16 COVID-19 deaths added to county's total

By Herald Staff

JASPER — A recent audit of death certificates and state health department reports has added 1,507 additional coronavirus-related deaths across the state, including 16 in Dubois County.

The state's COVID-19 dashboard reflected the additional deaths for Dubois County on Thursday. The total jumped from 82 to 98.

During Gov. Eric Holcomb's COVID-19 update on Wednesday, State Health Commissioner Dr. Kristina Box blamed the undercount of deaths on the speed in which COVID-19 deaths had to be tracked.

“Never before have local and state departments of health had to present data in real time before it was fully vetted,” Box said.

The Indiana State Department of Health's COVID-19 dashboard also reported Thursday 10 new COVID-19 cases in Dubois County.

A total of 5,712 cases have been recorded in the county since the pandemic began, and 98 deaths related to the virus. A total of 18,416 county residents have been tested.

See the ISDH COVID-19 Dashboard at https://www.coronavirus.in.gov/2393.htm, which is updated every day at noon.

ISDH also reported Thursday 2,403 new cases, bringing the statewide total to 633,690 cases. A total of 11,231 Hoosiers have died from the virus. Another 406 probable deaths have been reported.

The COVID-19 vaccine is now available to individuals age 65 and older. The Dubois County Health Department will continue to follow ISDH guidance as they release eligible groups. If you are wanting the vaccine, be patient. Pay attention to county health department press releases and its Facebook page for new information on vaccine eligibility.

Vaccine is available by appointment only to those currently eligible as determined by ISDH. That complete list is posted to www.ourshot.in.gov, and appointments can also be scheduled at that website or by calling 211 if you do not have internet access. There is no cost to the individual, but insurance may be charged an administration fee. Individuals should bring a photo ID and an insurance card if they have one. Do not come until your appointment time.

The COVID-19 testing site at the former Ruxer Golf Course building in Jasper is open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday. It is closed on Sunday and Monday.

Rapid COVID-19 tests are now available at the Dubois, Spencer and Martin County testing site during business hours while supplies last. These are rapid tests for use using a nasal swab collected from individuals who are suspected of having COVID-19. The sample must be collected within the first 7 days from onset of symptoms. The tests will not be used on anyone who has been asymptomatic. Results should be available about 30 minutes after test. To schedule an appointment for a rapid test, register at DuboisCountyTesting.as.me.

Register for an appointment for a PCR COVID-19 test at https://scheduling.coronavirus.in.gov/. You will have to click “I don’t have an invitation code.” If you do not have internet you can call the primary phone at 812-329-0523. If no one answers, leave a message and they will call you back. Results should be available within 72 hours. If you do not get your results, you can call the Indiana State Department of Health at 1-877-826-0011.

Testing is for anyone who lives or works in Indiana. Anyone can be tested, even those not showing symptoms. There is no charge for the testing. However, if you do have private health care insurance, you are asked to bring that to the testing site.

Memorial Hospital and Health Care Center also has a COVID-19 drive-thru testing site located at the corner of Third Avenue and Rumbach Street in Jasper.

The site is the former Old National Bank building next to Fazoli’s. It replaces drive-thru testing that was previously available at the Urgent Care Center in Huntingburg. A physician/provider order and appointment time are required. Drive-thru times are 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. Call Memorial Hospital’s COVID-19 hotline at 812-996-6330 with any questions.

Other options for COVID-19 testing are:

• Memorial Urgent Care (507 E. 19th St., Huntingburg): Patient is evaluated by a provider who determines testing and treatment. Open daily, Monday through Sunday, from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

• Memorial Hospital Emergency Department (800 W. 9th St., Jasper): Patient is evaluated by a provider who determines testing and treatment. Open 24 hours a day.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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