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MHP COVID-19 Update - May 28

DATE: May 28, 2020


Need a Telehealth Visit? 

    • Covid Testing:  Lilly is no longer offering drive-through testing to the public.  Lilly is ONLY scheduling and testing Lilly employees and their family members.  
      • There is a drive-through testing site at Shelbyville High School parking lot May 28th-30th from 9AM-6PM.  COVID-19 testing through the Indiana State Department of Health/Optum Serve Health Services: or by phone at (888) 634-1116. 
    • Pharmacy update:  We have 71 vials of Remdesivir currently.  No patient is currently on it at this time.  Our ventilation medications are stable as well. 
    • Screening patients at entrances:  For the foreseeable future, we will continue to screen all patients and essential visitors to our facilities. 
    • Supplies:  Disposable stethoscopes and procedure masks are increasing in our daily burn rate as we reopen.  We still have a sufficient supply at this time, but we are monitoring this for our next delivery to replenish supply. 
    • MHP Psychology walk-in crisis hours:  Beginning Monday, June 1st, MHP Psychology walk-in crisis hours will return to the normal schedule of 9:00am to 11:00am Monday through Friday. 
    • MHP Foundation:  Want to help?  Monetary gifts are greatly accepted.  Gifts can be made online at or by contacting Angela Gill at  Your gift may be used to purchase personal protection equipment, disinfecting supplies, testing/medical supplies, meals and other support for staff, assistance for patients with unmet Covid-19 related needs, and more. 


    • 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 (
    • 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 (   



    • Number of MHP patients tested: 1,820
    • Number of pending results: 89
    • Number of positive results: 232 (increase of 13 since 5/21)

Shelby County deputies make arrest after pursuit

A St. Paul man was arrested after a chase with Shelby County authorities Wednesday.


The Shelby County Sheriff’s Department says the initial call out of Decatur County indicated that Michael Abel was suicidal.  His vehicle was spotted on South State Road 9.  When an attempt was made to make a traffic stop on Abel he fled.


The pursuit reached Amos Road to the bypass and then to Michigan Road where the sheriff’s department report says Abel eventually gave up and stopped.


Abel was charged with resisting law enforcement and possession of a handgun without a license.

COVID-19 testing returns to Shelbyville HS on Thursday

The COVID-19 testing originally scheduled this week for Shelbyville High School was canceled last week.  Now, it's back on.


COVID-19 testing is back on for this week at the Shelbyville High School from 9:00 am to 6:00 pm each day, May 28-31.



Governor Eric Holcomb directs flags to be flown at half-staff

Governor Eric J. Holcomb is directing flags statewide to be flown at half-staff on Sunday to honor the victims of the Novel Coronavirus Pandemic.


Flags should be flown at half-staff from sunrise to sunset on Sunday, May 24.


Gov. Holcomb also asks businesses and residents across the state to lower their flags to half-staff on Sunday to commemorate the victims of the Novel Coronavirus Pandemic.

Stage 3 of Back on Track underway

Governor Eric J. Holcomb announced that because health indicators remain positive, most of the state will advance to stage 3 of the Back On Track Indiana plan on Friday, May 22.


Indiana Back On Track has five stages. For Cass, Lake and Marion counties – which started Stage 2 after other counties, stage 3 may begin on June 1. Local governments may impose more restrictive guidelines.


“We continue to remain vigilant about protecting Hoosiers’ health while taking responsible steps to further open our state’s economy,” Gov. Holcomb said. “Moving to stage 3 is possible because Hoosiers across the state have worked together and made sacrifices to slow the spread.”


Gov. Holcomb has used data to drive decisions since the state’s first case of the novel coronavirus in early March and he will continue to do so as the state contemplates a sector-by-sector reset. The state will move to reopen while continuing to monitor and respond to these four guiding principles:


  • The number of hospitalized COVID-19 patients statewide has decreased for 14 days
  • The state retains its surge capacity for critical care beds and ventilators
  • The state retains its ability to test all Hoosiers who are COVID-19 symptomatic as well as health care workers, first responders, and frontline employees
  • Health officials have systems in place to contact all individuals who test positive for COVID-19 and expand contact tracing


As the state lifts restrictions and more people return to work, visit a store or restaurant, and participate in more activities, the number of COVID-19 cases will increase. If these principles cannot be met, all or portions of the state may need to pause on moving forward or may need to return to an earlier phase of the governor’s stay-at-home order.


