Wednesday, December 8th, 2021

Coronavirus Information

This page is dedicated to Coronavirus Disease (CoViD-19) information sharing. Regular updates are posted to the Health Department’s and Sheriff’s Department’s Facebook pages. We are also providing regular updates to the local media so we can keep you informed. Please be sure to check out the following links and FAQs for answers to many questions. 

Coronavirus Eviction and Foreclosure Prevention Guide

COVID-19 Rental Assistance Program

Click HERE for business reopening guidance


Looking to make a donation? Check out the following local organizations!

United Way of Franklin County

Franklin County Humane Society



Information for the Deaf Community about COVID-19/Coronavirus

Center for Health Deaf & Hard of Hearing Audiology




Franklin County Health Department’s Facebook Page

Franklin County Sheriff’s Department’s Facebook Page

Franklin County United Way Community Needs Survey

Batesville Herald-Tribune

Franklin County Observer

Whitewater Publications

WRBI Radio



www.BeWellIndiana.Org   Free mental health and substance abuse help.

CDC Coping with Daily Life During COVID

Also, telehealth appointments are available through Community Mental Health Center 765-647-4173

DOMESTIC VIOLENCE /SEXUAL ASSAULT – Safe Passage 24hr hotline 1-877-733-1990


STAYIN’ ALIVE & ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS substance abuse prevention

PAPER PANTRY – The Paper Pantry gives out things that aren’t able to be purchased on food stamps/SNAP- toilet paper, paper towels, trash bags, cleaners et cetera. The Paper Pantry is currently closed, but if you are in need call 765-647-2789 to make arrangements for pick up.

Flow chart illustrating how to seek food, rent, and utility assistance. For township trustee contacts, click here.

Flow chart illustrating how to seek food, rent, and utility assistance. For township trustee contacts, click here.



SIEOC Food Pantry – 528 Main St. Brookville

Every Tuesday and Wednesday from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.


RedLife Food Pantry– 1112 Main St., Brookville

3rd Saturday of the month, 10 a.m. to noon

4th Thursday of the month, 4pm to 6pm

People can come to both. No ID or verification at this time. Just drive thru and get a box of food. 


FCHS Food Pantry– 1 Wildcat Lane, Brookville

Occurs on the first Thursday of the month. Next one is April 9th

For people with students at ANY Franklin County school


SNAP Benefits
Call 211 for pre-screening to see if you qualify. All applications are being processed online through the FSSA Benefits Portal. You can also call for an application to be mailed: 800-403-0864. **NO benefits will lapse currently because of the virus. If your recertification is due, you do not need to worry about renewing at this time.**


Gleaners at Franklin County Senior Center- 11146 County Rd., Brookville

4th Wednesday of the month from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m.

Seniors 55 and over, ID required


WIC Supplemental Program for Women Infants and Children- 612 Main St. Brookville

Tuesdays from 8:30am-5pm / 2nd Tuesday of the month from 8:30am-7pm

Call to apply- 765-647-3663


School Food

Franklin County Community School Corporation’s Food Service Department is working to provide meals to students during closure. There are multiple sites throughout Franklin County where meals will be available for pick up. We will be offering cold and shelf stable sack breakfasts and lunches at the sites that parents/students/families will be able to pick up. Multiple days worth of meals (breakfasts & lunches) will be sent home at a time. Please be prepared with a bag or box for easy transport home. Meals will be available to children under the age of 18 at no cost. 1 location per family, per day.

Laurel Library 200 Clay St., Laurel 8:30am to 9:30am
Blooming Grove VFD 14080 SR 1, Brookville  8:30am to 9:30am
Andersonville Point 13250 Buena Vista Rd., Laurel 10:00am to 11:00am
Metamora Church of God 20146 US Highway 52, Laurel 8:30am to 9:30am
Brookville Town Park (near pool) 570 E. 9th St., Brookville 8:30am to 9:30am
Franklin County High School (student parking lot) 1 Wildcat Ln., Brookville 8:30am to 9:30am
Parkside Plaza 7191 Fox Run, Brookville 10:00am to 11:00am
St. Peters Carry Out 12203 St Peters Rd, Brookville 10:00am to 11:00am
Mt. Carmel Elementary 6178 Johnson Fork Rd, Cedar Grove 8:30am to 9:30am
Cedar Grove VFD 605 2nd St, Cedar Grove 8:30am to 9:30am
New Trenton Smyrna Baptist Church 4047 US-52, W. Harrison 10:00am to 11:00am



Face Mask Guidance


Governor Holcomb’s Stay at Home Executive Order 20-18 Continuing

Indiana Essential Businesses and Operations List

Indiana State Department of Health

Indiana Department of Homeland Security FAQs

State Emergency Registry of Volunteers for Indiana (SERV-IN)

SERV-IN is an electronic registration system and database of local, regional, and statewide volunteer programs who want to assist public health and healthcare systems during an event or disaster.

