First Jackson County Case of COVID-19 Confirmed

The Jackson County Health Department and Schneck Medical Center have confirmed the first case of COVID-19 involving a Jackson County resident. Schneck notified the Indiana State Department of Health on Tuesday, March 24, of the positive result from a patient receiving medical care at the hospital. The patient is currently in isolation at Schneck Medical Center.
“The first case of COVID-19 in our community reminds us of the vital importance of taking precautions to protect our health and safety,” said Warren Forgey, President/CEO, Schneck Medical Center. “We must continue to work together to prevent the spread of COVID-19.”
Dr. Christopher Bunce, Jackson County Health Officer and Schneck infectious disease specialist, stated, “We understand many in the community are concerned about the spread of COVID-19. Jackson County Health Department will be acting quickly using methods such as contact tracing, quarantine, and isolation for impacted individuals to reduce the risk of illness in Jackson County.”
The Jackson County Health Department will follow protocols to conduct the investigation which includes reaching out to people who have been in close contact with the patient and will assess for symptoms and quarantine and monitor appropriately.
Most cases of COVID-19 are mild and require sick individuals only to remain at home and minimize the spread of virus while they recover. For the most up-to-date information on how to protect yourself and what to do if you are ill, visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website:
If you feel you have been exposed to the virus or have concerning symptoms, call the Schneck Coronavirus Hotline at 812-524-4266, 24 hours per day, 7 days per week.

Scott County, Schneck Medical Center Confirm First COVID-19 Cases

BREAKING: Late Sunday afternoon the Indiana State Department of Health reported that a Scott County resident has died with the coronavirus. According to ISDH, the deceased had underlying health issues.

The Scott County Health Department, this past Friday, confirmed the first case of coronavirus in a Scott County resident. The patient is currently in quarantine at their residence.

On Saturday, Schneck Medical Center its first confirmed case in a patient who is not a Jackson County resident. The patient, who was receiving medical care at the hospital, is currently in isolation at Schneck, hospital officials said.

Officials said the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Indiana State Department of Health were involved in making the determinations.

“Scott County is working closely with the state health department to identify any close contacts of the patient who might have been ex- posed to ensure that appropriate precautions are taken in accordance with the lat- est CDC guidance,” said Scott County health nurse Brittany Combs. “At this time the risk to the public is believed to be low.

“The local health department has been preparing for weeks to ensure that we have the resources and systems in place to limit or prevent the spread of COVID-19 in Scott County,” said Dr. R. Kevin Rogers, Scott County health officer. “We are taking every step possible to identify the cause of this individual’s illness and en- sure that the patient and our community stay healthy.”

“Schneck is prepared. We are well-trained in every precaution and the use of personal Protective equipment,” said Warren Forgey, President/CEO of Schneck Medical Center. “We are following the appropriate protocols set for by the CDC and ISDH to prevent exposure to other patients and our healthcare staff.

Symptoms of novel coronavirus include fever, cough and shortness of breath. Like influenza, human coronavirus is mostly spread from an infected person to others through

•Respiratory droplets released into the air by coughing and sneezing;

•Close personal contact, such as touching or shaking hands;

•Touching an object or surface with the virus on it, then touching your moth, nose or eyes before washing your hands; and

The best way to protect yourself from any respiratory illness is to:

•Wash your hands often with soap & water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.

•Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.

•Avoid contact with others

•Stay at home if you are or feel sick.

•Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.