In Stage 3, Hoosiers 65 and over and those with high-risk health conditions – who are the most vulnerable to the coronavirus – should remain at home as much as possible. Face coverings in public places are recommended. Hoosiers who can work from home are encouraged to continue to do so.


Social gatherings of up to 100 people will be permitted following the CDC’s social distancing guidelines.


Retail and commercial businesses may open at 75% capacity. Shopping malls can open at 75% capacity with indoor common areas restricted to 50% capacity.


Gyms, fitness centers, yoga studios, martial arts studios, and similar facilities may open with restrictions. Class sizes should be limited. Equipment must be spaced to accommodate social distancing and cleaned after each use. No contact activities are permitted.


Community pools may open according to CDC guidance. Community tennis and basketball courts, soccer and baseball fields, YMCA programs, and similar facilities may open with social gathering and social distancing guidelines in place.


Community recreational youth and adult sports leagues may resume practices and conditioning while adhering to social gathering and social distancing guidelines. Contact sports, such as lacrosse and football, are prohibited, but conditioning and non-contact drills may take place.


Youth summer day camps may open on June 1.


Raceways may open with restrictions and no spectators.


Campgrounds may open restrictions, including social distancing and sanitation precautions. State park inns will reopen.


Restaurants and bars with restaurant services may continue to operate at 50% capacity, but bar seating must remain closed. Personal services such as hair salons, barber shops, nail salons, spas and tattoo parlors may continue to be open by appointment only and must follow social distancing guidelines.


Movie theaters and playgrounds, which had been projected to open in stage 3, will remain closed. Movie theaters are now projected to open along with other entertainment facilities and venues during stage 4. Playgrounds are to be determined.


If health indicators remain positive, the state will move to stage 4 in mid-June. To learn more about the different stages and the associated dates to get a better understanding about where we’re going as a state, click here to see the full plan:


The Governor has signed an executive order implementing stage 3 of the Back on Track Indiana roadmap. The executive order can be found here:


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


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

JCPenney back open at Greenwood Park Mall

JCPenney announced this week it is closing more than a fourth of its stores across the country for good, as part of its bankruptcy.  However, some stores in Indiana are re-opening, after shutting down in March because of the coronavirus pandemic.


According to Inside Indiana Business, seven JCPenney locations across the Hoosier state are re-opening Wednesday, including Greenwood Park Mall.


JCPenney is putting new safety precautions and guidelines in their stores, like having employees wear masks, signs reminding customers about social distancing, contactless checkout, and curbside pickup.


Shelby County 4H fair events will be held virtually

Out of an abundance of caution and in an effort to keep our youth, volunteers and community safe, the Shelby County 4-H Advisory Council in partnership with Purdue Extension Shelby County has elected to host our 4-H Fair events virtually this year.


While Indiana’s current Back on Track plan would allow for an event of this size by the 5th of July, it is not a guarantee. In addition, the requirements from Purdue University to use PPE, social distancing, constant sanitization, health screenings, registering of participants and visitors on the grounds, site security and enhanced animal handling procedures would make it nearly impossible to comply with policy and still provide a positive experience for our youth.


Youth will have the option to exhibit projects virtually via video, photo, etc. on our Fairentry system. Details on project submission and logistics of the virtual fair will be coming soon. Your 4-H Advisory Council and Extension staff are going to be working through all the logistics and developing resources for members and families.


Please know this decision was not taken lightly. Several community members were consulted in making this decision, including but not limited to: county commissioners, local health department, and others. In an effort to be transparent with all of you about this news, we want our 4-H families to know that we simply could not meet the requirements presented to us with the facilities, time, budget and volunteers that we have available.


While the loss of a face-to-face event is very disappointing, we hope our 4-H family will stand with us in positivity as we move forward with a virtual fair. We WILL showcase our youths’ efforts to our community this year and we are working very hard to ensure we celebrate the many hours of learning and work they have completed in the best way we can. Now, let's see that 4-H grit and determination as we move forward with our 4-H events!


