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March 25, 2020

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The Press-Dispatch Wednesday, March 25, 2020 A-7 SCHOOL Submit school news: Email: Deadline: Noon on Friday Petersburg Elementary Pike Central Pike Central staff packed grab-and-go meals last week for students since school is out due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Right to Life Extends Scholarship Deadline Daviess and Martin County Right to Life groups have announced due to the school clos- ings in Daviess, Martin and Pike counties, they are extending the dead- line for the Donna Gen- try Scholarship and the Marvin Arvin Scholar- ship from Friday, April 3 to Friday, April 17. Several Petersburg Elementary students received their recorder black belts recently. 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Pike Ave., Petersburg BARTON TOWNSHIP HONOR ROLL Principal Jane Reed, of Barton Township Elementary School, would like to announce the Honor Roll for the Third Grading Period. FOURTH GRADE A-B Honor Roll Savannah Michelle Craney Rochelle Phoenix Heichelbech Cirra May Lemeron Kaigan James Nossett Emma Dee Pierce Carly Mae Schoonover Zoe Brooke Sheets Gavin Edward Strick- land 5TH GRADE "A" Honor Roll Hannah Henry Laura Eizabeth Schlott- man Kinley Nicole Stoffel A-B Honor Roll Brylee Ann Brogan Isaiah Lucas Richardt 6TH GRADE "A" Honor Roll Madeline Shea Balen- tine Mya Elaine Hudson A-B Honor Roll Jakob Edward Ewing Bradley Jaimison Heichelbech Maggie Jill McEllhiney Talan Elliot James Strickland Kade Alan Wiseman EAST GIBSON Commissioners adopt comprehensive plan to advance zoning By Janice Barniak Gibson County Commissioners adopted the 2009 Lochmueller Com- prehensive Plan March 17 in a res- olution to "placate no-zoning lobby- ists" that garnered an angry crowd response and ended in one person being asked to leave the meeting. The measure aimed to address a concern by county zoning oppo- nents, who told Area Planning Com- mission members Feb. 28 that the APC was drafting a zoning plan out of the required order of Indi- ana Code. Indiana Code, attorneys John Mo- litor and Grant Schwartzentruber told the APC board, requires com- missioners to first adopt the com- prehensive plan before working on a zoning ordinance. They likened moving forward to plan a zoning ordinance before adopting the comprehensive plan to planning a wedding before being asked to get married. The resolution March 17, which passed with Commissioner Gerald Bledsoe out sick, adopted the 2009 comprehensive plan as the basis for zoning the county. One of the statements in the res- olution was that commissioners passed the resolution "to placate no-zoning farm lobbyists' concerns and with no admission that the pro- cess in which Gibson County has gone about considering the adop- tion has not fully complied with In- diana Code...Nothing contained in this resolution shall be construed as an adverse admission." The commissioners accepted no public discussion at the March 17 meetings, but regardless, some did happen, resulting in one person be- ing asked to leave. "There won't be no comment? " asked Vance Lloyd, of Francisco. "No public comment at this time," said Commissioner Mary Key. "Eighty percent—80 percent," Lloyd began to give an approxima- tion of a poll by Gibson County News and Talk that said 80 percent of Gib- son County residents are against zoning. Another resident cut in to say many members of the public were present to comment. (There were 32 people at the meeting last Tuesday). "No comment from the public," said Key. "Should you not put this off un- til after this Coronavirus situation? " asked Lloyd. "All in favor? " asked Key. "Aye," said she and Commission- er Steve Bottoms. "Ridiculous, ridiculous politi- cians," said Lloyd. Another voice in the crowd asked why all the people in "no zoning" T- shirts weren't speaking up. "They said they don't want this," Lloyd said. "Eighty percent of this county and you're ignoring them at a time when Coronavirus isn't allow- ing for comment? " Lloyd, who is a former marshal, said he was fine with leaving when asked. While the resolution was looked at by some as a step closer to pass- ing zoning, meetings to discuss the future zoning ordinance also re- ceived a setback on Tuesday in that all future APC meetings were can- celled, including the meeting March 19 to receive feedback on the newest draft of the ordinance and the new- est zoning maps. Gibson General's infection prevention team prepares By Janice Barniak Director of Quality and Infec- tion Prevention Kara Moyer and Quality Outcomes Specialist An- gela Clayton have been through previous, serious illness prepara- tions before. Moyer, an MSN, RN and CEN, has been in infection prevention at Gibson General for more than four years and worked as an emergency room nurse during the H1N1 pan- demic, and was an acute care edu- cator during the Ebola crisis. Clay- ton, an MSN, RN and ACNS -BC, spent 12 years in infection preven- tion at a rural hospital, including during H1N1. Neither has seen anything as se- rious as COVID-19, they said last week. "We cannot compare it to H1N1 or Ebola," Moyer said. "This is changing the way we think and practice. There are minute-by-min- ute updates, and we're updating staff, giving the guidance, then the next day changing everything we told them." COVID means asking doctors to practice in a way they never have before, she said; it asks health- care staff to function differently and socialize differently than they ever have. Clayton agreed. "This is not a local emergency; this is a global crisis," she said. Normally if a hospital faces an is- sue or shortage, they can reach out to other healthcare facilities to fill the gaps. With COVID-19, that's not possible because all systems face the same strains. The virus is asking people to live differently, she said, and to treat pa- tients differently. Workers who can are working from home instead of from the hospital, traffic is limit- ed and visitor restrictions have changed. Even with restrictions though, they still have to provide care in a compassionate way, so if a child comes into the hospital, for exam- ple, despite the no visitor restric- tion, that patient will still need their parent there. Moyer and Clayton are working every day, on call 24/7, because unlike bigger healthcare systems with teams of workers, Gibson General as a rural hospital will face Coronavirus with their small- er staff. They encourage staff to take their shoes off at the door before entering the home, and, if they can, shower and change clothes before interacting with their families. For those who feel like they've been exposed, Gibson General is referring people to call in to a tel- enurse line; there is testing set up at Deaconess for those who call the nurses and qualify for testing. The number is 812-450 -6555. As of Tuesday, March 24, there is now two confirmed case of COVID-19 in Gibson County, according to Bruce C. Brink, Jr., health officer. Angela Clayton Kara Moyer

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