January 4, 2021: 4 things to know

Last Updated on January 4, 2021 by Michelle Dials / Cass County Online

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Here are a few things we thought you might want to know for Monday, January 4, 2021:

The intersection of 3rd Street and Melbourne Avenue in downtown Logansport is scheduled to close today. The closure is expected to last through early March and drivers should use an alternate route.

The Indiana legislative session began with Organization Day on Nov. 17, 2020 and the Indiana House and Senate will reconvene today, January 4, 2021. The session is scheduled to end on April 29.

New terms began January 1, 2021 for several elected officials.

In Cass County, Republicans Ruth Baker and Mike Stajduhar will serve as county commissioners, with the first meeting of the year scheduled for 1 p.m. today. Three at-large members of the county council were elected, including Republican Dean Davenport and Republican incumbents Bruce Ide and Tracy Williamson. Stajduhar says he has submitted his resignation from the council to serve as commissioner, and that a caucus will likely be held before the council’s first meeting of 2021. The council meets on the 3rd Friday of the month. Republican Cheryl Alcorn will begin her 2nd term as county auditor and Republican Josh LeDonne will begin his second term as county surveyor. Republican Cindy Howard was sworn in as county treasurer in November following the retirement of her predecessor. Destry Richey was sworn in early as county clerk after Beth Liming was chosen to fill the remainder of Howard’s term as county recorder. George Franklin Jr. will serve as county coroner.

The COVID-19 numbers reported Sunday, January 3 by the Indiana State Department of Health included a total of 4,321 cases to date in Cass County and 43 deaths. The number of new cases reported in Cass County in December was 1,081, with 11 deaths. In the first three days of January, Cass County has recorded 125 new cases and 1 death.

Cass County is orange on the state’s COVID-19 county metrics dashboard that’s updated on Wednesdays.

The Indiana State Department of Health shows on its vaccine dashboard that 330 people in Cass County and 75,842 people in Indiana had received the first dose of COVID-19 vaccination as of Dec. 29. The dashboard is updated at noon on Wednesdays, at https://www.coronavirus.in.gov/vaccine/

The governor has extended the public health emergency in Indiana through January 30, and signed an executive order to continue the targeted restrictions for counties through at least January 24.

Testing is available through the Cass County Health Department by appointment. Those appointments can be scheduled online at scheduling.coronavirus.in.gov.

You can find more local information at CassCountyOnline.com and more upcoming events at CassCountyCalendar.com.