During a meeting on Tuesday, Posey County Commissioners passed a new Executive Order, putting new COVID-19 restrictions in place within Posey County.
The new Executive Order restricts gathering sizes to 150 people. Events exceeding that size must be cleared by the health department to take place.
That rule does apply to worship services but does not apply to school during class. It does, however, apply to after-school activities.
"Our numbers are going up, getting at a more dangerous level for keeping our kids in schools, keeping our restaurants open," said Posey County Health Officer Kyle Rapp. "So the sooner we can do things to mitigate, slow that down, the more likely we can keep everything open and functioning at a level that is, hopefully, beneficial to everybody."
The Executive Order passed Tuesday will be in effect as of Tuesday, Oct. 27, and will last until at least Nov. 3. One day prior to the order's expiration, it will be re-evaluated and either ended on its current end date or extended to continue.
The new COVID-19 order only applies to "unincorporated" areas of the county, not including towns such as Mt. Vernon, New Harmony, or Poseyville.
In Posey County on Tuesday, one new COVID-19 death was reported, in addition to five new positive cases of the virus. So far, a total of 679 of the county's residents have tested positive for COVID-19, while six total have died from it.