DECATUR COUNTY — An Indiana county facing one of the highest per capita rates of COVID-19 infection in the state is taking the next step to stop the spread by issuing a Travel Warning and closing all restaurants.
All restaurants in Decatury County were ordered to close by 8 a.m. Thursday. No takeout or delivery orders are allowed, either.
The emergency ordinance was implemented under Governor Holcomb's Executive Order 20-08, which grants local governments the power to impose restrictions necessary to address the needs of their community. It will remain in effect through at least April 9, although it may be expanded at a later date.
According to the Decatur County Health Department, they are dealing with the state's highest per capita rate of confirmed COVID-19 infections. As of Thursday, 59 cases of COVID-19 had been confirmed and three residents have died in Decatur County.
Under the emergency ordinance, the county is under a Travel Warning Advisory and travel is restricted unless a person is traveling to and from essential work or activities as outlined by the governor's executive orders.