Indiana Attorney General’s Consumer Complaints/Price Gouging

You can file a consumer complaint with the Indiana Attorney General’s Office online or by filling out a printable form. You can also request a complaint form by calling 1.800.382.5516 or 317.232.6330. For price gouging complaints, please submit any photo documentation you have of price signage with your complaint.

Purdue Extension Resources



Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Information

Apple COVID-19 Screening Tool

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention 

Symptom Checker

Who Is At High Risk for Severe Illness

Preventing the Spread of CoViD-19 in Homes and Residential Communities

What To Do If You Are Sick Or Caring For Someone

Stress and Coping

Frequently Asked Questions

Federal Emergency Management Agency COVID Response and Rumor Control

World Health Organization 

Red Cross Blood Donations



Franklin County Humane Society – Pet Food Donations

CDC Pet Disaster Preparedness Kit

HSUS Planning For Farm Animals

Red Rover Animal Crisis Care – Emergency boarding, vet care, pet food, and other resources



Information for Hoosiers Looking for Assistance 

Unemployment Filing

The Indiana Department of Workforce Development is reminding Hoosiers that applying for unemployment insurance benefits can be completed electronically. Hoosiers can apply on a computer or smart phone. For more information on unemployment insurance, visit There, Hoosiers can find the Claimant Handbook, Frequently Asked Questions, a link to online filing and more information. Learn more. Due to the high volume of filers, it may be best to submit your paperwork during the overnight or early morning hours. 

For Ohio unemployment filing, click here:

For Kentucky unemployment filing, visit:

Indiana 211

Indiana 211 is a free service that connects Hoosiers with help and answers from thousands of health and human service agencies and resources right in their local communities – quickly, easily, and confidentially. Call 2-1-1 or visit their website.

2-1-1 can provide assistance on:
• Food & Clothing
• Mental Health & Addiction
• Health Care
• Housing & Utility Assistance
• Education & Employment
• Children & Family
• Tax Assistance
• Advanced Search

Childcare Assistance

Families who need help finding or paying for care can contact Brighter Futures Indiana staff at 1-800-299-1627 and a referral specialist can support them in their search. Every community has a Child Care Resource and Referral Agency (CCR&R) who can connect parents with local child care options and provide referrals for support. To find your local CCR&R, you can call 1-800-299-1627 or click here.

When locating care it is important to ensure that families are choosing licensed and regulated care for their children. To check if the environment is licensed or regulated you can go to or call 1-800-299-1627.



CDC Interim Guidance for Businesses and Employers to Plan and Respond to CoViD-19

Small Business Administration (SBA) Resources

SBA Disaster Loans for Small Businesses

What we know:

  • There are loans available at 3.75% for qualifying businesses and 2.75% for non profits, possible 30-yr terms
  • Applicant may predict losses of up to 6 months
  • Applicants must have good credit and must be able to document their need for assistance
  • Anyone needing more than $25,000 must collateralize the loan
  • While there is stimulus money for all size businesses, SBA loans apply to organizations with 500 or fewer employees

Indiana Contact
Lindsay Maliqi, Economic Development Specialist
Indiana District Office, U.S. Small Business Administration
(317) 226-7272 x128, Cell (317) 995-1791,

Southeast Indiana Small Business Development Center (SEISBDC)
The Southeast Indiana SBDC, which has 10 regional offices throughout the state, offers no-cost business advising for entrepreneurs and small businesses. Advisors are available to provide free advising and disaster relief loan application assistance for those impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. For more information, visit and contact your nearest regional office.

Ginnie A. Faller, Business Advisor
320 Walnut St., Lawrenceburg, IN 47025
(812) 537-0814,

Indiana Economic Development Corporation Offers Critical Industries Hotline

The Indiana Economic Development Corporation is offering a Critical Industries Hotline to field industry questions about Governor Eric J. Holcomb’s Executive Order 20-08, which provides for essential and non-essential business operations, infrastructure and government functions while the state observes a stay-at-home order from March 25-April 7. The Critical Industries Hotline will open Tuesday, March 24 at 9:00 am to help guide businesses and industries with the executive order. This center, reachable by calling 877-820-0890 or by emailing, is for business and industry questions only.