Vigo Co. residents react to coronavirus pandemic

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VIGO CO., Ind. (WTWO/WAWV)- According to the Vigo Co. Health Department, there are no confirmed coronavirus cases in the area and many Vigo Co. residents are still conducting their everyday routines in the midst of the outbreak.

Although some are worried about if and when COVID-19 will make it’s way to the area, others are not.

Christy Smith, a local teacher and resident of Vigo Co., said she’s made an effort to adjust the way she interacts with others in public.

“I’m doing what I would normally do but with a little more hand washing. But I’m being aware of not to hug as much as usual. Maybe giving less fists bumps and more elbow jabs,” she said.

Smith also said she’s noticed a change in her students’ behavior as well.

“There’s some fear with some of our kids. We’ve had to let them know that we’ve got to keep going, we’ve got to go live what we’re doing like we have been doing, just be a little more aware. But please wash the hands. This shouldn’t be a new thing,” Smith said.

Vigo Co. parents like Desiree Mattingly, said her family is adjusting to the school closures.

“My daughter, she’s five so she goes to kindergarten at Rio Grande,” she said. “So she’s out of school right now, but she’s been staying with family so we aren’t really affected by it all,” Mattingly said.

Mattingly said her family is educating their about what’s going on to ease her fears.

“She’s a little nervous but I just keep telling her that mommy and daddy are going to keep her safe like always, so she’s not really that worried anymore,” she said.

Dale Perdiew is a older Vigo Co. resident. He said he’s been making an effort to be more aware of his surroundings.

“I’m still trying to do my normal routine. I am washing my hands more. I’m a little more cautious of being around a lot of people,” he said.

Perdiew said even though he’s older, he doesn’t believe he’ll be affected by the coronavirus.

“I feel like my health is pretty good and ordinarily I can overcome things like that. So I’m going to try to keep doing my regular daily life,” he said.

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