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MHP reopens select services

Major Health Partners (MHP) will begin resuming services this week that had previously been suspended due to COVID-19. This change falls in line with Indiana Governor Holcomb’s Executive Order issued Friday, April 24 to reopen essential health care services.  These services include in-person office visits as well as elective procedures and surgeries at the MHP Medical Center. The reopening process will be a slow and controlled process. 


“Our primary concern is the safety of our patients, their families and our staff,” said MHP Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Paula Gustafson.  Over the last few weeks, MHP shifted its operations to prepare for a surge of COVID-19 patients.  Extra precautions were initiated and new policies and procedures have been developed to help keep patients and staff safe and protected.   “Because of our advanced planning we are ready and able to safely provide care for our patients,” said Gustafson.  “We need to begin providing the necessary care that was temporarily delayed by the crisis.”

Reopening services does not, however, mean things will immediately return to ‘normal’.  Many COVID-19-related processes, such as screenings at entrances, restricting visitors, using PPE (personal protective equipment), and utilizing dedicated departments and care sites for patients with COVID-19 symptoms, will remain in place for the foreseeable future.  Universal masking for all providers, staff, patients and visitors at MHP will be ongoing. “The precautions we have taken make us as safe—if not safer—than other public places,” said Gustafson,


In public places, we encourage people to continue to follow the guidelines recommended by the CDC, including social distancing, frequent hand washing, and wearing masks in public places.  “These measures are part of our ‘new normal,’ everywhere we go, until breakthroughs in vaccination or treatment allow otherwise,” said Dr. Gustafson. 

Below are additional guidelines and protocols that will continue at the MHP Medical Center and outpatient clinics:

  • Video visits or telephone consults will be used when appropriate.
  • Visitor restrictions will remain in place.
  • Screenings for COVID-19 symptoms at all entrances will continue. This screening helps protect patients and staff by routing “high risk” patients to separate dedicated care locations, freeing up all other MHP offices and facilities to provide timely and safe care for non-respiratory patients.
  • Patients with symptoms of COVID-19 should continue to use the COVID-19 hotline, 317-392-DOCS (3627).
  • Increased cleaning and disinfection in patient and public areas, including some structural changes to better protect the public as well as staff.
  • MHP Café will continue to be closed to the general public.

These guidelines and protocols are fluid and subject to change as we continue to assess the activity of COVID-19 in our community and local region, as well as other factors that could affect patient and staff safety. 




Shelby County announces absentee voting times, dates

Absentee voting will begin in the lobby of the Shelby County Courthouse on Tuesday, May 26, 2020.


Voting hours will be Tuesday through Friday starting May 26 to May 29 during the hours of 8:00 am to 4:00 pm.  The Courthouse will also be open for voting on Saturday, May 30, 2020 from 8:00 am to 3:00 pm., and Monday, June 1, 2020 from 8:00 am to noon. 


Anyone wishing to vote at the Courthouse please use the west entrance off the parking lot. Absentee voting will be conducted on the first floor of the Courthouse.


With the COVID-19 pandemic and concern for public safety, we encourage anyone wanting to vote early, to vote by mail, if possible, to reduce public contact. May 21, 2020 is the deadline by 11:59 pm for the Circuit Court Clerk to receive an absentee ballot application from an applicant requesting delivery of an absentee ballot by mail. Applications may be submitted to the Circuit Court Clerk in person, by fax, by mail or by e-mail. 


Any questions regarding the Primary Election to be held June 2, 2020, the public can call the Voter Registration Office at 317-392-6324.

The Strand in Shelbyville says volunteers needed before audience, shows return

Going out to eat, to a concert, to a ballgame….all things the public is wondering about during this COVID-19 pandemic.  For David Finkel and Shelbyville’s Strand Theatre concerns about getting back to normal go even beyond that.


Finkel says getting the staffing back together for The Strand must happen before they can even consider scheduling performances.  And that means breaking habits that have been born during the shutdown.



As for getting back to normal, scheduling doesn’t come easy.  Especially for those that call The Strand home.



Finkel mentions just a few of the nearly 40 lost performances so far this year, including a one-man show featuring Winston Churchill.



Finkel says performances may return before the audience does, depending on how the state introduces breaking down the stay-at-home order.  Streaming shows may be a part of beginning again at The Strand.


Relief grants help Shelby County non-profits respond and survive

Last week on April 22, the Blue River Community Foundation approved the guidelines for Rapid Relief Grants, and today, just five days later, seven organizations will receive the first round of relief grants totaling over $33,000. These organizations have begun new programs to help those they serve through the COVID-19 crisis, have had an increased need, or have had lost revenue due to cancelled programs. They are: Mainstreet Shelbyville Inc., Arc of Shelby County (Senses), J. Kenneth Self Boys Club (for both Shelbyville and Morristown clubs), Girls Inc. of Shelbyville/Shelby County, Shelby County Players, Shelby County St. Vincent DePaul Society of Shelby County, and Shares Inc.


The application is available on the Blue River Community Foundation website. Applications will be reviewed as they are received, so long as funds are available.


In addition, Pantry Pals (a BRCF fund) has sent two waves of funding to the seven local pantries since March 20th, totaling $20,750.


A $10,000 grant to Shelby County Development Corporation has helped provide legal guidance to many Shelby County small businesses and non-profits with the CARES act loans. Generous donors John C. DePrez Jr. and Lee Marks used their donor-advised fund to provide meals to MHP Medical Center from The Fiddlers Three Restaurant and Pub, supporting both the hardworking medical professionals and a local restaurant.