Thank you so much for your support,

Purdue Extension Shelby County & Shelby County 4-H Advisory Council

Nearly 4-month investigation finds gambling, fraudulent invoices, missing booster funds in Shelbyville athletics

A 17-page probable cause affidavit from the Shelby County Prosecutor’s office outlines the investigation that led to the fall of Shelbyville’s former athletic director and head boys basketball coach Ryan Mack.


On January 14, hours before the Golden Bears were set to depart for a game at Columbus East, Mack abruptly resigned.  John Hartnett, Jr., since named head coach, took over with an interim tag and the Bears won on the road.  A bright moment in a troubling day for the program and the school.

Rumors, conjecture, some facts swirled around Mack’s immediate departure.  The overwhelming majority involved funds missing from the Golden Bear Booster Club.  Confirmation came Monday in the form of Mack’s arrest on six Level 6-Felony Theft charges and a Level 5 – Felony Corrupt Business Influence.


The Shelbyville Police investigation began with a report of theft from the president of the booster club, Mike Johnson.  Over the course of a few months in the fall of 2019 the boys basketball account showed a negative balance.  Johnson pointed out to authorities that this wasn’t all that unusual dependent upon when something had been paid for or purchased.  But when the deficit still exceeded $5000 in December the booster club decided to look deeper into the finances.  According to the probable cause affidavit it was found that Mack had been given money to cover expenses he said he had paid for related to a new locker room project.  It turned they were not bills that were paid, simply quotes and proposals from companies.  Mack had been paid by the booster club and no expenses had been paid, or needed to be.


Shelbyville Police report they were informed by Superintendent Mary Harper that they were informed during a meeting with Mack on January 14 that he had stolen $6787.91.  Mack resigned that day.

According to the affidavit, a check Mack wrote to cover the money mentioned in the meeting failed to clear two days later.  At that point, it was decided to seek charges.


Further police interviews with people connected with the booster club, athletic department and school administration found discrepancies involving money that a D1 basketball camp said it wasn’t paid, shortage of monies paid to a Shelbyville restaurant for food and concerns involving a basketball golf outing, ticket money from game events and other possible missing or unknown funds.

In all, the total dollar figure missing from the booster club was listed in the probable cause affidavit as $14, 767.91.


Gambling issues are spoken of frequently throughout the affidavit.  Administrators and teachers, including one who told police he invested money to go toward a basketball camp, stated to police they were aware that Mack had gambling issues.  As early as 2018, Mack was told not to have any more access to athletic money after basketball concession money was used for the travel basketball league and then deposits were late from Mack.  According to the probable cause affidavit Mack, at that time, acknowledged his gambling problem.


Shelbyville Police met with Mack and his attorney on March 18.  The probable cause affidavit says Mack admitted to taking $2200 from the athletic department safe, gambling it away but then repaying it.  From 2018 on he was not to have directly handled any money.  He further spoke of fraudulent claims regarding the proposed locker room project and being paid for those.

Shelbyville Central Superintendent Harper releases statement on Ryan Mack arrest

Shelbyville Central Schools Superintendent Mary Harper released the following statement from the school corporation following the arrest Monday of former boys basketball coach and asst. athletic department Ryan Mack:



The Shelbyville Central Schools’ staff cooperated with the Shelbyville Police Department during its investigation of Ryan Mack.  We appreciate the Police Department's efforts to resolve this issue. We know this situation has raised concerns for athletes, coaches, faculty and community members. We will continue to work with the Shelbyville High School Athletic Booster Club, which operates separately and outside of Shelbyville Central Schools, to ensure quality programming for our student athletes.  We appreciate the support from the community as we move forward.        

Former Shelbyville Golden Bear coach, asst AD Ryan Mack arrested

Ryan Mack abruptly resigned from his Shelbyville High School positions as head boys basketball coach and assistant athletic director in January.  Nearly four months later Mack has been arrested by Shelbyville Police on six Level 6 Felony - Theft charges and a Level 5 -Felony count of Corrupt Business Influence.


More details to come this afternoon on GIANT fm News and

Two injured, lifelined from Saturday Shelby Co. crash

Two Decatur County men were injured in a Shelby County truck accident early Saturday morning.


The Shelby County Sheriff’s Department says Eduardo Hernandez, 28, of Greensburg, was the driver of a 2014 Chevy pickup that left the road and struck a tree in the 2200 block of East Vandalia Road.


