-800-985-5990 or text “TalkWithUs” to 66746

The disaster distress helpline provides immediate crisis counseling for people who are experiencing emotional distress related to any natural or human-caused disaster. The helpline is free, multilingual, confidential, and available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

The National Alliance on Mental Illness Hotline: 1-800-950-NAMI (6264)

Learn about our Local Weekly Shows…

CORONAVIRUS: A Live Community Forum

Click or tap on this link or the image at left to choose from all the episodes in this series, by date originally broadcast.

The conversation and call-ins continued Friday evenings at 7:00pm with local experts such as Dr. Deborah McMahan, Commisioner, Allen County Department of Health, Dr, Jay Fawver, psychiatrist and host of Matters of the Mind, plus other area medical and community leaders. This one-hour special program  aired during March, April and the first week of May 2020.

The programs also featured a phone bank comprised of health care professionals assisting viewers with questions when they call in during each week’s live broadcast.

CORONAVIRUS: A Mental Health Roundtable

Dr. Jay Fawver hosted CORONAVIRUS: A Mental Health Roundtable, special editions of Matters of the Mind Mondays at at 7:30pm on PBS Fort Wayne during March and April 2020.

Dr. Fawver, along with other regional mental health experts — including Dr. Siquilla Liebetrau, a licensed clinical psychologist at the Bowen Center in Warsaw and Dr. Matthew L. Runyan a psychiatrist in Fort Wayne, affiliated with Parkview Regional Medical Center — continued the discussion about how the COVID-19 Pandemic can affect mental health.  New suggestions, coping strategies and resources viewers may access while social distancing or staying at home are part of the discussion in each show.

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CONFRONTING CORONAVIRUS: A PBS NewsHour Special

This special, from PBS NewsHour, focuses on health precautions for individuals and the public at large, as well as the pandemic’s economic impact in both the United States and globally.

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As concern about the coronavirus (COVID-19) global pandemic continues, PBS Fort Wayne presents a collection of programs and resources we produced earlier with timely and relevant information on the spread of the virus.

CORONAVIRUS: A LIVE COMMUNITY FORUM, Friday, a new series that was seen Fridays at 7:00pm on PBS Fort Wayne, was produced live in our studio and features conversations with Allen County Health Commissioner Dr. Deb McMahan, Dr. Jay Fawver, plus other local medical and community leaders. Local viewers also have the opportunity to call in questions to a phone bank of health care professionals. during each live broadcast.

CORONAVIRUS: A Mental Health Roundtable, which aired Monday evenings at  7:30pm, was hosted by Dr. Jay Fawver (host of Matters of the Mind) discussing how the COVID-19 Pandemic can affect mental health. The show features other regional mental health experts offering suggestions, coping strategies and tips for viewers on where to find resources to help them through this crisis.

CONFRONTING CORONAVIRUS: A PBS NEWSHOUR SPECIAL aired earlier this year and featured interviews with officials and a virtual town hall with curated questions from across the nation.