Another COVID-19 death, 12 new cases recorded

By Herald Staff

JASPER — The Indiana State Department of Health reported Wednesday another COVID-19-related death in Dubois County, in addition to 12 new cases of the virus.

A total of 5,602 cases have been recorded in the county since the pandemic began, and 82 deaths related to the virus. A total of 17,995 county residents have been tested.

The Indiana State Department of Health has moved Dubois County’s weekly score to “Orange," the Dubois County Health department shared today in a news release. However, the county still remains in the “Red” advisory level requirements. These levels are based on COVID-19 positivity rates.

On Nov. 13, Gov. Eric Holcomb issued Executive Order 20-48 that introduced county level measures and restrictions based on each county’s color. Whenever a county’s metric/score rises to a higher color category, that county is moved to a more restrictive advisory level. When a county meets the metric/score of a less restrictive color category, it must remain in the less restrictive color for two consecutive weeks to be allowed to move down to the lower advisory level.

For this reason, a county’s advisory level can be different than its current weekly score. You can see each of these maps on the ISDH dashboard by selecting “Advisory Level” or “Weekly Score” from the map filter dropdown box.

The county health department is no longer providing daily COVID-19 updates, but all the information can be found on the ISDH COVID-19 Dashboard at https://www.coronavirus.in.gov/2393.htm, which is updated every day at noon.

ISDH reported Wednesday 2,260 new cases, bringing the statewide total to 617,176 cases. A total of 9,470 Hoosiers have died from the virus. Another 375 probable deaths have been reported.

The Dubois County Health Department will host a mass COVID-19 vaccination clinic from 8 a.m. to noon on Saturday at Jasper Middle School, 3600 Portersville Road, Jasper.

You are asked to arrive at your scheduled appointment time and to use the north side parking lot behind the school building (follow the signs).

The clinic is for anyone eligible according to the Indiana State Department of Health guidelines, which include any health care worker, workers at a health care facility with direct patient care, first responders with direct patient care when responding to an accident or event, long-term care workers and residents, and anyone over the age of 70. A full list can be found at www.ourshot.in.gov.

The only way to receive the COVID-19 vaccine is by scheduling an appointment at www.ourshot.in.gov or by calling 211 for those individuals who do not have internet access. Choose “Dubois Co. HD Jasper Middle Sch VAX” clinic site for Saturday’s one-day clinic.

Several things have changed at the COVID-19 testing site at the former Ruxer Golf Course building Jasper, which was formerly managed by OptumServe. The site at 400 S. Clay St. in Jasper is now 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.




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