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Indiana Government Actions on COVID-19 – Updated 5/15/2020

May 15, 2020

Today’s updates discusses a COVID-19 outbreak in Johnson County Jail and steps to open the Indianapolis area economy as it moves to Phase 2.

HEALTH

  • As discussed in a prior update, Johnson County Jail had a high rate of COVID-19 infections. The County has now tested the remaining 231 inmates, resulting in 104 positive tests. The State Health Department has educated the inmates about the virus and how to prevent further spread. In addition, the County is keeping those who have tested positive separate from those who have tested negative and requiring all jail staff to wear personal protective equipment. Access to the building is restricted until June 1. For more information, visit https://www.wthr.com/article/nearly-half-all-inmates-johnson-county-jail-test-positive-covid-19.

 ECONOMY

  • As previously updated, Marion County in the metropolitan Indianapolis area joins the rest of Indiana today in Stage 2 of Governor Holcomb’s five-stage plan for re-opening. Public gatherings, including places of worship, will allow up to 25 people; nonessential retail outlets, malls, and liquor stores may operate at 50 percent capacity; and libraries can provide curbside pickup. Next week, restaurants may open for outdoor seating. Nail and hair salons remain closed until further notice. For more information, visit https://fox59.com/news/while-you-were-sleeping-coronavirus-updates-for-may-15/.

HeplerBroom attorney Emilee M. Bramstedt contributed to this blog post.

COVID-19 Updates

HeplerBroom LLC COVID-19 Response

HeplerBroom has been diligently working on its response and continuity plan to the COVID-19 pandemic in order to keep the health and safety of our employees, their families, and our clients as our top priority.

To help ensure everyone’s continued health and well-being, effective Tuesday, March 17, 2020, all attorneys and staff will be working remotely until March 31. This is an unprecedented and dynamic situation, and HeplerBroom is committed to observing governmental suggestions and requirements concerning public health while continuing to provide legal service second to none.

To ensure this, the firm has identified essential personnel in each office who will make certain that critical firm functions that cannot be done remotely continue to be handled. We have put in place protocol for those essential personnel to make sure they are keeping healthy per the CDC cleaning and sanitizing recommendations. All teams have back-up personnel and procedures that we will follow to make sure all deadlines are met and clients receive the same great service and work product that we have always been proud to provide.

HeplerBroom’s IT department has been working hard to make sure all remote employees are set up with equipment and access from home to limit disruption to our clients. Maintaining security and confidentiality has remained, and will continue to remain, at the forefront of all processes and procedures, at all levels throughout the firm.

The firm has created emergency communication measures to communicate any changes to this plan to employees and are communicating on a regular basis with any and all new resources and helpful information during this uncertain time.

During these fluid and unpredictable times, HeplerBroom will continue its commitment to great service and results for our clients, all while keeping safe and healthy.

Wishing you and your families good health.