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Monroe County Health officials keep Covid-19 protocols in place



BLOOMINGTON – Monroe County officials said in a COVID-19 press conference Friday, that the county’s social distancing and mask requirements will remain in place until May 28.

Monroe County will continue to have a gathering limit of 50 people and Bloomington’s 15 people social gathering limit will remain in place.

“Starting this week we see signs of concerns. Right now we are not getting better. We are indeed backsliding measurable in this pandemic. It is like we have seen this movie and seen the same mistakes before. I don’t believe we should be loosening and relaxing at the state level while we are in this race between vaccines and variance and right now the race is not going as we want. At the state level, both the positivity rate and daily case average are rising measurably in the last few weeks,” said Mayor John Hamilton. “We are not going the right direction and it is important to take steps in the right direction.”

Penny Caudill, Monroe County Health Department Administrator, reported the rolling daily average cases in Monroe County now is over 30 per day. Monroe County has been at Indiana’s yellow advisory level for the past two weeks after previously being in blue.

“We have come so far,” Caudill said. We want to keep moving forward and we can by standing on our prevention measures. With these measures, we are hoping to see a plateau, but it is way too early to say that is actually happening.”

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