Transcript for Can Notre Dame prevent future outbreaks?
From reopening college campuses to bringing back sporting events, city officials are doing their best to return a sense of normalcy while keeping communities safe. Joining us now from northern Indiana, South Bend mayor James Mueller. Thank you for being with us today. We've seen some encouraging news in your area, we know the number of coronavirus cases in St. Joseph's county the lowest in two months. What are you doing to encourage residents to keep that number going down? Indiana was among the first states to reopen in early may, after, you know, the slow the spread strategy from the national level. And at that time, our county was the first in Indiana to put in place mask requirement, and that was able to keep cases down in our county through the fourth of July. Unfortunately, around the July 4th, we let our guard down and cases started to go up again. But since then, we've been able to get it back. Down. It comes down to personal responsibility, spreading the message in terms of maintaining distancing, not getting too close indoors and limiting those large gatherings. We know that students at the university of notre dame are now back in classes, how are you working with the university to prevent further outbreaks especially now with college football season heading into full swing? Well, you know, there was a little bit of controversy early in the summer when the university announced that they would bring students back for in-person learning in the fall. But they've taken this very seriously, they actually had their researchers look at what types of masks were most effective, so there's a strong mask requirement on campus for students, faculty and staff, and then they also have a robust testing program as well as contact tracing. And what we saw with the uptick just a few weeks ago when classes did begin, they've been able to get that outbreak under control and they did that targeted limit on in-person learning for a couple weeks and now we're back to a good level, so if we do have a further outbreak, with the testing and the contact tracing and the isolation system they have in place, they'll be able to contain any outbreak. If we had that in place across the board we would be able to go about our business and stay safe at the same time. Your first nine months as mayor have been quite challenging -- a global pandemic, social unrest over police brutality, heightened political tensions with the upcoming presidential election -- looking ahead with all of that behind you, but you're still dealing with a lot of it presently, how are you feeling about South Bend as we move into this last quarter of the year? I'm cautiously optimistic that we've figured out as a city how do we go about moving forward with our lives and get our economy back on track, while we also stay safe and make sure that the virus didn't spread out of control. Optimistic about that, but a little nervous about what congress may or may not do. As you know, a lot of it hinges on what they do in terms of our economic recovery. Mayor James Mueller, thank you so much for being with us today.
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