Hernandez and a passenger, Enero Velasco, 19, also of Greensburg, were lifelined to Methodist Hospital for medical treatment.  There is no further word on their condition as of this report.


The sheriff’s department says alcohol may have been a contributing factor.

Shelby County leaders react to Purdue University guidelines; impact to possible 4H events

Two press releases starting with local reaction to Purdue's announcement today relating to COVID-19 and planning of 4H events:


By Scott Gabbard and Purdue Extension Staff


On May 15 at 4:30 pm Purdue Extension, with the backing of Purdue University, announced guidelines as to how local extension offices should proceed as we continue to mitigate the pandemic while serving the needs of our communities. COVID-19 has created unprecedented changes in our nation and our local communities. In response, Purdue Extension has cancelled in-person meetings and events through June 30, 2020 to support the health and safety of its faculty, staff, students, volunteers and guests. 


This has always been a challenge.  Why? Extension serves agriculture, health and other critical infrastructure, even during the pandemic.  As a county government entity, we continue to field phone calls, answer questions and even provide field services when warranted while moving a lot of our functions online and doing our part in adhering to social distancing guidelines.


Starting July 1, 2020, Purdue Extension will permit in-person events that comply with Indiana’s Back-on-Track plan ( Purdue Extension will comply with all federal, state, and local regulations and public safety guidelines and will adhere to Purdue University policies for public health and safety.  This will come in at least 92 different forms as we ramp up and reflect our rural, suburban and urban communities.


If Shelby County has obtained a Stage 5 rating stated in the State’s Back-on-Track plan, we will be able to again host large events involving 250 participants or more such as farm field days, Farm & Home Safety Days and 4-H events such as the 4-H portion of the county fair.  However, with increased capacity comes a heightened level of responsibility.  We must adhere to a minimum of the following:

1)      Adhere to social distancing guidelines – 6 ft. distance between people according to the CDC.

2)      Daily COVID-19 screening of employees and volunteers working on behalf of Purdue Extension/4-H.

3)      Follow industry best practices regarding disinfecting high traffic areas and providing hand sanitizers and cleaning stations to employees and guests.


Minimum reflects the reality of the situation, we will still have to gain approval from local leadership and garner county support as well as buy-in from our partners, boards, councils, associations and youth.  At the same time, Purdue staff will be provided with additional guidance and training as we strive to meet the needs of our community.  While it only looks like three main rules, there are already pages of how this is to be administered and this is before we gain further guidance locally. Moving forward, we will do all that we can to ensure equal access and/or consideration.  These conditions will limit the way events can be delivered, especially our portion of the county fair, the traditional experience of a livestock show and how we may be able to offer some events. 


It will take help and cooperation of many to provide this experience.  Like the SCUFFY drive, our community always rises to the challenge and there is no doubt we will overcome this challenge as well.


Please continue to check the Purdue Extension website ( for updates or our 4-H FaceBook site (





May 15, 2020


Today, Purdue Extension is announcing its policies for on-campus and off-campus events during July. Below is information from Senior Associate Dean and Extension Director Jason Henderson regarding Extension events starting July 1, 2020.



COVID-19 has created unprecedented changes in our nation and our local communities. In response, Purdue Extension has cancelled in-person meetings and events through June 30, 2020 to support the health and safety of its faculty, staff, students, volunteers and guests. 


Starting July 1, 2020, Purdue Extension will permit in-person events that comply with Indiana’s Back-on-Track plan ( Purdue Extension will comply with all federal, state, and local regulations and public safety guidelines and will adhere to Purdue University policies for public health and safety.


Indiana’s Back-on-Track plan, announced on May 1, 2020, is a thoughtful, detailed process to reopen the state of Indiana contingent on the evolution of the COVID-19 pandemic in Indiana. Under this plan, each stage has different restrictions on in-person meetings and events to allow for variations in local public health and safety conditions across the state. Although in-person events may be held at various stages, Purdue Extension strongly encourages virtual events.  We will have virtual options for many of our in-person meetings and events so that our most at-risk populations will be able to attend and participate.


Here are the Back-on-Track plan requirements for events with more than 250 participants, such as farm field days and 4-H events at county fairs:


Large events may be held only when the county has reached Stage 5, which begins no earlier than July 4, 2020.


However, these large events must comply with the following:

1)      Adhere to social distancing guidelines – 6 ft. distance between people according to the CDC.

