During Monday’s Commissioners meeting, Tom Ryan, Boone County Health Department emergency services director, said the county has 279 cases of COVID-19 and 36 deaths, which are more than the numbers being reported by the Indiana State Department of Health. He recommended the commissioners continue the state of emergency declaration, citing the increase in community spread of COVID19. Ryan added that Witham Hospital has seen a slight increase in COVID19 patients, but is not experiencing an overwhelming surge. Ryan also said that there was a new testing site set up and positive cases were expected to rise. The commissioners extended the state of emergency declaration, giving commission president Donnie Lawson the ability to make immediate decisions alone. The commissioners will meet next Tuesday to consider extending the emergency declaration again. More details in the Lebanon Reporter.