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Page last updated on September 20, 2021 at 2:49 pm

Hello, it's Mayor John Hamilton. It's Monday, September 20th, 2021. Just giving a quick public update on the status of the pandemic impact here in Bloomington. 

We're in a holding pattern. The numbers continue to be very high, relatively, in our state and in our county for hospitalizations, cases, and even deaths. We're still seeing very concerning numbers. I want to thank all of you who are continuing to mask up and protect each other and yourselves and your family by taking those protocols to try to keep tamping down the Delta variant raging. It is in a holding pattern. 

We're hopeful that there will be some indications soon that it's going down. We're watching that very closely. But in the meantime, there's a lot of this disease that's hitting a lot of people. In fact, it's taking some people from us. So please keep doing the protective steps of masking, in particular, social distancing, all the hand washing. Don't come to work if you're sick or, or go out with folks. If you feel symptoms get checked out quickly.

Of course, vaccines are the real answer to this. We're going to continue to emphasize that. That's how we're going to get out of this. We're continuing to see more institutions, more governments, taking steps. We're doing all that we can. We're always looking at options. Of course, in Indiana law, there are some pretty serious restrictions on what local governments can do, unfortunately, but we will do all that we can to try to help keep everybody safe. 

So the update this week's pretty brief. Kind of holding steady in a difficult and very concerning place. Hoping we can turn it down and see some indicators going in the right direction. But in the meantime, stay safe, keep masking, keep distancing. Please get vaccinated. Talk to an expert, a healthcare professional, a friend, a family member, about the importance of vaccinations. They're free, they're available. And if you have any questions, please reach out to get those answered. We'll be back in touch soon, and thanks again for all you're doing to help keep our city safe.