In the coming days, BRCF will work closely with SCUFFY to create a plan for the Emergency Relief Initiative through the United Ways of Indiana, which will provide $275,000 to Shelby County to help with relief and recovery from the COVID-19 crisis.


“The Foundation has been working hard to stay current regarding the assistance that is available to individuals, non-profits, and small business in our community.  We have also created the relief grants and will be working with all of our partners toward plans for recovery,” explained Amy Haacker, executive director of the Blue River Community Foundation. The Foundation is keeping this link of resources current (https://indd.adobe.com/view/2e858bdb-3785-4681-9826-2c0af8a759f1), so check back frequently. The link includes other grants that are available for artists, youth serving organizations, and arts and culture organizations.


To join the Blue River Community Foundation in supporting Shelby County, make a tax-deductible donation to the Shelby County Disaster Relief Fund, or any other funds, on our website:https://www.blueriverfoundation.com/donate-now.  Provisions in the CARES act allow donors to deduct $300 from their taxes for charitable contributions, even if they do not itemize.

2020 SCUFFY Art Contest winners

Payton DuVall may only be in the 5th grade, but this year her artistic talent has received quite a few accolades.


Her design was chosen for the Loperchaun 5K Run T-shirt, before the event was cancelled due to social distancing. And now, she has been selected as the Grand Prize Winner of the SCUFFY Art Contest.



Fourth and fifth grade art students from across the county participated in this year’s SCUFFY Art Contest.  Luckily, SCUFFY was able to gather the entries before schools and businesses shut down. A panel of three judges reviewed all of the artwork submitted and selected the top picks.


First place winners from each school in Shelby County received a $20.00 Chamber Check gift certificate and first, second and third place received ribbons. Those prizes were sponsored by five generous community donors who have an interest in the arts and youth: Boys and Girls Club, The Bicycle Shop, Brammer & Yeend, Girls Inc. and Shelby County Players.


Payton received her award and picked out her prize – a new bicycle from The Bicycle Shop – on Friday, April 24.


With Payton at celebrate her award were her parents, Missy DuVall and Joe DuVall and her sister Ella – as well as Loper Art Teacher Eric Sutton and his classroom assistant/mother Erika Vredeveld. SCUFFY’s new Executive Director Alecia Gross was also on hand to present the grand prize ribbon.


Payton’s mom said that Payton always gives 110% effort to assignments. “Drawing is something she really enjoys. She must have got her talent from her dad,” Missy DuVall joked.


Payton said she really enjoyed creating the SCUFFY Art. Some of the elements in her piece included a sprawled-out pig, a VW bug Meals on Wheels delivery car, and a purple ribbon representing the Cancer Association of Shelby County. She said she wanted to show how SCUFFY provides services throughout the county – not just in one location. And she explained that, “almost every farm has a pig somewhere in the mud.”


Gross said that she remembers participating in the SCUFFY Art Contest in elementary school. “My big accomplishment was coming in second place one year,” she said. “It is a great honor to be able to recognize talent such as Payton’s.”


“The Art Contest and Voice of SCUFFY contests are great ways to educate the youth in our community and help get them engaged in the mission of SCUFFY and its agencies,” Gross added.


The SCUFFY Art Contest is open to all Shelby County children in grades 4 and 5.   from each school in the Shelbyville Central, Southwestern, Northwestern and Shelby Eastern school districts, as well as in the category of private schools/homeschools – giving great incentive for children, and schools, to participate. 


Sutton said that his students spent about five weeks developing and executing their artwork. This year he decided to mix things up a bit by having the students build their entries from cut-out construction paper.


“I think they enjoyed the process of cutting and gluing and pasting together their art. They were able to choose any colors they wanted and really make it their own,” Sutton said.


As part of the project, Sutton discussed with his classes each of the SCUFFY agencies and the role they play in supporting our community. He then displayed the theme and agency logos and talked about the main idea for the poster.


SCUFFY’s 66th drive helps support its twelve member agencies: Boy Scouts, Boys Club, Cancer Association of Shelby County, Project Clothes for Kids, Girls Inc., Girl Scouts, Head Start, Meals on Wheels, The Salvation Army, Shelby Senior Services, Turning Point, and USO of Indiana.


Vredeveld said she helped take Sutton’s idea and simplify it for the students. The students learned about different types of bridges – walking, trestle and highway – and how to use colors to depict different settings.


The Bicycle Shop owner Tim McKinney helped Payton choose a bike to fit her properly. He said, “Donating the bike is a way to give something to the community. SCUFFY does so much for so many.” McKinney began donating a bike to the SCUFFY Art Contest winner in 1993. But the tradition has been in place for many years prior to that.


He said his former business partner Kevin McLeod had owned a Schwinn shop in downtown Shelbyville for many years. That store was donating bikes to the cause in the early 1980s. From there, the tradition has continued.


Payton’s father Joe DuVall said he tells both of his girls every day that he couldn’t be more proud of them – they are both amazing children. “I guess I need to get myself a bike now so we can enjoy some family bike rides,” he concluded.


