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communication , Grimes said .
One of the task forces ’ main focuses in August was Gov . Eric Holcomb ’ s statewide mask mandate .
“ I think that the misunderstanding of the public is that we in the health department are able to enforce and mandate that people in our community and businesses are masked now ,” Grimes said .
Though the governor ' s executive order stated that enforcement fell to county health departments , Grimes noted that the county has only four people dedicated to it . Enforcement requirements only pertain to businesses permitted through the health department , not people who don ’ t wear masks in public spaces .
Sheriff Scott Mellinger said his main concern as a member of the task force is keeping jail inmates from contracting and spreading the virus .
“ We not only have to worry about keeping certain inmates away from each other because of their past or because of their
charges , all new arrestees have to be kept separate ,” the sheriff explained .
“ All inmates who say they have symptoms we have to keep separate , and all inmates that test positive we have to keep separate . It ' s a real mess .”
During August the sheriff ’ s department received only a couple of 911 complaints about people becoming unruly over not wearing masks in public spaces . While noting that if anyone feels threatened , they should call police , Mellinger said he would like to see individuals handle non-threatening confrontations on their own .
Grimes said that , overall , local citizens have adapted well to health advice from public officials . She advised Madison County residents to remain safe by washing their hands , keeping social distance and masking up .
“ We just need to remain vigilant ,” she said . “ We need to continue to do those basic public health prevention things to keep us safer and to get us through it .”
Scott Mellinger
Tom Ecker

All inmates who say they have symptoms we have to keep separate , and all inmates that test positive we have to keep separate . It ' s a real mess .

SHERIFF SCOTT MELLINGER