2)      Daily COVID-19 screening of employees and volunteers working on behalf of Purdue Extension/4-H.

3)      Follow industry best practices regarding disinfecting high traffic areas and providing hand sanitizers and cleaning stations to employees and guests.


Purdue Extension faculty and staff will be provided with more details regarding public health and safety requirements and industry best practices for safe Extension events. These restrictions limit the way events can be delivered, especially county fairs and the traditional penning/stalling of 4-H livestock shows. County Extension educators will work with 4-H Councils and Fair Boards to deliver a safe county fair experience. We look forward to reengaging with you in-person during July. 

Severe weather in the Thursday forecast

Heavy rain, high winds, and large hail are all things you could see beginning Thursday afternoon.


The National Weather Service in Indianapolis says severe weather is a possibility for much of the state.


Chad Swain, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Indianapolis, says the best chance for severe weather is after 2 pm and could last through much of the evening.


“From areas to north and west of Indianapolis, it’s a slight risk. In areas south of Indianapolis, it’s a marginal risk. Along with those other threats, an isolated tornado cannot be ruled out,” says Swain.

When a “slight risk” is active it means scattered severe storms are possible. The National Weather Service says storms under a “slight risk” are typically short-lived, not widespread, isolated, and can be intense.


“Marginal risk” is a designation below slight risk. That means isolated severe storms are possible, but they are limited in duration, coverage, and intensity.


“This system is coming from the west. We have a warm front coming through from the southwest Thursday morning. The cold front will come in from the northwest later on and it’s just going to meander up and down north and south across the state,” says Swain.


Swain says showers and thunderstorms will be moving through the state periodically through the weekend.


“We’re also going to have near-normal or even above-normal (temperatures), which means 70s to even lower 80s. There might be a brief cool down around Monday and Tuesday with temperatures back into the 60s, but then it should warm right back up,” says Swain.


He urges you to monitor the forecast as closely as possible because it can always change.

Two men arrested after theft, pursuit from Shelbyville Rural King

Two men were arrested followiing a Shelbville Police pursuit that ended near Franklin Tuesday.


Shelbyville Police responded to Rural King at 1800 E. State Road 44 on Tuesday for a theft and battery complaint. Information provided at the time of the dispatch put officers on the lookout for a gray Buick with a license plate registered to a person in Indianapolis.


Officers observed a vehicle that matched the description traveling south on S. Pike St. from Broadway Street moments later. When a stop was attempted the vehicle fled at a high rate of speed and left Shelbyville on W. State Road 44 with officers in pursuit. The suspect vehicle continued westbound to a location near I-65 in Franklin. At that location a Franklin police officer was successful in deploying tire deflation devices with the suspect vehicle being disabled and stopping at State Road 44 and Jim Black Road just east of I-65.


The vehicle contained a driver and a passenger who resisted being taken into custody and were forcibly removed from the vehicle by police.


The driver, Chad Edward Johnson, 33, of Indianapolis, was charged preliminarily with two counts of Resisting Law Enforcement, OVWI and Reckless Driving. 



A passenger Jay Allen Smith, 52, of Shelbyville, was preliminarily charged with Theft and Resisting Law Enforcement. Both are in the Shelby County Jail.



Officers from Shelbyville Police, the Shelby County Sheriff Dept., Indiana State Police, Franklin Police and Johnson County EMS responded. Several stolen power tools were recovered from the vehicle.


The investigation continues and more charges may follow.

Indiana Grand announces revised 2020 racing dates

Pending approval fromthe Indiana Horse Racing Commission, and after consultation with Indiana horsemen, Indiana Grand Racing & Casino has revised its proposed Live Racing calendar for the 2020 season.  The Shelbyville racetrack and casino will now begin its 90-day season on Monday, June 15th and finish on the previously scheduled, Wednesday, November 18.


The revisions are more significant on a weekly basis however.  In a departure from the previously approved schedule Indiana Grand will now raceon Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday afternoons with a first race post time of 2:20 p.m. Eastern.


“The longer our season was delayed the more clear it became that we needed to rethink the goals of the meet,” said Eric Halstrom, Vice President and General Manager of Racing.  “We feel strongly that a move to racing on Monday through Thursday, with quality fields and an attractive wagering menu will best serve our horsemen and customers all over the nation during an uncertain time.  A new condition book and stakes schedule will be published shortly while we adapt to these extraordinary circumstances.”