Other county winners were:

Hendricks Fourth Grade: 1st Chloe Higdon, 2nd Conner Owens 3rd Reagan Dillon; Hendricks Fifth Grade 1st   Brad Theobald, 2nd Andrew Owens, 3rd Bella Mounger


Loper 4th Grade: 1st Chloe Claxton, 2nd Ava Borchardt, 3rd   Gracie Jacobs; Loper 5th Grade 1st DuVall, 2nd Chase Johnson, 3rd Emma Rios


Morristown 4th Grade: 1st Taylor Nicole Tragesser, 2nd Chloe Longwell, 3rd  Landen Rinzel; Morristown 5th Grade: 1st Eli Joseph Graves, 2nd No entry, 3rd No entry


St. Joseph 4th Grade: 1st Myriam Leon-Cruz, 2nd Macey Robbins, 3rd I-ris Diaz; St. Joseph 5th Grade:1st Maddie Huntsman, 2nd Molly Johnson, 3rd Taylor Abell


Southwestern Elementary 4th Grade: 1st Hayden Billerman, 2nd Mallory McInerny, 3rd Haley Hansford; Southwestern Elementary 5th Grade: 1st Emma Bonebrake, 2ndAutumn Collins, 3rd Kelsey Stringer


Triton Elementary 4th Grade: 1stMadison Swisher, 2nd Bryan Aukerman, 3rd Bronwen Craft; Triton Middle School 5th Grade: no entries


Waldron 4th Grade: 1s tMacy Larrison, 2nd Abigail Lockridge, 3rd Maritza Cardemas; Waldron 5th Grade: 1st Jazmyne Schultz, 2nd Brooklyn Milbourn, 3rd Avery Haehl


Coulston 4th Grade: 1st Julie Garrison, 2nd Brigid McKenney, 3rd Donna Mariscal; Coulston 5th Grade: 1st Megan Harpring, 2nd Erica Viderique-Carreto, 3rd Harika Patel


All of the winning artwork will be featured on SCUFFY’s website (www.scuffy.org) and via social media (Facebook: Shelby County United Fund; Twitter and Instagram @scuffy3). 

Ohio man denied being in crashed car, charged by Shelbyville PD

A Cincinnati man crashed his car in Shelbyville then denied he was in the car.


Shelbyville Police  report Sean Thomas Walker was the driver of a vehicle that exited I-74, crossed State Road 44 and crashed at 1:45 pm Monday.  Walker walked to the nearby gas station to purchase a few items.  From there, he left walking east.


He was found by police walking from the scene.  Officers say he denied being in the car but witnesses identified him.


Walker was charged with leaving the scene and driving while suspended.

Governor issues revised Stay at Home Order. Also extends orders limiting state gov't services and restaurant, bar restrictions

Governor Eric J. Holcomb Monday issued a revised Stay At Home order that lasts through May 1 and is designed to limit interactions among Hoosiers to increase containment of COVID-19. As of today, 11,686 people have tested positive and 569 people have died from the disease in Indiana. There are now positive tests in 92 of 92 counties. Click here to see the executive order: https://www.in.gov/gov/2384.htm


As a part of this action, Gov. Holcomb also extended through May 1 the orders that limit in-person public activity at state government offices and put restrictions on the operation of restaurants, bars and nightclubs.


“I want to thank Hoosiers in every corner of our state who have stayed socially-distanced and hunkered down. Lives are being saved, and we’re slowing the spread,” Gov. Holcomb said. “Continuing the course at this time is essential to flattening the curve while we also prepare to safely reopen Indiana for business.”


While the Stay At Home order chiefly continues as is, EO 20-22 brings clarity to some essential businesses.

  • As long as sufficient personal protective equipment (PPE), staff and other supplies are available for the COVID-19 response, hospitals should conduct medically necessary procedures, such as those determining cancer diagnosis and cardiac issues, respiratory procedures, and procedures to reduce significant pain or symptoms making quality of life unacceptable.
    • Any restrictions involving medical procedures will be evaluated every seven days for appropriate and timely modifications that could be implemented.
  • Permitted outdoor activity as described in the executive order includes yard work, gardening, planting and landscaping at residential, commercial and industrial properties and farms.
    • Nurseries and garden centers may be open for business as long as they limit the number of customers in their facility at any given time to achieve the Centers for Disease Control’s required social distancing, limit their hours of operation and consider implementing separate operating hours for the elderly and other vulnerable customers, and comply with the social distancing, sanitation and other mitigation measure to protect its employees and the public.
  • Pet grooming at a pet salon, store or mobile unit is permitted.


The Critical Industries Hotline continues to be available from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. ET Monday through Friday to respond to business and industry questions about whether a business is considered essential. The center may be reached by calling 877-820-0890 or by emailing covidresponse@iedc.in.gov


Answers to frequently asked questions and instructions to file for COVID-19-related unemployment are available at Unemployment.IN.gov.


A link to the updated Stay-At-Home Order FAQ may be found here: https://www.in.gov/gov/3232.htm Please refer to this FAQ page for guidance and clarifications. 

I-70 project shutdown in Indy expected to take just 30 days because of stay-at-home measures

Interstate 70 will be completely shut down this week in downtown Indianapolis from the North Split to I-465 on the east side. It's for a rehab project that INDOT had originally said would take five months to complete this spring and into the summer months.


The eastbound lanes of the interstate are already closed and the westbound lanes will be closed off by Friday. The eastbound lanes will reopen May 14th while the westbound lanes will reopen May 22.

The department had planned on using partial closures on the stretch of interstates since so many people use it to get in and out of the city, but because of Gov. Holcomb's stay at home order due to the coronavirus 50-percent fewer people are coming in and out of downtown. So they decided to completely shut down I-70.


"There are a lot less people coming into the city right now so we thought we'd take advantage of that and get this work done," said INDOT spokeswoman Mallory Duncan to WISH-TV. "It gives us hours and hours of work that our guys don't have to do now."


Duncan said under partial closures, it takes a lot of time and effort to build new traffic patterns to divert traffic around the parts of the interstate they are working on. That, in turn, makes the project last longer. With the complete closure, they don't have to do that and focus solely on the rehab work.

What was a five-month-long project will now be finished in 30 days, said Duncan. That will also save INDOT and taxpayers around $10 million.

