Space well being officers reacted cautiously Wednesday to Gov. Eric Holcomb’s choice to elevate a statewide COVID-19 mask-wearing mandate April 6.
Some nervous the change is coming too quickly, whereas others feared residents will take it the incorrect manner.
“I am afraid folks will interpret it as, ‘We do not have to put on a masks anymore,’ versus, ‘We might nonetheless such as you to put on a masks, however it’s at your discretion,'” mentioned Dr. Mark Souder, DeKalb County well being commissioner.
Allen County Division of Well being Commissioner Dr. Matthew Sutter mentioned he hopes residents will make “good decisions” because the division discusses the change and find out how to implement it.
“I hope residents of Allen County…acknowledge the pandemic remains to be occurring, regardless of the rolling again of state mandates,” Sutter mentioned.
He advisable residents “defend themselves, their neighbors and members of the family by persevering with to apply precautions like sporting masks, washing fingers, socially distancing and getting vaccinated as quickly as they’ll.”
Souder added he hopes the governor’s motion “isn’t untimely,” particularly due to the upcoming spring break. Even earlier than the lifting of the masks mandate, “circumstances had been predicted to leap,” he mentioned.
Souder added, nevertheless, he was glad the governor saved the facial-covering rule in place for colleges, the place he sees some worrying indicators of a resurgence.
Within the final two months, Souder mentioned, DeKalb County has discovered 20% to 30% of recent circumstances in school-age kids, versus discovering just about no circumstances a 12 months in the past.
If the governor had not saved colleges below the mandate, “I might have put that in play right here” in DeKalb County, Souder mentioned, noting counties are free to be extra strict than the state relying on their circumstances.
Allen County’s Sutter mentioned if circumstances enhance because of fewer folks sporting masks, he would anticipate the numbers wouldn’t attain ranges seen earlier within the epidemic.
That is as a result of fewer folks, particularly susceptible folks similar to senior adults, had been vaccinated in opposition to COVID-19 then — or had developed immunity by recovering from the illness.
Allen County’s circumstances “have dramatically declined for the reason that November surge, however have plateaued…above what we had been seeing on this previous summer season,” Sutter mentioned.
However not too long ago they’ve begun growing, Sutter mentioned.