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Page last updated on October 12, 2021 at 2:49 pm

Hello. It's Mayor John Hamilton. It's Tuesday, October 12th, 2021. Just giving a quick public report on things pandemic-related. It's good news. We continue to see declining caseloads, declining hospitalizations, declining deaths in the state, in our county. We continue to be among the very top one or two counties in the state of Indiana in terms of those basic metrics. IU continues to report very good numbers. 

So I want to thank all of you who are complying with this extra mask mandate that we have in Monroe County, unique in Indiana, with all of you who have been vaccinated and are taking such care. The Delta variant has been a very difficult period. It appears to be waning, and we're glad to see that. Absolutely.

We continue to be very vigilant and humble in the face of this. But these efforts that you are taking and observing are really helping, continuing the care to distance, and to be outdoors when you can, and to avoid unnecessary sharing of air, that's how we have this variant exchange. We still have people dying every day in the state. We still have a lot of people in the hospital, kids going to school at risk. So keep doing what you're doing. This week's news is encouraging that we're going in the right direction. So we're going to keep watching. We're keeping the mask mandate through October. And we'll be monitoring how the data look going further.

As always, we're trying to pay attention to the science, the scientists, the health, the medical experts, and let that drive our decisions. So again, stay vigilant, stay wary. Don't get weary of these things. They're helping. And I'll thank you again on behalf of the whole community for all of you who take these steps. 

If you have not been vaccinated, you are still at risk. I strongly encourage you to do so. Boosters will be coming for those of us who've been vaccinated. That is the way to protect each other in your family. And I sure hope all those who have not been vaccinated will reconsider and try to take that step. It's going to keep you safe. 

More data and more information week to week, but thanks again and I hope you all have a good week.