The 2020 racing program was scheduled to be 120-days of racing beginning on April 14 with the highest total of purse money available in the history of Indiana Grand.  With the closure of the OTB, Casino and Sports Book on Monday, March 16ththe racing season was suspended indefinitely.


The season will consist of 86-days of mixed thoroughbred and quarter horse racing action and 4 quarter horse-only days.  The all-quarter horse days will be Thursday, July 2nd, Thursday August 6th, Thursday October 8 and Thursday, October 29.


Therevised condition bookand stakes schedule will be published online at in the next week.  Horsemen are encouraged to contact Indiana Grand Director of Racing, Kevin Greely, at (317) 421-3080 for more information or with questions on anyracingoffice matters.


Indiana Grand Racing & Casino, which is owned and operated by a subsidiary of Caesars Entertainment Corporation (NASDAQ: CZR), holds multiple awards for customer service, entertainment, gaming, dining, and diversity. Located in Shelbyville, Ind., Indiana Grand features more than 2,100 of the latest slots and table games in addition to a one-mile dirt racecourse and a seven-eighths mile turf course providing live Thoroughbred and Quarter Horse racing each year. Simulcast and sports wagering is also offered year-round at Winner’s Circle Race Sports Pub located on the casino floor as well as a Winner’s Circle Race Sports Pub located in Clarksville, Ind. For more information, please visit Must be 18 or older to wager on horse racing at racetracks and 21 or older to gamble at sports books and casinos. Know When To Stop Before You Start.® Gambling Problem? Call 1-800-9-WITH-IT (1-800-994-8448) ©2020 Caesars License Company, LLC.

Drive-thru COVID-19 testing at Shelbyville HS May 21-24

Mobile COVID-19 Testing Drive Through Event
Coordinated by the Division of Emergency Preparedness-Indiana State Department of Health through Shelby County Health Department
DATE:                 May 21-24, 2020
HOURS:              9AM to 6PM
LOCATION:       Shelbyville High School, 2003 S Miller Street; Shelbyville, IN 46176By Appointment
Only-Must bring Proof of State Residency
Online Registration:
Phone Based Registration:888/634-1116
for People without internet access or to register minor for testing (lines may be busy)


Eligibility for testing:

  • Symptomatic
  1. Cough, Shortness of Breath
  • At Risk Population
  • People 65 years or older
  • People who live in a nursing home or long-term care facility
  • People of all ages with underlying medical conditions, particularly if not well controlled, including:
    • People with chronic lung disease or moderate to severe asthma
    • People who have serious heart conditions
    • People who are immunocompromised

Many conditions can cause a person to be immunocompromised, including cancer treatment, smoking, bone marrow or organ transplantation, immune deficiencies, poorly controlled HIV or AIDS, and prolonged use of corticosteroids and other immune weakening medications

  • People with severe obesity (body mass index (BMI of 40 or higher)
  • People with Diabetes
  • People with chronic kidney disease undergoing dialysis
  • People with liver disease
  • Close contact of a COVID-19 positive patient or coworker
  • Work with or be in close contact with an at-risk population

Restaurants and hair salons open today in the Back on Track plan

It's another level of Stage 2 of Governor Holcomb's Back on Track Indiana Plan as restaurants and hair salons are among the businesses that can once again open for customers starting May 11.



These business sectors may open a week after the start of Stage 2 (May 11)


• Personal services, such as hair salons, barber shops, nail salons, spas, and tattoo

parlors. By appointment only with operational limitations. Employees must wear face

coverings, work stations must be spaced to meet social distancing guidelines,

and other requirements must be met.

