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After the Hamilton County Health Department confirmed the first case of COVID-19 in Hamilton County Sunday, local government officials are taking steps to prevent the spread of the virus. 

Government officials in Hamilton and Boone counties announced closures of city government buildings, libraries and other community centers until further notice. However, some city workers continue to work remotely and city services continue as usual.

According to a Hamilton County Health Department news release, a Hamilton County resident is currently hospitalized and the department will not be releasing any further information on this case.

One case has also been confirmed in Boone County, per the Indiana State Department of Health

“The county is working closely with the state health department to identify any close contacts of the patient who might have been exposed to ensure that appropriate precautions are taken in accordance with the latest CDC guidance. At this time, the risk to the public is believed to be low,” the news release states. 

Here’s a list of closures in Hamilton County and Boone County.

Hamilton County

Government buildings

Carmel City Hall will remain open with some staff working remotely until Wednesday when city officials will the situation “to see if extended social distancing is favored over direct interaction,” a City of Carmel news release states. 

The City of Fishers has canceled or postponed all city events through April 10. Government buildings remain open as of Monday but city officials are asking residents to pay tickets or bills online. 

Fishers has established a COVID-19 hotline (317-595-3211) where residents can ask questions and get information about available resources. The hotline is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. 

Westfield Mayor Andy Cook announced Monday city government buildings will be closed until further notice. However, some city government workers will be working remotely and city services will continue as usual. 

COVID-19: Things to keep in mind

  • Most Americans have a low risk of being exposed, health experts say.
  • Most who get sick will have a mild or moderate case.
  • High risk groups include the elderly or people with underlying conditions such as hypertension or diabetes.
  • The Indiana State Department of Health hotline is 317-233-7125 from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. and 317-233-1325 afterward.
  • Symptoms are fever, cough and shortness of breath, according to the CDC. Call your health provider before going to a clinic so health workers can prepare.

Upcoming public meetings in Westfield such as the advisory plan commission and city council meetings will also be canceled.  

Noblesville City Hall remains open. 

Libraries

Westfield-Washington Library is closed until further notice. Staff is asking residents to not return books at this time. No fines will be accumulated. 

Carmel Clay Public Library will be closed until further notice. 

Hamilton East Public Library locations in Fishers and Noblesville will be closed until April 13. 

Community centers and venues

Grand Park Sports Campus is closed until further notice. 

The Monon Community Center in Carmel announced Sunday it will be closed until further notice and canceling group lessons and fitness classes. The closure also includes the gymnasium, KidsZone, indoor track, the fitness center, among others.  

The Center for the Performing Arts in Carmel is extending its suspension of all performances and other events on its campus through May 11. According to a news release, the affected venues include the Palladium, the Tarkington and the Studio Theater. The cancellations include performances by Actors Theatre of Indiana, Carmel Symphony Orchestra, Central Indiana Dance Ensemble, Civic Theatre, Gregory Hancock Dance Theatre and Indiana Wind Symphony, as well as education events, rental events and Center Presents performances.

Schools

All six public school districts in Hamilton County announced they will close starting March 16 at the recommendation of the Hamilton County Health Department.

COVID-19 school closings: List of Indianapolis-area coronavirus school closings

Boone County

Government buildings

Whitestown and Zionsville Town Halls are closed until further notice.

Boone County Commissioners request that all non-essential visits to the Boone County Courthouse and other County Buildings be postponed until further notice

Libraries

The Zionsville Public Library is closed but resources are available online at https://zionsvillelibrary.org/discover/online-resources/

Community Centers

Zionsville’s Nature Center is closed but will be offering programming via facebook Live on Tuesdays and Saturdays by Park Naturalist Mindy Murdock.

This list will be updated.

IndyStar reporter Natalia Contreras writes about things to do and development in Hamilton County. She can be reached at 317-444-6187 or natalia.contreras@indystar.com. Follow her on Twitter, @NataliaECG.

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