Saturday's Shelbyville Car and Truck Cruise expected to bring dozens of classic cars

It's a moving car show Saturday intended to brighten a rather bleak COVID-19 situation.


Brandtley Miller updates information for the Shelbyville Car and Truck Cruise (original story below):



See the Shelbyville Car and Truck Cruise on Facebook.




Brandtley Miller saw the reaction when he got his classic car out of the garage.  He hopes he can provide more of that this weekend.


Miller says he’s putting together a car show.  Or, for the purposes of dealing with COVID-19, a traveling car show.



The idea for the event was sparked by that drive Miller took a couple weeks ago.



Miller bought his car in Anchorage, Alaska in 2016 and trailered it all the way back to Indiana.  He was active duty Army and Anchorage was his last duty station.


You can see more and make contact with Miller through the event’s Facebook page.  He says they’re still hammering out details.



Girls Inc making a difference during COVID-19

Girls Inc President and CEO Amy Dillon explains that keeping in touch with the kids who can't be at the facility due to COVID-19 is her staff's focus.


Also, Dave Fisher highlights the SCUFFY Drive in this Morning Show conversation on GIANT fm.



Business tax deadlines remain unchanged for upcoming months

The Indiana Department of Revenue (DOR) has recently announced several tax filing and payment deadline extensions as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, however, filing and payment requirements and dates for taxes collected by businesses remain unchanged.


All recently announced extensions for state individual and corporate tax filing and payment deadlines are listed on DOR’s Coronavirus web page at dor.in.gov/7078.htm.


Business taxes, including sales, withholding income, food and beverage, county innkeeper’s and heavy equipment rental excise tax remain due on the standard due dates as listed on DOR’s website at dor.in.gov/3344.htm. Interest and penalties will apply if filing and payment deadlines are missed and will not be automatically waived.


Filing on time is critical. After completing the required filing, if a business owner is unable to make a scheduled payment, payment plans are available.


“The DOR team is here to help all Hoosiers continue to comply with their tax filing and payment requirements,” explained DOR Commissioner Bob Grennes. “Ignoring those requirements results in additional penalties and interest that can be avoided by filing on time and reaching out to our team for assistance.”


DOR's Customer Service Team is available to help answer questions and setup payment arrangements Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., EST.


  • Customers with questions regarding sales, county innkeeper’s or food and beverage taxes should call 317-233-4015.
  • Customers with questions regarding withholding income tax should call 317-233-4016.

$96.52 million to Indiana airports in response to COVID-19; Shelbyville, Columbus, Greensburg

U.S. Secretary of Transportation Elaine L. Chao announced the U.S. Department of Transportation’s (DOT) Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) will award $96,523,889 in airport aid to 65 airports in Indiana to help respond to the COVID-19 public health emergency. This historic grant funding is part of the Trump Administration’s newly created Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act Airport Grant Program, an effort to provide unprecedented and immediate relief to American families, workers, and businesses. 


“This $10 billion in emergency resources will help fund the continued operations of our nation’s airports during this crisis and save workers’ jobs,” said U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao.


This funding will support continuing operations and replace lost revenue resulting from the sharp decline in passenger traffic and other airport business due to the COVID-19 public health emergency. The funds are available for airport capital expenditures, airport operating expenses including payroll and utilities, and airport debt payments.


Among the Indiana recipients:

Shelbyville - Shelbyville Municipal - $30,000

Columbus - Columbus Municipal - $69,000

Greensburg - Greensburg Municipal - $30,000


“Thank you to the dedicated men and women from the FAA’s Office of Airports for creating an entirely new program in record time to assist airport sponsors in desperate need of these funds,” said FAA Administrator Steve Dickson. 


View a list of Indiana airports receiving funding on an interactive map, along with funding for all U.S. airports on FAA’s website.


The FAA encourages airport sponsors to spend the grant funds immediately to help minimize any adverse impact from the current public health emergency. Airport sponsors should work with their local FAA Office of Airports field office on the application and grant-agreement process.


The CARES Act also provides funds to increase the Federal share to 100 percent for grants awarded under the fiscal year 2020 appropriations for Airport Improvement Program (AIP) and Supplemental Discretionary grants. Under normal circumstances, AIP grant recipients contribute a matching percentage of the project costs. Providing this additional funding and eliminating the local share will allow critical safety and capacity projects to continue as planned regardless of airport sponsors’ current financial circumstances.


The FAA will use a streamlined application and grant-agreement process to make this funding immediately available for critical airport needs. The funds will be available as soon as the airport sponsor executes a grant agreement.


The CARES Act provides new funds distributed by various formulas for all airports that are part of the national airport system. This includes all commercial service airports, all reliever airports and some public-owned general aviation airports.



A turning point in Indiana's COVID-19 battle?

Is Indiana turning a corner in the COVID-19 pandemic?  Wednesday’s press conference with the governor and state health commissioner offered some hope in that direction.

State Health Commissioner Dr. Kris Box.


Governor Eric Holcomb said ‘opening’ Indiana could be a region-by-region endeavor.  He noted if information continues to trend weland Hoosiers keep helping that it could mean good news soon.


Dr. Box tried to clarify Tuesday’s order that authorized long-term care facilities to transfer, discharge, transport or relocate residents in order to reduce the risks of COVID-19 to this vulnerable population.


A copy of the order can be found at https://coronavirus.in.gov.


Shelbyville bridge deck overlay to begin on Knightstown Rd and Morris Avenue / Old Rushville Rd

The INDOT contractor, HIS Constructors, Inc. for the bridge deck overlay projects on the Knightstown Rd and the Morris Avenue / Old Rushville Rd overpasses will be starting on the Knightstown Road job Thursday morning, April 16, and intend to be finished with it by May 8.


