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Hello. This is Mayor Hamilton. It's Tuesday, February 16th. Just a quick message to the public updating again about COVID and pandemic and what's happening in the city.

 

This being February, we continue to see in this month progress, good numbers overall in the community and in the state as our numbers of hospitalizations and daily cases and daily death all are in the right direction; reducing. We are not out of the woods. Vaccinations continue; many hundreds every day. This week has been a little challenging. We have some pretty exceptional weather that is changing some rhythms, but for those of you who are in line for vaccinations, just please stay by the phone or email and check with your provider if you have concerns about whether they're open on a particular day. That will continue.
    

We are going to continue to monitor and make sure we keep plugging along with the masking, the distancing, all the protocols that help so much. We've seen that benefit in our workforce as February has had fewer positive cases than January did, which was lower than December. So all that's moving in the right direction. But again, we're not out of the woods. We know new variants are likely to be here. Some predict they will be the dominant strain, this more infectious and potentially more deadly strain could become the dominant strain by next month. So keep doing what you're doing. We're going to continue to do what we do here locally to monitor things. IU's doing major testing and getting good results as they see the students coming back.
    

The old saying, "30 days has September, April, June, and November, and February is endless." We're in the middle of a short month, but it's a slog to get through this. Thanks for hanging in there. We need to keep doing what we're doing and I'll keep you updated. Again, there's a press conference every Friday at 1:15 PM if you want more detail. You can check that out online as well. Thanks for all you're doing and let's stay warm and watch out for your neighbors this week too to see any who might need help.

 

 

 

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