Concerned with the amount of traffic seen in the county as warm weather starts to return, Clinton County Commissioners released a statement Thursday evening asking the public to adhere to the stay-at-home guidelines ordered by Gov. Eric Holcomb on March 23.

“Clinton County has experienced low numbers with Covid-19,” the statement began. As of Friday morning, there were three confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Clinton County out of 88 tests. “With the warmer weather we are seeing more traffic on our roadways. The Governor has given a broad set of rules to follow for essential businesses to remain open. The County Commissioners have the authority to ban all travel under Indiana State Law. We are trying to refrain from doing so. We need to see a significantly reduced amount of traffic and social interaction.”

The commissioners also asked the public to please research the virus and warned that a spike in COVID-19 cases could quickly overwhelm the local healthcare system.

“Our hospital is prepared, our county is prepared but we cannot take care of all of us in the worst scenario possible,” the statement continued. “There is no way to sugarcoat this. There are not enough hospital beds and ventilators for our 33,000 residents to be cared for if we don’t slow the spread now.”

The commissioners are asking the public to please visit covidactnow.org and click on Indiana.

“You can see how easily our healthcare system could become overwhelmed. Even with the small percentage of persons who could become deceased from Covid-19,” the statement continued. As of Friday morning, there were 102 deaths out of 3,437 confirmed cases in Indiana according to the Indiana Department of Health’s figures – about 3 percent. “Our state’s Coroner and Morgue Services will quickly become overwhelmed. While we understand the virus doesn’t show severe symptoms in most cases, we need to do whatever we can now to keep people alive.”

The commissioners’ statement concluded with a plea to the public to stay home.

“Stay away from people that don’t live with you,” it read. “Do whatever it takes to stay healthy. People of any age can be affected. We need your help, follow the rules. It’s no fun to be shut in your house, but you have to find ways to make it work. All of our lives depend on everyone doing their part.”