The last address accessible from the south is 599 N Knightstown Rd and last address accessible from the north is 665 N Knightstown Rd.  The detour is Morris Av to Old Rushville Rd to 200 N, then back west to the Knightstown Rd.


They have scheduled the Morris AV / Old Rushville Rd job to start on May 26 and be open again on June 15.           

Repair of Boggstown Road bridge to take 6-8 weeks

An emergency bridge repair will keep a section of Boggstown Road closed for over a month.


Shelby County Commissioner Kevin Nigh says Bridge 189 was a surprise closure last week.



Work is underway on the bridge on Boggstown Road between 200 West and 350 West.



The project should take six to eight weeks.


Disaster program gives Hoosiers greater access to food assistance amid COVID-19 pandemic

Indiana residents who need help feeding their families during the COVID-19 pandemic will have greater access to assistance from food banks and pantries through a Disaster Household Distribution program approved by the USDA Food and Nutrition Service (FNS).?


The disaster distribution program uses commodity foods from The Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP), which is administered by the Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH), and is effective from today through May 14, 2020. The goal is to increase access to food assistance to those in need. Priority will be given to Hoosiers who are suffering significant economic losses.


During the COVID-19 response, food banks and partner agencies have largely shifted to drive-through distributions. Through the DHD program, current TEFAP food banks will use the network of new and existing mobile pantries to distribute food packages to families in need. It is anticipated a total of 250 sites, including mobile pantries, will assist with food distribution throughout the state, primarily in rural areas. Marion County will use Indianapolis Public School buses, community centers and a drive-through location at Gleaners Food Bank to ensure that families have easy access to food resources.


Each household receiving food through this program can receive one prepackaged 25-pound box that includes a variety of foods, including, but not limited to, canned and packaged fruits, vegetables, soups, sauces, noodles, beans, nuts, juices and meats. If frozen and/or refrigerated storage is available at a site, those items also will be distributed.?


Individuals should contact their local food bank or pantry to determine whether they are participating in the DHD program. For additional information, please visit wic.in.gov or find a food pantry near you by using Indiana’s food assistance map.

Shelbyville planning for COVID-19 casino impact

Social distancing restrictions because of the coronavirus and the stay at home order from Gov. Eric Holcomb have force casinos to close and sportsbooks to stop taking bets.


Online sports betting has all but stalled out as well in Indiana with so many sports postponing and canceling games. In the month of March, the state lost out on around $125 million in gambling tax dollars.


The impact of closed casinos will be felt in Shelbyville and Shelby County with Indiana Grand Racing & Casino.  The true measure may be further down the road.


Shelbyville Mayor Tom DeBaun.



The mayor says they’ve already had discussions looking ahead to future budgets.



Will the city’s daily activities look exactly the same in the wake of COVID-19?



The governor will tweak some of the requirements to Indiana's stay at home order at the end of the week, with a likely extension next Monday.






MHP COVID-19 Daily Update - April 10

NEW SERVICEhttps://www.mymhp.org/services/virtual-visits/ 

    • 859 Total Telehealth visits
    • 530 MHP Family & Internal Medicine Telehealth visits
    • 68 MHP Nephrology & Infectious Disease Telehealth visits
    • 5 MHP OBGYN Telehealth visits
    • 45 MHP Pediatrics Telehealth visits
    • 29 MHP Priority Care Telehealth visits (Washington St. clinic included)
    • 58 MHP Psychology Telehealth visits
    • 86 MHP Pulmonology Telehealth visits
    • 9 MHP Sports Medicine Telehealth visits
    • 9 OnsiteSolutions Telehealth visits
    • 20 MHP Wound Clinic Telehealth visits


    • Face shields:  All direct caregivers are encouraged to wear face shields and not just goggles for added precaution.  We are providing face shields for all staff who need one. 
    • Proper gowning and gloving:  The proper use of PPE is our best defense to protect our staff and patients.  On Monday, two surgical staff members will offer an in-service to ensure all staff are donning and doffing appropriately.  This will help prevent the spread and help decrease cross-contamination.  Some of our staff have been deployed to areas where they may not feel as comfortable and may be performing tasks that require new skill sets. PPE is the most important part our job and ensuring we are all doing it correctly will ease fears and increase protection. 
    • Nursing homes:  We are testing a few nursing home patients for COVID.  It will take a few days to receive the results. 
    • Suburban Hospitals:  We are working with the other Suburban hospitals to share scarce resources and potentially accept patient transfers or even share staff if it becomes necessary. 



  • When can COVID-19 patients be released to work
    • People with COVID-19 who have stayed home (home isolated) can stop home isolation under the following conditions:
      • If you will not have a test to determine if you are still contagious, you can leave home after these three things have happened:
        • You have had no fever for at least 72 hours (that is three full days of no fever without the use medicine that reduces fevers) AND
        • other symptoms have improved (for example, when your cough or shortness of breath have improved) AND
        • at least 7 days have passed since your symptoms first appeared
      • If you will be tested to determine if you are still contagious, you can leave home after these three things have happened:
        • You no longer have a fever (without the use medicine that reduces fevers) AND
        • other symptoms have improved (for example, when your cough or shortness of breath have improved) AND
        • you received two negative tests in a row, 24 hours apart. 



