COVID-19 UPDATES as of 5 p.m., Thursday, March 26, 2020
The COVID-19 outbreak has caused many local events to be canceled or postponed to help limit the spread of the virus. This information was made available to The Times as of press time Tuesday, March 24:
• The Brazil Times’ closed their office lobby, for public safety. Our staff will be available from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. to answer calls at 812-446-2216 because it’s business as usual. Log onto www.thebraziltimes.com to keep up-to-date.
• Quick Pick South (Shell Station on Hwy 59 ACROSS FROM First Financial Bank) will be serving FREE CARRY OUT MEALS on Sat. March 28 from 11am-1pm (1 per person)
• All Brazil City Parks property will be closed as of now until further notice in accordance with the new guidelines Governor J. Eric Holcomb announced today.
• Forest Park Golf Course is now closed until April 7.
• Clay County doctors and dentists are limiting the number of patients they are taking to avoid crowded waiting rooms.
• St. Vincent Clay Hospital in Brazil is no longer allowing visitors except in certain circumstances.
• The Clay County Courthouse and county offices are closed to the public.
• The Brazil Township Trustees office has been closed due to the COVID-19 virus until further notice.
• The First Presbyterian Church Sunday Supper crew has decided that they will provide take-out meals only, until further notice. Diners can pick up a to-go box outside of the north entrance of Fellowship Hall (Daniel Biggs Street).
• The City of Brazil announced closings of City Hall, City Garage, Water Treatment Plant, Wastewater Plant will be closed to the public beginning noon Friday, March 20th.
Payments for water bills, building permits, handgun permits, and car impound fees will be taken over the phone, or deposited into the City Hall payment dropbox, or can be done online. No cash payments will be accepted, so pleased use money orders instead. Please call the proper departments for additional information.
• The Board of Works meeting scheduled for March 25, 2020, has been canceled.
• The Clay County YMCA and the Vigo County YMCA are temporarily closed effective at noon, Friday, until further notice.
• Clay Community Schools has postponed Kindergarten Open Registration that was scheduled for March 31 and April 1, 2020. Kindergarten Open Registration will be rescheduled when more up-to-date information becomes available.
Keep up to date with school information on the corporation’s Clay Community Schools Facebook page.
• The Brazil Public Library closed Tuesday, March 17, 2020, until further notice. For further details, check out their Facebook page or log on to the library website at Brazil.lib.in.us
• Veterans Office in the Clay County Courthouse will operate by “appointment only” until further notice. Call 812-448-9015 or email email@example.com for appointments, All rides to VA appointments are canceled until further notice. The Loyalty Day Luncheon is canceled for May 2nd.
• The following business have announced being closed until further notice, including:
Micks It Up Diner
Sister’s Antique Mall
• Gov. Holcomb’s Stay-At-Home order will be implemented at midnight Tuesday, and be in effective until April 7th. The COVID-19 situation will be reviewed at that time with potential new informaiton made available.
• The Indiana Primary has been moved from May 5 to June 2.
• In accordance with the executive order and the authority of the Office within Indiana law, the Office of the Attorney General’s Consumer Protection Division is accepting complaints related to excessive prices for all consumer goods.
To submit a price-gouging complaint, utilize the online consumer complaint form which can be found at www.indianaconsumer.com, click on “File a Complaint”.
If you have questions about the types of complaints handled by the Consumer Protection Division, call the Consumer Protection Division at 1-800-382-5516 or 317-232-6330.
• The United States District Court for the Southern District of Indiana, issued a second General Order in response to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic in the United States, and specifically within the Southern District of Indiana. The Indianapolis, Terre Haute, and New Albany federal courthouses closed to the public went into effect noon, March 18, 2020, and is effective indefinitely.
• Indiana’s Division of Family Resources offices to close to the public indefinitely to protect the health and safety of clients and staff.
Offices will be closed to the public at the end of business Friday. Online and telephone services remain available for all Hoosiers.
• Due to the Coronavirus threat, tours, visists of the Indiana Statehouse have been suspended until further notice.
You may still contact us by phone and e-mail. You are invited to take a “Virtual Tour” of the Statehouse by logging onto https://www.in.gov/idoa/2371.htm.
• The Indiana Law Enforcement Academy (ILEA) in Plainfield has, out of an abundance of caution, decided to suspend its operations in an attempt to keep its staff, students and visitors safe during this COVID-19 outbreak.
• Hoosiers feeling distressed or anxious due to the pandemic call the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s Disaster Distress Helpline at 800-985-5990. This hotline provides live crisis counseling and is toll-free, multi-lingual and confidential. A text option is also available: Text “TalkWithUs” to 66746 to connect with a trained crisis counselor.
• The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) added a “Coronavirus Self-Checker” to its website. Public health experts are urging the “worried well” and people with mild symptoms to stay home so doctors, nurses and other health workers don’t exhaust their limited supplies of masks, gowns and other protective gear as the number of coronavirus cases in the United States quickly grows.
Log onto https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/symptoms-testing/testing.html to learn more.