Covid-19 (Coronavirus) Health Information

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County based measures and restrictions   Effective Nov 15 - Dec 12

Per Executive Oder 20-48*    

  • Indiana COVID County Color Metrics (PDF)
    1. Blue Zone:  community spread is low
    2. Yellow Zone: community spread is moderate
    3. Orange Zone: community spread is approaching high
    4. Red Zone: community spread is HIGH

Read Full Documents  Executive Order 20-48 (PDF)

*Additional measures and restrictions may be ordered by the Hamilton County Health Officer to lower the transmission of communicable disease transmission.

Executive Order Items

  • Face Coverings: required for all Hoosiers, unless applicable exemption.
  •  Social Distancing: must be maintained, 6ft in all directions. (Rule of thumb minimum 36 sq. ft. per person open space needed)
  • High Risk  and Vulnerable urged to self-protect from exposure including limiting long trips
  • All Businesses must develop COVID-Response plans
    • Employers comply with IOSHA standards to prevent the exposure or spread of disease 
    • Compliance with social distancing requirements established by the CDC, including maintain six feet social distancing for both employees and members of the general public when possible and/or employing other separation measures such as wearing face coverings or using barriers when social distancing is not possible.
  • Social Gatherings and Events.   It is recommended that social gatherings and events be postponed or cancelled.   However, if the event or social gathering cannot be canceled the host must ensure that social distancing requirements can be achieved and maintained, face coverings are worn, and sanitation methods are implemented.  
    • When venue can not be cancelled or  exceeds the the gathering limit, the Venue owner, host or organizers are required to submit a written safety plans that outlines the steps to mitigate the spread of COVID19.*

Hoosiers are encouraged to continue to take self protective measures including avoiding large crowds, gatherings, events, or locations where others prevent self protective measures from being effective.

Full Executive Order and Industry Guidance can be found on Back on Track Indiana Website: https://backontrack.in.gov/2348.htm

*Additional measures and restrictions may be ordered by the Hamilton County Health Officer to lower the transmission of communicable disease transmission.

COVID Public Health Plans for Special Events

Social Gatherings and Events   

It is recommended that social gathering and events be postponed or cancelled.   

  • However, if the event or social gathering cannot be canceled the host must ensure that social distancing requirements can be achieved and maintained, face coverings are worn, and sanitation methods are implemented.  
    • When venue can not be cancelled or  exceeds the the gathering limit, the Venue owner, host or organizers are required to submit a written safety plans that outlines the steps to mitigate the spread of COVID19.*

The Hamilton County Health Department is assisting in the review of COVID Safety Plans for special events and gatherings based on the current Executive Order.   The Health Department has established a plan review team to review plans based on the criteria set forth in the state Executive Orders. Please use the Event Contact Form for submitting contact information and attaching a COVID public Health Safety Plans.  

A Plan review checklist has been established for review consistency.  Please use this a tool to self-check submitted plans which include or exceed the items in the checklist.   COVID safety plan checklist 

The health department has established an email Healtheventplan@hamiltoncounty.in.gov for special event organizer questions.

Read Full Documents  Executive Order 20-48 (PDF)

*Additional measures and restrictions may be ordered by the Hamilton County Health Officer to lower the transmission of communicable disease transmission.

Hamilton County Food Pantries

Our public health partner,  Hamilton County Harvest Food Bank has provided and updated list of food pantries to help families know where, when, and what they need to do to find food in Hamilton County during these extreme times.    All of the pantries listed have consented to being included on this public resource.   Additions/updates will be provided by Hamilton County harvest,  questions can be emailed to hamiltoncountyharvest@gmail.com..

See full list of Hamilton County Food Pantries (PDF)

Show Some Class Keep Kids in School message campaign

The Hamilton County Health Department has partnered with area school districts to launch an educational campaign designed to keep kids in school. Called “Show Some C.L.A.S.S Keep Kids in School,” the campaign outlines five basic rules families should follow to help keep children healthy and in the classroom.

  • C – Check your child’s temperature every morning before sending them to school.
  • L – Lead by example. Let your child see you wearing a mask and modeling good social distancing.
  • A – Avoid large gatherings. Slumber parties, carpools, and birthday parties are discouraged.
  • S – Schedule a test if you or someone in your family exhibits signs of COVID-19.
  • S – Stay home until you receive your test results or if you are not feeling well.

CDC Preventive Measures

The Hamilton County Health Department follows the established recommendations established by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Indiana State Department of Health.  Please use following these recommendations to protect yourself and others from transmitting this virus.