Customers should wear face coverings to the extent possible


• Restaurants and bars that serve food may open at 50% capacity with operational

limitations. Bar seating will be closed with no live entertainment. Servers and kitchen

staff must wear face coverings


• State government executive branch offices will begin limited public services, and

employees will begin to return to offices in small waves


• Boating is permitted, but boaters must follow social distancing guidelines


• Visitors to beaches and shorelines must adhere to the social gathering policy and social

distancing guidelines



• Individuals are not allowed to visit patients in assisted living/nursing home facilities

• Bars and nightclubs

• Gyms, fitness centers, community centers, and like facilities

• Cultural, entertainment, sports venues, and tourism.  This includes museums, zoos, festivals,

parades, concerts, fairs, sports arenas, movie theaters, bowling alleys, aquariums, theme parks, recreational sports leagues and tournaments, and like facilities


• Playgrounds, tennis courts, basketball courts, amusement parks whether indoors or outside,

tourist sites, water parks, and social clubs


• Congregate settings for seniors, adult day cares remain closed through at least May 31

• Casino operations

• Community swimming pools, public and private

• Residential and day camps

• Campgrounds, except for those living permanently in RVs or cabins


Shelby County Fair cancelled for 2020

Shelby County Fair Board President Jeff Pruitt talks about the decision to cancel the 2020 fair due to COVID-19 and the timing of the event within the Back-on-Track plan.



Economist: Expect huge spike in unemployment rate in Friday's jobs report

When the U.S Labor Department releases its jobs report for the month of April at 8:30 a.m. (EST), the nation’s unemployment should jump to about 17.4 percent. It will show how COVID-19 has been the largest economic shock in U.S. history, says Michael Hicks, an economist at Ball State University.


But, the public should brace itself for worse news in the coming weeks when the numbers echo the depths of the Great Depression, he said.


Friday’s jobs report will measure a broad set of employment data through early April, using two surveys.  It will also update previous months surveys using administrative data, including the weekly initial jobless claims that have smashed previous records over the past several weeks.


“Since the March deadline, we’ve had a full 30.6 million additional workers added to jobless rolls, but only 22.3 million of them were reported between the March and April survey dates,” said Hicks, director of the Center for Business and Economic Research (CBER in the Miller College of Business. “Lags in the jobs report mean we are missing some 10 million unemployed workers in the April jobs report.


“So, on Friday, we will likely see the largest one month adjustment to a jobs report on record,” he said. “We should anticipate the March unemployment rate to be revised upwards to 10.4%, an increase of just over 6%. The April jobs report should see the unemployment rate rise to roughly 17.4%.”


Hicks points out that shocking number understates the April unemployment rate, which will likely be revised next month to roughly 21.5% as the new weekly jobless claims data are included in the revisions made on June 5, when May’s Employment Situation Summary is published.


Those record-breaking job losses would be so severe, they would wipe out nearly 10 years of job gains in just a single month, the economist pointed out.


“Unless there is an unimaginably high level of recalled workers in the next week, May’s unemployment rate will be the highest on record, beating our record set in the summer of 1933 when we flirted with 25% unemployment.”

Shelbyville man charged with Level 1 Felony in woman's death

A Shelbyville man has been charged with a Level 1 felony after a woman died of a possible overdose.


On May 6, at approximately 2:20 pm, the Shelbyville Fire Department was dispatched to the 1700 block of Morningside Drive for an unresponsive female. Shortly after the dispatch it was determined to be a possible overdose. At that time, the Shelbyville Police Department also responded to the scene. The Shelbyville Fire Department attempted life saving measures that were unsuccessful.


The unresponsive female was identified as Britni Oeffinger. A person of interest has been identified as Randy L. Gibson. Gibson, 52, of Shelbyville, is currently being held at the Shelby County Jail.  Gibson is charged with Dealing a Controlled Substance Causing Death - Level 1 Felony.  It's punishable by up to 40 years in prison.


Shelby County Prosecutor Brad Landwerlen says he also expects to charge Gibson with being a Habitual Felony Offender.


This is an active investigation being conducted by the Shelbyville Police Department.


Shelby County Coroner’s Office, Shelby County Prosecutor’s Office, and Shelby County Sheriff’s Department all assisted the Shelbyville Police and Shelbyville Fire on this incident. 

Fairland Volunteer Fire Dept. cancels June Fish Fry

The impact of COVID-19 has had quite the impact in Fairland, as officials with the Fairland Volunteer Fire Department announced this week the cancellation of the annual Fairland Fish Fry.


In a letter to Fairland residents, fire chief Steven Glackman wrote that all activities for this year's event, which falls on Father's Day weekend, have been shelved.


"This is a difficult decision for our department to make, but was made with the community's safety in mind," the letter states. 



Josh Rowe, of the Fairland Volunteer Fire Department, told Giant FM the planning for the event begins every January.