Coronavirus Closes Government Offices To Public

All government offices in Jackson & Scott County are closed to the public due to the emergency declaration made by Gov. Eric Holcomb concerning the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic. Jackson County offices are closed at least through April 15; Scott County offices are closed until further notice.
The public may still conduct business with the county through phone.
In person appointments must be scheduled by phone or email, but must be approved by the officeholder. Commissioners from both counties are asking that the public postpone non-essential business until later.
Officials also are encouraging the public to follow guidelines distributed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and update themselves on those often, as guidelines change rapidly.
Town and city halls have closed or have limited accessibility during the pandemic.
Scottsburg City Hall will continue to operate under limited access through Monday, April 6, or as required by the State. Utility customers are encouraged to use the night box for payments or to pay your bill online or via phone. The drive-thru will be open for those who require immediate assistance Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
All essential services within the City of Scottsburg will continue as normal with the exception of recycling. All recycling has been suspended until further notice.
To contact Scottsburg City Hall call 812-752-4343.
The Austin City Hall is open to the public on a limited basis. A drop box at the front of city hall should be used for all utility payments. For questions, appointments or to speak with an elected official, call the Austin City Hall at 812-794-2877.
The Crothersville Town Hall is open to the public on a limited basis. Utility customers are encouraged to us the drop box at the front of town hall to make utility payments. For questions or to speak with a town office worker, call the town hall at 812-793-2311.
Schools in both counties remain closed at least until May 1.
Reaching county offices:
Auditor (812) 752-8408
Assessor (812) 752-8436
Clerk (812) 752-8420
Treasurer (812) 752-8414
Recorder (812) 752-8442
Circuit Court (812) 752-8430
Superior Court (812) 752-8424
Community Corrections (812) 752-8484
EMS (812) 754-0500
Health Department (812) 752-8455
Highway Department (812) 752-8470
Planning Department (812) 752-8445
Probation (812) 752-0373
Prosecutor (812) 752-8466
Public Defender (812) 752-5920
Purdue Cooperative Extension (812) 752-8450
Soil & Water Conservation District (812) 752-2269
Veteran’s Services Office (812) 752-8477
County Commissioners
Robert Tobais (812) 820-3928
John Lizenby (812) 595-0790
Mike Jones (812) 595-3355
Auditor (812) 358-6161
Assessor (812) 358-6112
Clerk (812) 358-6117
Treasurer (812) 358-6126
Recorder (812) 358-6113
Circuit Court (812) 358-6135
Superior Court 1 (812) 358-
Superior Court 2 (812) 358-6803
Community Corrections (812) 271-1401
EMS (812) 523-7501
Health Department (812) 522-6474
Planning Department (812) 358-6109
Probation (812) 358-6169
Prosecutor (812) 358-6130
Public Defender (812) 358-1850
Purdue Cooperative Extension (812) 358-6103
County Commissioners
Matt Reedy (812) 525-8963
Drew Markel (812) 569-1110
Bob Gillaspy (812) 525-8159

But Property Taxes Still Must be Paid By May 11

While courthouses in Scott and Jackson County may be closed to the public due to the Cornovirus pandemic, property taxes will be due by Monday, May 11.
Property tax bills are expected to be mailed out during the second week of April. Since the traditional due date of May 10 in on a Sunday, property owners will have until Monday, May 11 to pay the spring installment.
Both Jackson County Treasurer Roger Hurt and Scott County Treasurer Sheryl Jent, encouraged property owners to pay by check and mail their check to the courthouse rather than trying to pay in person during the pandemic closure.
And both discouraged payment in cash because of the treasurer’s offices in ability to dispense change when in-person payment is not available.
In lieu of cash, money orders or cashier’s checks are preferred at this time. However, many banks have already closed their lobbies leaving only drive-thru and walk up windows open. Lobby admittance is available at some banks but customers must call first.
Hurt said that because of bank lobbies being closed no bank will be accepting Jackson County property tax payments this spring.
In Scott County the treasurer’s office can be reached at 812-752-8414. Tax payments can be mailed to the Treasurer at 1 E. McClain Ave., Suite 140, Scottsburg, IN 47170.
In Jackson County, the treasurer’ office can be reached at 812-358-6126. Tax payments can be mailed to the Treasurer at 111 S. Main St., Brownstown, IN 47220.

Indiana Primary Elections Delayed To June 2 Amid COVID-19 Concerns

Gov. Eric Holcomb announced Friday that the primary elections would be delayed four weeks, from May 5 to June 2, along with several other changes pending the approval of the Indiana Election Commission which meets today (March 25).
The move comes as counties reportedly struggled to recruit poll workers for the primary, which will include voting for the Democratic presidential nominee.
Secretary of State Connie Lawson said that the commission would meet Wednesday (today) to discuss the recommendations of the executive branch, including:
• Allowing all voters the option to vote by mail rather than in-person
• Adjusting voter registration, military deadlines and more to the new election date
• Permitting family members, not just household members, to deliver absentee ballots
Lawson noted that this action wasn’t a requirement for voters and didn’t indicate any permanent policy change on voting by mail.
“This ensures that the election process will continue and all Hoosiers have the opportunity to vote in the May primary,” Lawson said. “We are giving everybody the option to vote by mail.”
Jackson County voters can request a mail-in ballot by calling the election clerk at 812-358-6120.
Scott County voters can request a mail-in ballot by calling the clerk’s office at 812-752-8420.

Democrats Postpone Free Chili Lunch

The Scott County Democrats have postponed free take-out chili lunch this Friday (March 27) due to growing concerns about COVID-19.

The free lunch was originally planned for anyone that is adversely impacted by the coronavirus outbreak, said Scott County Democrat Chairman Denny Wilson.