On Tuesday, Monroe County’s health department released its next iteration of online restaurant inspections.
The 34 inspections completed in January are now available through Monroe County’s OpenGov interface.
In January, 22 restaurants had zero violations: Arby’s #5679, Bowls 4 Boots, Café Pizzaria Inc., Circle S Food Mart #65, Cloverleaf(South), CVS Pharmacy #10676, CVS Pharmacy #6698, CVS Pharmacy #8671, DollarGeneral #6174, Domino’s Pizza (East), Domino’s Pizza (South), Ellie Mae’s Bouqcakes, Five Guys Kirkwood, Go Puff Kitchens, Heri #14 dba On The Way, InsomniaCookies, Jenny’s Baking Co., Jimmy John’s #1376, Marlin Elementary School, PappyShack Mobile Food Truck, Unionville Elementary School, Vendors at Winter Market. Continue reading “Next iteration of Monroe County restaurant inspections now online”→
On Friday, The B Square received an anonymous tip that Monroe County’s health department had implemented “a large layoff” without informing the local food services industry.
Stephen Pritchard, who is vice president of the board of health, was reached by The B Square on Saturday morning for comment.
Pritchard confirmed some departures from the department, a number he pegged at “less than five.”
Responding to a followup question, Pritchard wrote that one position was in vital records, and another in environmental services. Pritchard wrote that he is unsure in which area a third departure worked.
About the possible perception that there had been large numbers of health department employees who have left, Pritchard wrote, “Some of these departures were in the past week, which may have created the impression, among some, that there was a large exodus, which is false.”
Monroe County’s indoor mask mandate, for the vaccinated and unvaccinated alike, will continue into November and possibly even beyond—until the county’s positive COVID-19 case numbers drop to fewer than 50 cases per week per 100,000 residents.
That was the unanimous vote of Monroe County’s board of health at its Thursday meeting.
The current regulation goes through the end of October. In the current regulation, a drop in positive case numbers below 50 cases per week per 100,000 residents is also a condition tied to an end to the mask mandate.
Responding to an emailed question from The B Square, county health administrator Penny Caudill said the exact wording of the new regulation was not yet determined.
On Friday, the county board of health voted unanimously to give the county attorney and the health officer the authority to convert the recommendations into something stronger—regulations, which can be enforced under county ordinance.
For example, the previously recommended occupancy for a communal living facility was a range from 50 to 75 percent. Friday’s action will cap the occupancy at 75 percent, and that will have the force of a regulation. Based on the discussion at Friday’s board of health meeting, the regulatory cap means some sorority and fraternity members will need to move out of their Greek houses.
The recommendation allowing “essential” guests but prohibiting “non-essential” guests, among other previous recommendations, will also become a regulation.
The board’s action came after Indiana University announced the previous day that it had directed all Greek houses to suspend “in-person organizational activities” other than dining and housing for live-in members until at least Sept. 14, 2020.
In a press release issued late Wednesday afternoon, Monroe county’s health department said it’s investigating a spike in confirmed COVID-19 cases, after the state’s dashboard, updated every day at noon, showed 12 new cases for the county.