Shelby County Health Department announced Tuesday new recommendations for the community that will remain in place until Shelby County is no longer in the “Orange” category as classified by the Indiana State Department of Health.

“If we reach the ‘Red’ Category, then additional recommendations and time may be added, as necessary,” said Robert Lewis, director of Shelby County Health Department.

When it comes to employee exposures, unless they are “absolutely essential for the health, safety and welfare,” employees who are exposed to the coronavirus should be quarantined for 14 days.

Lewis defined “exposure” as being within 6 feet of a confirmed COVID positive patient for greater than 15 cumulative minutes, in a day, regardless of wearing a mask and regardless of whether they have symptoms.

Shelby County should follow and enforce the Governor’s mask mandate in all public places and strongly encourage mask wearing in non-public locations, Lewis said.

Shelby County Schools

The Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH) recommends Shelby County schools remain in person as long as they can.

“The data shows that schools are the safest place for children to be and that they are getting infected outside of school and not while participating in-person learning,” the Shelby Co. Health Department reported.

ISDH also noted that schools play a critical role in children’s mental health, food insecurity, racial and social inequities, and child and adolescent development and well-being.

The state health department includes “Education” in the Essential Critical Infrastructure Workers in the Non-Healthcare Sector. This means education workers may return to work after an exposure to SARS-CoV-2 (the 2019 coronavirus), provided they remain asymptomatic and follow certain precautions.

If schools cannot effectively staff for in-person instruction, the recommendation is to follow the ISDH guidelines allowing employees who have been exposed to someone that is positive for COVID-19 to continue to work as long as they remain asymptomatic and follow the procedures prior to work daily.

Prescreen daily (check temperature daily and monitor for symptoms)

Regular monitoring for symptoms daily and throughout the day.

Wear a mask

Social distancing

Cleaning and disinfection of workspaces

If an exposed individual develops symptoms, he/she will need to remain at home or leave work immediately and get tested. If a positive test result is received, whether symptomatic or asymptomatic, the individual will need to quarantine for at least 10 days.

Symptomatic individuals with positive test result will isolate until 10 days have passed since symptom onset, at least 24 hours have passed since resolution of fever without the use of fever-reducing medications and other symptoms have improved

Asymptomatic individuals with positive test result, will isolate until 10 days after the collection date of the first positive test.

Symptomatic individuals with negative test result will isolate until at least 24 hours have passed since resolution of fever without the use of fever-reducing medications and other symptoms have improved.

Limited attendance

As long as Shelby County is “orange,” no event, venue or business should have more than a total of 50 attendees unless their plan has been submitted and approved by the Shelby County Health Department.

The Shelby Co. Health Department further recommends the county adopt and enforce the Governor’s new restrictions and for those to remain in place until Shelby County exits the “orange” category as defined by the Indiana State Department of Health.

Those restrictions include: (and are subject to change)

Businesses are required to notify patrons that face coverings are required, and customers in restaurants, bars and nightclubs must be spaced 6 feet apart.

Attendance at indoor K-12 extracurricular and co-curricular events, including IHSAA sports, will be limited to 25 percent capacity. Non-participants will be required to wear face coverings at all times.

Community recreation sports leagues and tournaments may continue, with attendance limited to participants, required personnel and parents and guardians.

Hospitals and long-term care facilities may impose limitations on visitation.

Churches and other houses of worship are exempt from the restrictions.

Visit the Indiana State Department of Health’s COVID-19 website at https://coronavirus.IN .gov for more information, including frequently asked questions about COVID-19.