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CITY AND COUNTY OFFICIALS ADDRESS STAY-AT-HOME ANNOUNCEMENT

CITY OF CRAWFORDSVILLE
CRAWFORDSVILLE, INDIANA 47933

PRESS RELEASE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT
March 23, 2020
Jim Johnson, 765-894-6471
Barry Lewis, 765-307-0388

CITY AND COUNTY OFFICIALS ADDRESS
STAY-AT-HOME ANNOUNCEMENT 

CRAWFORDSVILLE, Ind. – Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb announced on Monday an executive order for Hoosiers to remain at home except for essential business or services. The order is in effect from March 25 to April 7.

Announcements such as this create many questions and concerns.  With genuine compassion for the wide-range of emotions many citizens may be feeling at this time, City of Crawfordsville and Montgomery County officials would like to take a moment to address a few things.

First, please understand that all measures taken by local, State and Federal officials to this point have been for a reason.  With cooperation from citizens across the State, the latest move should drastically assist in the effort to slow the spread of COVID-19.

That being said, it’s also important to understand that the stay-at-home order from the State doesn’t mean citizens are strictly confined to their homes.  Grocery stores, banks and pharmacies will remain open while restaurants and bars can still offer takeout or delivery. 

“I genuinely understand why many in our community are concerned and, in some cases, are simply scared,” said Crawfordsville Mayor Todd Barton.  “Trust me, though, when I say there is no need to panic. Our citizens are safe and are not cut off from the outside world. They will continue to have open access to grocery stores in town, their pharmacies and their banks.  None of that is going away. We just need the public’s help to keep this pandemic under control.”

COVID-19 spreads at an incredible rate with the first positive case in Indiana was reported March 6 and as of this morning, that number has increased to 259 positive cases.  

“We just have to do everything we can for our local hospital and healthcare professionals so they don’t become overwhelmed,” said Montgomery County Administrator Mark Casteel. “If our most vulnerable population becomes sick at the same time – like we have seen in other parts of the world and now in our own country – then that’s when things become very dangerous very quick.”

In addition to banks, grocery stores and restaurants, Gov. Holcomb’s executive order allows all other essential businesses and services to remain open. That includes gas stations, hospitals, doctor’s offices, health care facilities, garbage pickup along with police and fire stations.

“We are still open,” said Montgomery County Sheriff Ryan Needham.  “Officers are still on-duty, jail staff are all still working, and we’re still here to provide safety for our citizens and community as a whole.  Just use common sense and if you need anything from us, let us know.” 

Answers to frequently asked questions about Gov. Holcomb’s executive order is available at www.in.gov/gov/3232.htm and updates will continue to be posted on city and county websites and social media channels.

The most current and accurate COVID-19 information is available on the Center for Disease Control and Prevention website (www.coronavirus.gov) or the Indiana State Department of Health website (www.in.gov/coronavirus).

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