    • PPE: With our low census, PPE supply is stable at this time.   
    • Other supplies:  Paper product such as paper towels are now on allocation.  We received approximately 40% of what we ordered.   
    • Re-processing N95 masks:  We are doing this in our Hydrogen Peroxide Gas Plasma sterilizer. This process has been validated and the biologicals have come back negative and the swabs from the test have come back “no growth”. 
    • We need your empty hand sanitizer bottles.  We are making our own hand sanitizer and need your empty containers in order to reuse.      
    • Do you have items that you would like to donate?  (hand sanitizer, masks, respirators, gloves, N95, bouffant caps, or gowns).  If so, please contact Angela Gill (agill@majorhospital.org)
    • Food Donations:  Several community supporters have called to offer to donate food for our staff and physicians.  Some are also doing it as a way to support those restaurants who are struggling to stay afloat while they are only open for carryout.  We are extremely grateful for all the community support and selfless gestures.  If you would like to find out more information, please contact Angela Gill (agill@majorhospital.org).   


    • Priority Care located at 30 W. Rampart Road: Treated 13 patients yesterday with respiratory signs/symptoms.  Priority Care is open 7AM-7PM Monday through Friday and 8AM-2PM on Saturdays and Sundays.  
    • Washington St. Clinic located at 157 W. Washington St:  Washington St Clinic treated 11 patients yesterday with respiratory signs/symptoms.   Washington St. Clinic is open 8AM to 4:30PM Monday through Friday.

Frosty start to Easter weekend

Protect your vegetation and prepare for colder temperatures. That’s the message from the National Weather Service in Indianapolis.


A frost warning goes into effect from 2 am to 9 am Saturday.


“The winds are going to be much weaker. Winds are only going to be 3-7 mph, which allows for that dew to freeze into that frost you see in the morning, which causes issues with the vegetation. If things have been planted up to this point, they are generally very sensitive to the cold weather, especially those first few weeks,” says National Weather Service in Indianapolis Meteorologist Andrew White.


White says it is not just this weekend that cold temperatures will stick around.


“If people have gone and put out some of their spring gardens or some of their spring flowers, in addition to the planting that any farmers would have done, those will be susceptible to the cold tomorrow and then into next week. If you can get some of it inside, that would be great, especially because we’re considering this cold weather really to continue through the middle of the month,” White says.


If you can’t bring it in, then White recommends you cover it up or doing anything you can to limit the exposure the plants get during the overnight hours.


After 9 am Saturday, temperatures will warm up to a high near 60 in some places across Indiana. Then on Sunday, there is a chance for thunderstorms.


“Here locally in Indiana, there are some chances for some thunderstorms during the day Sunday. At this point, it is still a little too early to think we’re going to see anything other than thunderstorms,” says White.

POET says Shelbyville plant delayed due to COVID-19 economic impact

POET announced it will idle production at its bioprocessing facilities in Chancellor, S.D., Ashton, Iowa, and Coon Rapids, Iowa, and delay the start-up of its new plant in Shelbyville, as producers across the United States continue to grapple with the economic fallout of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.


On an annualized basis, these operational changes are expected to reduce corn demand by 110 million bushels, freezing 330 million gallons of ethanol production across the four facilities. POET has also significantly slowed production at other facilities, further decreasing corn demand.

“Across the board, biofuel producers and our partners in the farm community face an unprecedented challenge,” said POET Founder and CEO Jeff Broin. “From day one of this crisis, we have placed the highest priority on protecting the health and welfare of our workers, partners and farm suppliers. At the same time, we are working hard to ensure that every biorefinery remains well-positioned to support a strong and swift recovery once daily life returns to normal. That means responding dynamically to shifting conditions and optimizing production, market by market, as the situation evolves over the next few months.

“Unfortunately, plummeting fuel demand amid the coronavirus pandemic has overwhelmed markets already suffering from continued trade barriers, a foreign price war over oil and regulatory uncertainty here at home. In South Dakota, the crisis has been compounded by one of the worst growing seasons in memory. As a result, POET is taking the difficult step of idling production at our biorefineries in Chancellor, Ashton and Coon Rapids and delaying the start-up of Shelbyville.”

Ethanol producers across the country are slashing production amid the ongoing crisis. Nationally, experts predict a decline in fuel demand of up to 55 percent. If these conditions persist, it will result in an annualized drop in ethanol demand of up to eight billion gallons or 2.7 billion bushels of corn.

“As always, we will continue monitoring the situation closely and working with team members at each plant to stay ahead of market changes as the situation continues to evolve day by day,” said POET President and Chief Operating Officer Jeff Lautt. “We remain optimistic that elected leaders will move ahead swiftly on efforts to shore up the rural economy and deliver relief for struggling families. We are fully committed to protecting the strong, stable biofuel markets that America’s farmers need now more than ever, and we look forward to rebuilding and growing America's agricultural markets.”

Assistance for Shelby County businesses and non-profit organizations to apply for emergency relief

COVID-19 has forced the closure or reduction of a large percentage of small businesses in Shelby County, especially those that serve the public: restaurants, retail, and non-essential personal services like salons. In addition to being an important sector of our economy and collectively a major employer, these businesses are amenities that make Shelby County an attractive place to live.


The CARES Act, which includes the Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL), the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), and a variety of other tax credits provide immediate relief in the form of low interest loans, some of which are forgivable. These programs are available to non-profit organizations as well. The application process varies between the programs, and the quick rollout has resulted in a lack of understanding and confusion. Shelby County Development Corporation (SCDC) has partnered with the Blue River Community Foundation, Mainstreet Shelbyville, and the Shelby County Chamber of Commerce to arrange for professional assistance with the EIDL loan/grant that will infuse businesses with relief funds of $10,000 within a short time frame. Locally owned, independent, brick and mortar Shelby county businesses with fewer than 35 employees and Shelby County non-profit organizations are eligible for the assistance.


