County offices to reopen for employees, remain closed to public

Starting May 4, all county employees will return to their offices and resume their duties.

Their offices, however, will still remain closed to the public.

While a date for opening back up to the public has yet to be determined, the decision will be re-evaluated May 6. 

Those decisions came during Tuesday’s county commissioners meeting conducted by teleconference.

Jackson County Auditor Kathy Hohenstreiter said many employees have already returned to their respective offices, making the decision an easy one.

"A lot of us have already brought them back, so it wasn’t a big deal," she said. 

Hohenstreiter also said some of those working from home didn’t have proper access to software used for their work, making it difficult to complete some of their tasks from outside the office.  

The Indiana State Department of Health announced Tuesday that 431 additional Hoosiers have been diagnosed with COVID-19 through testing at ISDH, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and private laboratories.

That brings to 12,097 the total number of Indiana residents known to have the novel coronavirus following corrections to the previous day’s total.

According to a news release, these numbers are lower than what they thought they’d be, but that’s not necessarily a sign of progress. 

"The new cases and new tests reported today are lower than expected due to a technology issue and should not be interpreted as a decline in new infections," according to the ISDH.

The additional positive cases not included in the report will be captured in the coming days and reflected appropriately.

Through Tuesday, 98 residents of Jackson County have been confirmed as testing positive for COVID-19. This is an increase of nine from Monday.

A total of 630 Hoosiers have died to date. Deaths are reported based on when data are received by ISDH. The 61 deaths reported Tuesday occurred between April 7 and 20.

No residents of Jackson County have been reported to have died from the virus. 

To date, 67,264 tests have been reported to ISDH, up from 64,649 on Monday. This total includes 455 Jackson County residents.