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NOBLESVILLE, Ind. — Hamilton County health leaders are answering a call from the mayor of Indianapolis to work together to help stop the spread of coronavirus.

Last week, Indianapolis mayor Joe Hogsett and Marion County health director Dr. Virginia Caine called on the counties surrounding Marion County to work with the Capital City in stopping the spread.

“The more we know about what each other is doing as a region, I think will strengthen our fight against the pandemic,” said Mayor Hogsett.

When Hogsett made that announcement, Hamilton County Health Department administrator Barry McNulty said he and his staff were already thinking about ways to collaborate with neighboring counties.

“We were already talking about this,” McNulty said to WISH-TV. “So we just incorporated that information to the local elected officials.”

McNulty was unable to say exactly how they plan to collaborate with Marion County, but McNulty did say that he feels any plans between the two counties like won’t include further shutdowns.

“I don’t that we’re going to be able to go back to doing things like we did in April or May,” he said. “We’ve learned a lot. I think we’ve learned that you don’t have to shut everything down to be safe.”

Still, he agrees with Mayor Hogsett that with so many people living in central Indiana that a more regional approach is what’s needed to fight the pandemic.