"We had the bands and entertainment locked down. And then we start to work on lining out the food order. And, then, everyone was put on essential travel only, so we halted the planning phase," Rowe told Giant FM Thursday.


Over the last six weeks, many discussions were held and officials decided May would be the best time to make a decision. 


"We had our monthly business meeting last night, while practicing social distancing, and talked about the options with the rest of the members. After a lot of discussions and a lot of what ifs, we decided what we felt was best for the saftey of the community and ourselves would be to cancel it," Rowe said. 


Rowe told Giant FM one firefighter said it was the first time in his 35 years he can remember the event having to cancel.


The fish fry serves as a huge fundraiser for the department, and Rowe admits the department is unsure where those funds may come from, but residents are encouraged to donate. Anyone wishing to make a donation can mail it to the Fairland Volunteer Fire Department, PO Box 225, Fairland, IN 46126.


Rowe tells Giant FM, there has been talk of, possibly, having the event later this year.


"There was talk about maybe doing a Saturday fish fry later in the fall but we are not sure yet with all the schedule changes taking place if it would work out," Rowe said. 

Shelbyville's Water Resource Recovery creating power from waste

The Shelbyville Common Council has approved an ordinance for the Water Resource Recovery Facility’s effort to take on a different type of waste that will, in turn, aid in the powering of the facility.


Superintendent Kevin Kredit says taking on the feedstock will generate methane.



The facility will be able to take on fats, oils and grease from vendors.

MHP COVID-19 Daily Update - May 1


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    • MHP employees:  We have had a total of 5 MHP employees that have tested positive since the virus was first identified.  Out of 1200+ employees, that is really an amazing job by our staff to lead by example, wearing PPE, and practicing prudent hand hygiene and social distancing.   
    • Surgery:  We have elective surgery cases scheduled for next week.  We have taken several precautions to ensure a safe environment for the patients and our staff.  This includes testing the patient for COVID prior to surgery, separate entrance and exits, and multiple other precautionary steps.  Moreover, all positive COVID inpatients have been isolated on the 3rd floor inpatient unit as far away from the 1st floor surgery department as possible. 
    • Physician Practices:  MHP Physician offices will begin reopening starting Monday.  Please contact your physician office to schedule an appointment.  If you have non-emergent respiratory signs or symptoms, including a fever, please visit Priority Care at 30 W. Rampart or  call (317) 398-7644.    
    • Washington St Clinic Closing:  Reminder, this location is temporarily closing until further notice after Friday, May 1st



    • 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 (
    • 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 (   


    • Priority Care located at 30 W. Rampart Road: Priority Care treated 14 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 14 patients yesterday with respiratory signs/symptoms.  Washington St. Clinic is open 8AM to 4:30PM Monday through Friday, but will close after Friday May 1st until further notice. 


    • Number of MHP patients tested: 906
    • Number of pending results: 56
    • Number of positive results: 170 (increase of 9 since yesterday)
      • Currently, we have 9 inpatients that have tested positive and 9 inpatients have pending results.
    • If you want updated statistics for Shelby County and/or the State of Indiana, please visit      
    • If you want updated statistics for the United States, please visit



    • Number of available swabs/media for testing: 462 (plus an additional 300+ GuideMed tests between Priority Care/Washington St Clinic).  IU lab testing turnaround time is approximately 22 hours.  



    • Current number of 3rd floor inpatients:  22
    • Current number of patients with respiratory related diagnoses: 20
    • Number of available beds: 18
    • Number of inpatients in the ACC unit: 3 with 19 beds available


    • Number of ER patients in last 24 hours: 39
    • Number of ER patients with respiratory signs/symptoms: 11 (representing 28%)



    • Number of ventilators currently in use and number of ventilators available:
      • We have 7 ventilators in use and 5 ventilation units available.
      • We also have 4 anesthesia and PACU vents available (not included in the above totals)  
      • We also have 10 disaster vents available and 6 home Cpap units (not included in the above totals).   




2:30 pm on GIANT fm - Gov. Holcomb to provide updates on COVID-19

Gov. Eric J. Holcomb, the Indiana State Department of Health and other state leaders will host a virtual media briefing to provide updates on COVID-19 and its impact on Indiana.


2:30 p.m. ET, Friday, May 1


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