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COVID Concerns Main Topic for Health Board

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Amid spiraling coronavirus case numbers, Vanderburgh Count y health officials are taking action against restaurants not adhering to space requirements for their customers and discussing whether there will be enough hospital beds for those who contract the virus.  

At a Vanderburgh County Health Board meeting via video conference Thursday, board attorney David Jones said they are beginning to take action against restaurants and bars that are not following spacing requirements for tables.

Jones said, “We have enforced that on two restaurants, and one was done today that was actually shut down.”

As we reported Wednesday, Deaconess reached capacity and diverted COVID patients to other facilities for a few hours earlier this week. Pulmonologist Roger Johnson of Ascension St. Vincent in Evansville told the board that COVID patients often need extended stays in intensive care.

Johnson said, “I’ve got several patients that are thirty to forty days in the ICU.”

The board voted to follow the Governor Eric Holcomb’s order on limiting gatherings to 50 people once that goes into effect this weekend. In other business, County health officer Dr. Ken Spear rescinded his resignation and will continue in that role. 

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