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This illustration, created at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, reveals the spikes that adorn the outer surface of the novel coronavirus named Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome coronavirus 2. It was identified as the cause of an outbreak of respiratory illness first detected in Wuhan, China, in 2019. The illness has been named coronavirus disease 2019, or COVID-19.

City closes

Rochester city offices are now closed to the public. Local government is an essential operation and staff will remain in the office during regular business hours, 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays. Call Rochester City Hall at 223-2510 during these hours for city business-related needs.

Utility payments will still be accepted by any of these methods: Online, by phone, drop box, or drive-up window.

All city parks are closed to all activities, including the Round Barn Golf Club at Mill Creek and the course.

Sentinel closing

The Sentinel offices are closed through April 15. As an essential service to the community, we are working but limiting our contact with the public in order to keep our employees and our fellow citizens safe and healthy. Some of us are in the office and some working from home.

Our local coverage of COVID-19 is posted daily on our website, www.rochsent.com, and is free to read.

For circulation and business office matters call Jean at 223-2111, ext. 319.

For newsroom matters, call 223-2111, ext. 327, and leave a message, or ext. 316, or send an email to news@rochsent.com.

We have a drop slot in the vestibule at our east door for payments, news items and whatever else you need to drop off.


Woodlawn Hospital asks that anyone who believes they have symptoms of COVID-19 not just show up for testing. Instead, call 224-1131 or the family doctor. Doing so allows staff to prepare for a potential patient.

Closed, canceled

The regular monthly meeting of the Friends of the Nickel Plate Trail has been canceled.

Fulton County Solid Waste District is closed until April 6, tentatively. There are no drop-off trailers available so residents are asked to hold onto their recyclables until the district office and recycling center reopen.

Zero to Hero

Those who want to be American Red Cross volunteers now have the opportunity to take the agency’s training this weekend on the internet.

Zero to Hero is a free weekend training program for new and existing volunteers, preparing them to be American Red Cross Disaster Action Team members. The team members respond to community crises such as home fires or natural disasters. They assist and guide victims and provide them with resources for recovery. Examples of course content include Psychological First Aid and Mass Care.

Classes are 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and 1-6 p.m. Sunday and will be offered virtually through Zoom. Registration is required by 3 p.m. Friday and may be made at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/ZeroToHeroIndiana.

Logansport Memorial

Logansport Memorial Hospital has tightened its visitor restrictions until further notice.

No visitors will be permitted at the hospital until further notice.

Exceptions will be considered in the following areas where a patient may receive one healthy visitor for a limited time period, based on the care situation: Labor and delivery; emergency room; surgical patients or patients receiving sedation; and end-of-life situations.

For pediatric patients, the patient must be accompanied by one healthy adult at all times. A healthy visitor will be defined as having no fever, cough or respiratory symptoms. Approved visitors will still be screened by hospital staff before being allowed in the facility.

Visitors under the age of 18, including the children of OB patients, are still not allowed on the hospital campus under any circumstances.

Workforce offices

The Indiana Department of Workforce Development (DWD) announced on Monday that it will close to the public its office at the Indiana Government Center downtown as well as all WorkOne centers statewide at the end of the day until further notice.

Individuals must apply for unemployment benefits online using a computer, tablet or smartphone. Online filing information can be found at www.unemployment .in.gov.

DWD has updated its COVID-19 UI Frequently Asked Questions with important information, which can be found at the same web address. Individuals are encouraged to review the Frequently Asked Questions, the Claimant Handbook and/or the online video tutorials on this page.

Those who still have questions can contact DWD via email or telephone: Email at AskUIContactCenter@dwd.IN.gov and phone at 800-891-6499.

Due to extremely high call volume, waits will be longer than usual. DWD is requesting that individuals only reach out with questions on the day corresponding with the first letter of their last name to assist with wait times. Here is the schedule: Monday, A-E; Tuesday, F-I; Wednesday, J-M; Thursday, N-T; and Friday, U-Z or if you missed your day.

– The Sentinel report

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