Vigo County officials work to minimize impact of coronavirus outbreak

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TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTWO/WAWV) – Vigo County currently has over 600 employees and county officials are taking steps to make sure these employees can remain healthy while not missing pay.

With 24 confirmed cases of coronavirus in the state of Indiana, some tests are available in Vigo County.

“We have less than 100 test kits on hand and so far we’ve had zero confirmed cases,” said Joni Wise, Vigo County Health Department administrator.

As government officials across the country ask their community to take steps to limit the virus’ spread, Vigo County officials are doing the same.

This includes recommending that business at the county annex not be done in-person if possible.

“Only come here for necessary business. If you can conduct business over the phone or through e-mail, that’s what we want,” said Brendan Kearns, Vigo County commissioner.

During a Monday meeting, county officials also decided that Vigo County employees will continue to be paid if they are absent amid the outbreak.

“We employ over 600 people right now. It is our duty to ensure that they’re mentally healthy as much as possible, this helps alleviate their stress,” Kearns said.

Kearns says the actions that are being put forth are to ensure not only the health of those who work for the county, but also those who live in it.

“we’ll assure everybody that we are working absolutely as hard we can for the whole county and just the annex and courthouse,” Kearns said.

Kearns also says cleaning of the county annex has also increased recently.

Cleaning was being done every hour and now crews are working nonstop to prevent the virus from spreading.

The health department encourages the community to continue practicing social distancing.

Wise says it will prevent hospitals from going over-capacity during this outbreak.

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