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Monroe County physical distancing and mask requirements to remain in place until May 28

<p>Sophomores Yatziri Moreno, left, and Meg Heinisch, right, meet Aug. 24, 2020, behind Bryan Hall. Monroe County’s physical distancing and mask requirements will stay in place until May 28, Penny Caudill, Monroe County Health Department Administrator, said at Bloomington’s weekly COVID-19 press conference Friday.</p>

Sophomores Yatziri Moreno, left, and Meg Heinisch, right, meet Aug. 24, 2020, behind Bryan Hall. Monroe County’s physical distancing and mask requirements will stay in place until May 28, Penny Caudill, Monroe County Health Department Administrator, said at Bloomington’s weekly COVID-19 press conference Friday.

Monroe County’s physical distancing and mask requirements will remain in place until May 28, Penny Caudill, Monroe County Health Department Administrator, said at Bloomington’s weekly COVID-19 press conference Friday.

Monroe County will continue to have a gathering limit of 50 people and Bloomington’s 15 person social gathering limit will remain.

Mayor John Hamilton said he was concerned with the rise in COVID-19 cases in recent weeks. 

“We are indeed backsliding measurably on progress against this pandemic, and I have to say it’s almost like we’ve seen this movie,” Hamilton said. 

Caudill said the rolling daily average cases in Monroe County now is over 30 per day. Monroe County has been at Indiana’s yellow advisory level for the past two weeks after previously being blue.

In Monroe County, 28,000 people, or 22% of those eligible, have been fully vaccinated, Caudill said. Over 44,000 people, or 34% of those eligible, have received their first dose, she said. 

Caudill said the goal is to have at least 75% of people fully vaccinated.

Kirk White, co-chair of the IU Bloomington Covid Response Unit, said the Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall vaccination clinic will have vaccinated over 7,000 people by the end of this week.

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