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KEEPING COVID-19 AT BAY
As the weather grows colder and people begin to move indoors for gatherings and events , it is more vital than ever to stay informed on the most current COVID-19 guidelines .
“ It needs to be a layered approach ,” said Stephenie Mellinger , administrator of the Madison County Health Department , of efforts to stop the spread of the coronavirus in the community . “ We can ’ t just rely upon one type of prevention .”
Mellinger recommends implementing a variety of measures to ensure public health , including masking , hand sanitizing , social distancing , vaccination , frequent cleaning of surfaces and continual air flow when possible . In keeping with CDC guidances , Mellinger emphasized that residents should wear masks indoors regardless of vaccination status .
Spring , with new life exploding , and summer , with extreme greens , can be beautiful . But fall and winter in Madison County offer unmatched sights , sounds , smells and … feelings . In autumn , as the leaves turn to orange , yellow and red , local festivals , parks and other destinations beckon us out into the cooling weather . You can get your Halloween fright on at Indy Scream Park , and then a month later , visit one of the area ’ s plethora of enticing restaurants for a before- , during- or after-Thanksgiving feast . The fall , of course , is a transition to winter , when delicate snowfall coats the city and countryside , alike , in brilliant white . It ’ s time for hot chocolate and dreams of Santa Claus . And it ’ s time for enjoying entertainment at the Paramount Theatre or another lovely Madison County venue . We ’ re glad you ’ re reading Discover magazine . It ’ s a portal to enjoying each and every season in our little slice of Indiana .

Scott Underwood

EDITOR
Going into the fall , Madison County consistently had a 10 % to 14.9 % positivity rating in COVID-19 testing — the second-highest transmission category in the state ’ s system for rating the danger of COVID spread .
According to Mellinger , COVID-19 testing rates are up while vaccinations have dropped significantly . The Madison County Health Department offers both services Monday through Saturday and accommodates walk-ins .
“ We just have to be mindful ,” Mellinger said in anticipation of increased indoor gatherings . “ Washing your hands is the biggest means to prevent infection . Period .”
For more information about COVID-19 or to book a testing or vaccination appointment , visit https :// www . madcohealth . org / coronavirus .

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ANDERSON MADISON COUNTY
FALL 2021 VOLUME 7 | ISSUE 3
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EDITOR Scott Underwood
DESIGN Kaylee Stewart
CONTRIBUTORS Phil Beebe , Julie Campbell , Gillian Lintz and Megan Ward
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