Through grant funds provided by the Blue River Community Foundation, the local advisors listed below will assist small businesses and non-profit organizations with completion of the EIDL. This assistance is provided at no cost. In the near future, the program may expand to offer assistance with the PPP or other relief opportunities, but this phase of assistance is specifically to help with the EIDL funds. Small businesses and organizations not currently working with an attorney or accountant should contact their choice of the advisors participating in the program, listed below.


Brown, DePrez & Johnson, P.A.

Peter G. DePrez

H.Curtis Johnson

Andrew M. Eads

Tyler E. Brant

Telephone: 317.398.6688

email: covid19@shelbylaw.com


McNeely Law LLP

Jacob S. Brattain




Stephenson Rife LLP

Jeremy Musgrave, Attorney

Eric Glasco, Attorney

Office: 317-680-2011



Shelbyville's Jo-el Gilbert is missing the end of her senior year

Shelbyville High School senior Jo-el Gilbert should be worried about normal things - going to class, Golden Bear softball, prom and graduation.


COVID-19 has taken away the normal from the end of the school year.



Gilbert hoped that maybe her softball team might get some time on the field with a return to school.  But now that's been erased.



Gilbert still holds out some hope for new dates for prom and graduation.



Even home life gets impacted by the pandemic.  Gilbert recently celebrated an 18th birthday but wasn't able to get everyone together for a party.









Cold front could be accompanied by storms

Weather is in the news with dropping temperatures and potential severe weather in the forecast.


Severe storms are possible this evening and overnight ahead of a cold front. Damaging winds, large hail, isolated tornadoes are all possible. Locally heavy rain and frequent lightning are possible with any storm.


The primary window for severe weather is 7:00 PM to 1:00 AM EDT.



During the day today look for partly cloudy skies and warm temperatures. Much colder air moves in for Thursday.



Governor issues new Stay at Home order Also extends orders limiting state government services and restaurant, bar restrictions

Governor Eric J. Holcomb today issued a new two-week Stay At Home order designed to limit interactions among Hoosiers to increase containment of COVID-19. As of today, 4,944 people have tested positive and 139 people have died from the disease. There are now positive tests in 89 of 92 counties. Click here to see the executive order: https://www.in.gov/gov/2384.htm


As a part of this action, Gov. Holcomb also extended for two weeks the orders that limit in-person public activity at state government offices and put restrictions on the operation of restaurants, bars and nightclubs.


“Hoosiers have done a great job adapting to the new rules put in place during this public health emergency, but I believe the next two weeks to month could be the most critical for all of us,” said Gov. Holcomb. “So I am asking you to take even more precautions: only make in-person purchases when absolutely needed and use other delivery and pickup options when available. Limit who is traveling with you and entering stores.”


While the Stay At Home order chiefly continues as is, modifications and restrictions have been made to limit interactions among people. Here are some highlights of EO 20-18:

  • Retail businesses that provide necessities of life may remain open but should limit the number of customers in the establishment at any given time; implement hours for elderly and other vulnerable populations, as well as limit hours of operation to restock and clean; and comply with all mitigation measures to protect employees and the public. A list of such businesses is included in the executive order.
  • All other retail business may remain open if they restrict sales to online or call-in ordering with delivery or curbside pickup.
  • Professional services should be conducted virtually or by telephone.
  • All campgrounds will be closed except for those who use recreational vehicles or cabins as their primary residence. State parks remain open to daily visitors.
  • Hoosiers are reminded that all public and private gatherings of any kind that include more than 10 people are prohibited.
  • All employers, regardless of type, must continue to comply with the Indiana Occupational Safety and Health Administration (IOSHA) standards and safety and health standards established and enforced by IOSHA. IOSHA is actively accepting and investigating complaints of violations. The complaint process may be accessed at https://www.in.gov/dol/
  • In addition to IOSHA investigations, Gov. Holcomb has directed the creation of a multi-agency enforcement response team, led by the Indiana Alcohol and Tobacco Commission to respond to and investigate other violations of the new order. Much like the enforcement of the restaurant, bar and nightclub executive order, this team will be charged with helping business owners comply with the order before issuing a directive to close a business.


To allow retail, campgrounds and other establishments to make adjustments, enforcement will not begin until 24 hours after the order takes effect. The effective date and time of the order is 11:59 p.m. April 6 (today).


The Critical Industries Hotline will be available from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. ET Monday through Friday to respond to business and industry questions about whether a business is considered essential. The center may be reached by calling 877-820-0890 or by emailing covidresponse@iedc.in.gov


Answers to frequently asked questions and instructions to file for COVID-19-related unemployment are available at Unemployment.IN.gov.

St. Paul Tavern goes grocery during COVID-19 crisis

Val Phares never imagined himself in the grocery business.  But he probably never imagined closing his restaurants because of a coronavirus pandemic either.


The St. Paul Tavern has been a staple in that community for years.  For now, it has a new identity.  It's a grocery store.



Phares says they got the idea with the closure of the restaurant.



He details the efforts made for the conversion including changing supply orders.



He says they'll be open 7 days a week.  And if you need a local delivery, just ask.  Phares says they'll help when they can.



Contact the St. Paul Tavern - Grocery at 765-525-9502.



























