Pool preparations

Jason Crane removes loose tile from the steps of the pool at Princeton Aquatic Center Thursday, part of annual repair/maintenance work to prepare the pool for opening May 29. The pool and splash park are cleared to open in Indiana’s Back on Track Stage 3 plan, which begins Friday. Staff began filling the 220,000 gallon pool Thursday afternoon, preparing for water chemistry testing next Wednesday.

PRINCETON — A Gibson County resident who tested positive earlier for COVID-19 has died, Gibson County Health Department confirmed Thursday afternoon.

The announcement included no further details that would identify the person.

The news came a few hours after the health department confirmed a person in their 50s tested positive for COVID-19, bringing the total local cases to 12 (seven of which are confirmed by the local health department as recovered). Some 311 COVID-19 tests have been reported in Gibson County, and testing continues next week at the Gibson County Fairgrounds, free to residents who register by calling 888-634-1116 or registering online at https://lhi.care/covidtesting

Indiana State Department of Health Thursday reported 13 cases in Gibson County, but the local health department confirmed earlier that one of the cases attributed by the state to Gibson County is not a county resident.

In neighboring counties, Posey County reports 16 cases among 317 tests; Vanderburgh County 229 cases and two deaths among 5,590 tests; Warrick County 157 cases and 26 deaths among 1,191 tests; Dubois County 168 cases and two deaths among 1,110 tests; Pike County five cases among 127 tests; Knox County 23 cases among 612 tests; Daviess County 73 cases and 16 deaths among 626 tests.

In Southeastern Illinois, Illinois Department of Public Heath statistics show one case in Wabash County, two cases each in White, Hamilton and Gallatin; three cases in Richland; four cases in Lawrence; six cases in Saline; nine cases and one death in Wayne and 11 cases in Crawford.

Honor Flight canceledUncertainty of the COVID-19 pandemic prompted the board of directors for Honor Flight of Southern Indiana to postpone all flights scheduled this year, and resume once it is determined to be safe enough for veterans to travel, hopefully sometime in 2021.

“With the many unknowns of Covid19, we decided to wait until traveling and gathering restrictions are lifted to ensure our veterans and guardians have a safe and enjoyable trip in Washington, D.C.,” the board wrote in an announcement. “This along with the alert issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which advised that adults over the age of 60 are particularly at risk of infection, and should avoid all non-essential air travel is what called for this decisions to be made. Unfortunately, the vast majority of our veterans fall into the CDC’s high-risk category. Many of our veterans live in community settings, such as retirement homes or assisted living facilities, where the risk of spreading illness is extremely high.”

Back on Track Stage 3 begins FridayWhile the pandemic has canceled many activities in the state and nation, Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb earlier reported the state will ease restrictions on facilities/gatherings beginning Friday.

The governor’s order allows swimming pools, basketball courts, tennis courts and other non-contact summer recreation activities. Parks are open, but playgrounds remain closed in this stage, according to the most recent report from the state.

The Princeton Aquatic Center and Splash Park is scheduled to open May 29 for the season, and Summer Explosion Day Camp at Lafayette Park begins June 1, both programs operating according to CDC and state guidelines.

Group gathering caps are increased to 100, with proper social distancing.

The executive order also extends moratoriums on utility shutoffs, foreclosure filings and evictions, and stipulates that primary election workers who receive unemployment compensation benefits will not be penalized for working the June primary election.

For full details of the governor’s latest directives, download a list of what’s open and closed at https://backontrack.in.gov/files/BackOnTrack-IN_WhatsOpen-Closed-stage3.pdf

Email Andrea Howe at andrea@pdclarion.com.

— Email Andrea Howe at andrea@pdclarion.com

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