Allen County health officials postpone meeting to discuss COVID-19 response actions


FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) The Allen County Department of Health has postponed an executive board meeting Monday evening where response measures to the COVID-19 outbreak were to be discussed.

The meeting was scheduled to start at 5:45 p.m. Around 12:30 p.m., though, the department said it was going to postpone the meeting after Gov. Eric Holcomb announced restaurants and bars should be closed to in-person patrons and a host of other state-wide precautions.

The following topics were expected to be discussed in the meeting:

• Discussion on Public Gatherings (materials will be provided for consideration by the Board)
• Discussion on Surge Capacity of local Medical Facilities (Dr. James Cameron, Facility Rep’s)
• Discussion on Extended Care/Long Term Care Facility Guidance Issued by CMS/CDC (Deb Lambert)
• Brief discussion on current planning efforts (some of the area task forces/work groups on various COVID-19 community support/response issues may present a brief update if present, or a summary will be presented as appropriate) – Dr. Deborah McMahan
• Discussion on Child Care Alternatives and Efforts – Dr. Deborah McMahan
• New Business as deemed appropriate – all

Department spokesperson Megan Hubartt said the department was looking to reschedule the meeting for later in the week. It will likely be a virtual, live-streamed meeting, as health officials exercise social distancing.

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