Cass County Health Department urges the community to continue following safety precautions

SOURCE: News release from Logansport Memorial Hospital and Cass County Health Department

Since moving to Stage 5 of Governor Holcomb’s “Back on Track Indiana” plan, COVID-19 cases have continued to climb and set new records for positivity throughout the month of October. At the beginning of COVID-19, Cass County was a “hotspot” with a local surge of positive cases early on. Now as we prepare for the upcoming winter that brings cold and flu season, the Cass County Health Department (CCHD) urges the community to continue following the identified safety precautions of wearing a mask, waiting six feet apart from others, and washing your hands. Doing these things consistently will help to slow the spread of COVID-19 as local healthcare professionals and public health officials help our community fight the flu and the COVID-19 viruses.

“We understand and recognize that many of us want to return to some sense of normalcy, especially as the holidays are approaching,” comments Dr. Dori Ditty, Cass County’s Public Health Officer. “But now is not the
time to pull back from these safety measures. More than ever, we need your help to do what you can to slow the spread of COVID-19, so that our local hospital and healthcare system can continue to take safe, appropriate care of the sickest patients, who need more specialized help when they face the flu and/or COVID19. The best tools that we have to fight COVID-19 is to wear our mask, practice social distancing, and to wash our hands.”

Dr. Ditty went on to add, “For those of you who are already practicing these safety precautions and have been doing so from the beginning, thank you. We are grateful for your help in doing your part to slow the spread. But
for others in our community who may be experiencing COVID fatigue or who are reluctant to follow these safety recommendations, we ask that you reconsider and please begin to take them seriously. It is up to each of us to do what we can individually to protect the health of all of us as a community. The longer it takes for each of us to observe and follow these guidelines, the longer it will be that we battle COVID-19 and its effects
in Cass County.”

As the holidays are rapidly approaching, the CCHD asks that you begin thinking about your plans for a physically distanced holiday season. Please keep in mind the important safety measures to follow:

The 3 Ws:

  1. Wear your mask: Wearing a mask helps prevent someone who unknowingly has COVID-19 from spreading the virus to others.
  2. Wait six feet apart from others: Whenever you are around other people who don’t live in your household, keep a distance of six feet between you as much as possible. Reducing the way that we physically contact each other helps to slow the spread of COVID-19.
  3. Wash your hands: At least 20 seconds will do the trick to help you fight the flu and fight COVID-19. When soap and water is not available, use hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.

As a reminder, COVID-19 testing is available from the CCHD at 1616 Smith Street in Logansport (the former Logansport Regional Cancer Center building, across from Huston Park). Clinic hours for COVID-19 testing are:

  • Monday, Tuesday and Thursday from 8 a.m. – 6 p.m.
  • Saturday from 8:30 a.m. – 12 noon

COVID-19 testing through the Cass County Health Department is by appointment only. Please make an appointment for your testing online by going to www.scheduling.coronavirus.in.gov. You will be able to choose
how you want to receive your test results, either by text or email. You can also call the CCHD at the Smith Street location if you have questions about receiving COVID-19 testing, at (574) 355-8754.

Thank you in advance for your continued cooperation with COVID-19 safety guidelines. We are still all #INThisTogether!