TERRE HAUTE, Ind. — A newly formed Joint Information Center in Vigo County will provide daily updates on the coronavirus outbreak.
As coronavirus continues to take its toll on other parts of the U.S., there still remains zero confirmed cases among Hoosiers.
Some locally say they believe with proper hygiene its impact can remain limited in Indiana.
“I think that as long as we’re like washing our hands or covering our mouths when we cough or sneeze, for the most part it will be okay,” said Lincoln Schlemmer, ISU student.
While the virus has yet to show in the Wabash Valley, health officials are preparing in the event that it does.
Tuesday, a Joint Information Center was formed with 30 Vigo County leaders including local hospitals, colleges, and schools.
The goal of this group is to come up with a plan if the virus is present in the Valley.
“Now is definitely the time to prepare and not panic. So we just want to make sure that all the organizations have everything they need in case we would get an outbreak,” said Roni Elder, Vigo County Health Educator.
As a part of the JIC, the organizations involved will send daily updates to the Vigo County Health Department.
Elder says these updates will include any health trends or local coronavirus information that could be useful to the community.
“So, if they have anything new like someone traveling or someone suspected of coronavirus or any trend that they see, that the public needs to know, we will be made aware of,” Elder said
Elder says by forming the JIC, county leaders hope to give consistent and accurate information to Vigo County residents.
“We are all on the same page, we all have the same information, and we all are communicating if something does come up in our county,” Elder said.
Elder says the daily updates from the JIC will be posted to the county’s health department website by 4 P.M each day.
These updates are expected to begin by Thursday evening.