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Commissioner Explains Going All Virtual

(La Porte County, IN) - La Porte County Commissioners meetings are going virtual in response to the surge in COVID-19 cases.


Commission President Sheila Matias said she decided after the Michigan City government chose to conduct all public meetings via Zoom. Data shows the most significant risk for transmission is from larger groups gathered indoors for extended periods.


Matias also cited all five judges in La Porte County deciding not to have jury trials until at least February 18.


She said normal day-to-day business operations in county buildings continue because many county employees have been vaccinated, work in less crowded areas, and have other protections like plexiglass between themselves and patrons.


“It makes good common sense to take measures such as virtual public meetings to protect our employees and the citizens by reducing unnecessary risk,” she said.

The commissioner's meeting tonight at 6 p.m. will be via Zoom. In addition, the La Porte City Council meetings are also being held via Zoom until further notice.


The positivity rate in La Porte County recently climbed just above 30-percent but now stands at just below 30-percent. 

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