The following press release was sent to The Bloomingtonian Wednesday:
“County Commissioners Approve Health Regulation, Mask Requirement Extended
BLOOMINGTON: The Monroe County Commissioners adopted the updated Public Health Order and Regulation at their meeting today. This extends the current order, meaning face coverings are still required to be worn when in indoor public spaces in Monroe County, with some exceptions.
The Monroe County Health Board met on 10/21/21 to review its current Health Order and Regulation, which was set to expire October 31, 2021. After consideration of current COVID-19 metrics and local transmission data, the board voted to keep the current health order in place until the case rate in Monroe County is fewer than 50 cases per 100,000 and it is in the “Blue” (lowest) advisory level on the Indiana Department of Health (IDOH) Coronavirus Map www.coronavirus.in.gov.
The health order is set to automatically expire at 11:59 p.m. on the same Wednesday that the metrics posted on the IDOH Coronavirus map show that Monroe County has met its determined goals. The IDOH Coronavirus map is updated weekly on Wednesdays by 5:00 p.m.
According to Penny Caudill, health department administrator, cases in Monroe County are trending down but transmission rates are still considered substantial per the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) COVID-19 data tracker https://covid.cdc.gov/covid-data-tracker/#county-view.
As of today, Monroe County remains in the “yellow” advisory level on the IDOH map. Weekly cases for County residents have dropped below 100 per 100,000 and positivity rate is less than 5%. Caudill states “These are encouraging signs that we will soon reach moderate to low levels of transmission”.
The Regulation and Order will be posted later today on the red banner on the main page of the Monroe County Government website at www.co.monroe.in.us.