Gov. Holcomb, Superintendent McCormick outline education changes for the remaining school year

Governor Eric J. Holcomb today signed an executive order requiring all K-12 schools in Indiana to provide instruction via remote learning for the remainder of the 2019-2020 school year and outlines options for districts to continue education during the fight against COVID-19. Click here for a link to the executive order: https://www.in.gov/gov/2384.htm


“Students are the future of our state and teachers are the heart of our schools,” Gov. Holcomb said. “While COVID-19 is impacting every classroom, our teachers, administrators, school board members and school staff are going to extraordinary levels to deliver quality learning to students all across our state, even while school buildings are closed. We’ll continue to do everything we can to empower educators and parents, while protecting students’ health.”


To complete the school year, all schools previously received a 20-day waiver to reduce the number of required in-person or remote instruction days to 160. Schools must continue to provide instruction via remote learning until they complete either:

  • 160 instructional days or
  • At least 20 additional days of remote learning between the date of the executive order (today) and the end of the school year. If a school completes 20 days and falls short of the required 160 instructional days, the Indiana Department of Education (IDOE) can waive the difference.

All K-12 schools will need to submit a plan for review and approval by IDOE by April 17. The plan can include eLearning, extended learning, project-based or portfolio learning, competency-based learning, partnerships with higher education for increased student supports, and other similar methods.


The governor, in conjunction with Superintendent of Public Instruction Dr. Jennifer McCormick, also directed the Indiana State Board of Education (SBOE) to provide flexibility for school corporations for students who are to graduate in 2020. A school corporation may issue an Indiana diploma to a student who has done all of the following:

  • Has met all of the course and credit requirements for the specific diploma designation based on a combination of high school credits earned prior to and the course in which a student was enrolled as of March 19, when the governor issued the statewide school closure.
  • Meets any virtual or remote learning participation requirements established by the governing body of the local school corporation in response to the statewide school closure order issued by the governor.
  • Meets any additional graduation requirements established by the governing body of the local school corporation prior to the school closure order issued by the governor.


The executive order also extends teacher licenses expiring between March 1, 2020 and Aug. 31, 2020 until Sept. 1, 2020.


Other deadlines and requirements for the current school year will be reviewed by Dr. McCormick, the executive director of SBOE, and relevant state agencies. They will submit recommendations to the Governor by April 7 for review and further action.

Decatur County enhances travel warning, closes restaurants

All Decatur County restaurants are now closed, increasing financial stress for workers already grappling with the governor’s statewide ban on in-person restaurant dining.


The Decatur County Board of Commissioners approved the emergency restrictions to slow the spread of coronavirus.


The county of 25,000 people has the state’s highest number of confirmed COVID-19 cases per capita.


Commissioners acknowledged the hardship imposed on businesses by the new measures, which include halting carryout and delivery services permitted in other counties under Gov. Eric Holcomb’s stay-at-home order.


“These restrictions will be revisited as the COVID-19 circumstances change,” the board of commissioners said in a Facebook post. “This is an ongoing and evolving public health crisis.”


Employees at Dairy Point, a family-owned Greensburg restaurant known for its ice cream, feared the closures would result in a local economic crisis.


“ not spending money. I know my coworkers aren’t spending any money. So it’s going to hurt the whole community,” said Diane Strasburger, an employee and lifelong customer at Dairy Point.


Strasburger says shutting down the dining area cost the restaurant an estimated 50% of its revenue.

A steady amount of customers placed their final carryout orders Wednesday evening before the countywide closures took effect. Several stopped by the restaurant to use the curbside delivery service.


Regular customers include Greensburg hospital workers, firefighters, police officers, and other essential workers on the front lines of the fight against coronavirus, she said.


“Law enforcement still needs fed. Our fire department still needs fed. Our customers need us here,” says Strasburger.


Restaurant owners learned about the new restrictions Tuesday night. Some disposed of food they had ordered in anticipation of ongoing delivery service.


Several barrels of Dairy Point ice cream would likely be thrown out, workers said.


Despite her concerns about the future of restaurants, Strasburger said she appreciated the ramped-up response to the coronavirus pandemic.


“I mean, I know two of the people ,” she said. “I grew up with one. I know it’s bad. I know the virus is bad. But I know it’s bad everywhere. Why isn’t it coming from the governor to shut down the whole state?”


Refusal to comply could result in permit suspension and arrest, according to county commissioners.

Violation of the emergency order deemed to be “knowing, intentional or reckless” is a class B misdemeanor punishable by up to 180 days in jail and a fine of up to $1,000.

Asphalt resurface project begins next week on I-74 in Decatur County

Work is expected to begin next week on a $9.7 million asphalt resurface contract on I-74 in Decatur County.


A nine-mile section of the interstate will be patched, milled and repaved between Greensburg and New Point. 


Both day and nighttime lane closures will be in effect beginning on or after Monday, April 6. A 55 mph speed restriction (when flashing) will also be in place.

The contract was awarded to Dave O'Mara Contractor Inc. in January and is expected to be complete by the end of September. Motorists should slow down, watch for slowed and/or stopped traffic, and drive distraction-free through all work zones. All work is weather dependent.

Shelby County resident Marsha Mings describes her COVID-19 experience

Shelby County resident Marsha Mings is home after a hospital stay due to COVID-19.


Mings said her ordeal started in the early morning hours of March 16.



Mings said fever was also present although it wasn’t the worst part of her illness.



She said getting the test results hits you even though it wasn’t a great surprise.



The family still doesn’t know how they contracted COVID-19 or from where.  Mings says her other family members are doing fine.



Mings says the virus just took so much out of her she wasn’t much phased by the hospital staff and medical staff treating her.  She said she began to feel better with the use of hydrochloroquine.



Mings says her faith was tested by the ordeal but didn’t waiver.



Mings says she and her parents are home recovering.  She doesn’t have a lot of energy and even simple household tasks can be taxing as she gets her strength back.