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765.668.2900

 

600 S. Washington St.

Marion, IN 46953

mpl@marion.lib.in.us

Fax: 765-668-2911

Transportation

Free parking in the lot behind the library & on the streets surrounding the library. (Remember that Washington, 7th, Boots, and 6th streets are one-way, as is the MPL drive off of 6th Street.)

 

Sheltered bus stop on Washington St.

 

Bike racks in front & back;

a limited number of locks available

for checkout from the Circulation Desk. 

Indiana History & Museum

Mon, Wed, Fri: 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

Tues, Thurs: 9 a.m.-8 p.m.

Sat: 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

Sun: 1-4 p.m.

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RESPONSE & NEWS

OFFICIAL SOURCES

WHAT'S NEW

4/8/2020

Grant County has 24 confirmed positive COVID-19 cases and 2 deaths. (A death reported 4/5 turned out to be from another cause.) So far, 152 tests have been administered. Current modeling suggests that Grant County's cases could peak on April 19. 

Gov. Eric Holcomb has daily news briefings at 2:30 p.m. Monday-Friday.

 

Under the executive order signed 4/7, essential businesses should limit the number of customers, clearly mark social distancing of at least 6 feet, and continue added cleaning. Businesses that do not comply may be cited with a Class B misdemeanor under the Emergency Disaster Law, with up to 180 days incarceration and a potential fine up to $1,000. Communities may create stricter orders, but they cannot ease state restrictions. However, no local entity may restrict traffic in its jurisdiction above a Travel Watch status.

City of Marion offices are closed other than the Building Department; business will be conducted by phone, email, or fax. The Building Department will continue to do inspections and issue building permits. City maintenance will neither pick up nor accept lawn waste. Parks are open, including The Gardens at Matter Park. Playgrounds and shelters are closed, including the Red Barn and The Garden House. All April reservations are canceled.
 

Marion Transportation Department is offering limited on-demand bus service for transportation to medical appointments, grocery stores, pharmacies, and other essential trips. Call 765-668-4445 at least 24 hours in advance.

Gov. Holcomb has extended the stay-at-home order to April 20 and the health state of emergency to May 5. Indiana's cases are beginning to surge. President Donald Trump has approved Indiana's disaster declaration, which opens up national funding for food programs, temporary shelters, protective equipment, safety resources, personnel, and crisis counseling.

Indiana public schools will not reopen their doors for the rest of the school year. Schools will continue offering at-home instruction. Seniors already enrolled in classes should be able to graduate, presuming they've made adequate progress. State-assessment tests - including IREAD, ILEARN, ISTEP - are canceled. Students received information about tests and other requirements for Advanced Placement and dual-credit classes.

Unemployment benefits and small-business relief are expanding. All WorkOne offices are closed. Filing online is preferred; filing by phone remains available though there are extended wait times. The Department of Workforce Development asks that calls be limited to filing; DWD is unable to answer questions about the federal stimulus package. More about COVID-19 specific issues.

 

FAFSA filing date is April 15 for those seeking financial aid for higher education. The contact phone number for assistance for Grant County residents: 317-617-0237 or INvestEd at 317-715-9007

You can support local first-responders and health-care workers by donating to Grant County EMA's pass-through fund through Grant County Community Foundation. The money will fund protective gear.

 

Marion Utilities has closed its office to the public. This has no effect on water service. Trash pickup will continue; dropoff recycling is closed. The office has temporarily suspended water cutoffs in light of urgent needs to promote hand-washing. Inquiries: 765-664-2392, Option 2 during office hours (8 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Friday) or Option 4 to leave a message after hours. Payments may be made at the kiosk, drive-up window, or online.

Grant County has a level-orange travel advisory, limiting trips to work, getting food and supplies, medical care, emergencies.

Federal and Indiana state income tax payment deadlines are now July 15. Indiana calls on counties to waive fines for property taxes paid after May 11; the state will work with counties to help with cash flow. File for free online.

REPORTS

Harvard Business News shares reports about economic and business issues. Some reports are geared to small businesses.

Johns Hopkins COVID-19 map shows the virus' spread worldwide.

Nextstrain is tracking in real time how the virus is changing.

GOVERNMENT MEETINGS

Grant County Alcohol and Tobacco Commission: 4/7/2020 meeting canceled.

OFFICIAL INFO

4/8/2020

Grant County  Emergency Management Agency (EMA) advisory

4/7/2020

Grant County EMA advisory

4/6/2020

City of Marion executive order

Grant County EMA advisory

4/5/2020

Grant County EMA advisory

Grant County Health Department announcement of the first local COVID-19 deaths. (Has been amended to 2 deaths; 1 turned out to be from another cause.)

 

City of Marion news release

PREVIOUS WEEKS

Grant County EMA advisory on 4/4.

Grant County EMA advisory on 4/3.

Grant County EMA advisory on 4/2.

Grant County EMA advisory on 4/1.

 

Grant County EMA advisory on 3/31.

Grant County EMA advisory on 3/29.

Grant County EMA advisory on 3/28.

 

Grant County EMA advisory on 3/27.

Grant County EMA advisory on 3/26.

Grant County EMA advisory on 3/25.

Grant County EMA advisory on 3/24.

Marion Utilities advisory on 3/24.

Grant County EMA advisory on 3/23.

Grant County Economic Growth Council announces financial assistance on 3/23.

City of Marion shuts down City Hall, limits offerings to essential services on 3/23.

Grant County EMA advisory on 3/20.

Grant County Commissioners report on 3/19

Grant County EMA advisory on 3/19

Indiana Resource guide lists where to find situation updates, and information about travel, unemployment insurance, child-care help, assistance, state parks, and more.

Grant County Courts announcement on 3/18

Grant County Executive order announcement on 3/18

LOCAL LINKS

Grant County updates.

City of Marion links

 

Marion General Hospital COVID-19 information

Marion/Grant-County Chamber of Commerce has resources for local businesses

Grant County Economic Growth Council offers the preliminary application for the small-business loan fund

Local businesses and residents can help each other with this communication via Facebook - who's open, alternative ways of shopping, etc.

STATE LINKS

Indiana Coronavirus updates

Indiana Coronavirus cases map by county.

Indiana executive orders 

Coronavirus 24/7 Call Center at 877-826-0011 can answer general questions, though it can offer no medical advice nor test results.

Indiana Attorney General offers links and tips to prevent fraud, lodge complaints, and have a little fun with the U.S. FTC Scam Bingo Card. (Call from your own number - BINGO!)

Unemployment filing information or call 800-891-6499

Find out about aid for food, cash assistance, or health insurance at Indiana Family and Social Services Administration or call 800-403-0864

Child care options

The Indiana Department of Transportation is doing roadwork while traffic has subsided. Some counties have travel advisories. Check both before you leave home.

Indiana 2-1-1 is a free, confidential service that steers Hoosiers to local resources. Can be accessed online or by calling 2-1-1; open 24 hours day, every day.

 

Indiana Resource guide lists where to find situation updates, and information about travel, unemployment insurance, child-care help, assistance, state parks, and more. 

FEDERAL LINKS

Information from the CDC.

Small business disaster assistance from the SBA or call 800-659-2955

MPL & COVID-19

UPDATED 4/8/2020