County: 168 new cases, returns to red zone

By Herald Staff

Dubois County has moved back into the red zone, meaning community spread of COVID-19 is high.

The county was upgraded to the red zone Wednesday due to an increase in positivity rate. As of Wednesday, the county's positivity rate was 18.91%.

The Indiana State Department of Health reported Wednesday 168 new COVID-19 cases in Dubois County.

A total of 3,633 cases have been recorded in the county since the pandemic began, and 35 deaths related to the virus. A total of 14,283 COVID-19 tests have been performed on Dubois County residents.

Dubois County Health Officer Dr. Theodore Waflart gave a summary of the requirements and restrictions Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb implemented for the red designation on Nov. 13 (Executive Order 20-50). The summary follows:

• In order to preserve hospital bed and staffing capacity, for the period beginning Dec. 16 through Jan. 3, licensed hospitals are directed to postpone and/or reschedule non-emergent procedures to be performed in an in-patient setting which are unlikely to result in a significant risk to a patients’ s acute condition or long-term outcome.

• All businesses and entities continuing operations or resuming full operations are required to develop a plan to implement measures and institute safeguards to ensure a safe environment for their employees, customers, clients and members.

• Face covering requirements: All Hoosier businesses are required to place clearly visible signage at their public and employee entrances notifying that face coverings are required for all individuals entering the business. All employees shall wear a face covering and businesses should only admit those customers, clients, vendors and other visitors who wear face coverings.

• Social distancing: maintaining at least six (6) feet of distance from other individuals is still required.

• Religious services and places of worship are strongly encouraged to livestream services or provide virtual or drive in services to safely serve their communities.

• Social gatherings of any kind, inside or outside, are limited to 25 people.

• Attendance at winter indoor K-12 extracurricular and co-curricular activities, including IHSAA sports, is limited to participants, support personnel and student’s parents, guardians, siblings, and other minor children of a parent or guardian.

• Community recreational sports leagues and tournaments may continue with participants, required personnel, and parents, guardians, siblings, spouses, and minor children of participants or personnel.

• Senior care center activities must be cancelled or suspended.

• Restaurants and retail business are strongly encouraged to promote phone/online ordering with curbside pick-up.

• Hospitals, long-term care, and other congregate settings should follow the CMS and ISDH guidance on limitation based on community metrics.

• The ISDH, Indiana Department of Homeland Security and the Alcohol & Tobacco Commission local boards of health, and other state and local officials or law enforcement officers may take all available administrative and enforcement actions against businesses or entities failing to comply with restrictions and other public health requirements for businesses as set forth in this executive order.

The Dubois 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 6,283 new cases, bringing the statewide total to 440,850 cases. A total of 6,781 Hoosiers have died from the virus. Another 320 probable deaths have been reported.

Several things have changed at the COVID-19 testing site at the former Ruxer Golf Course building, 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.

Register for appointment 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.

For the most up-to-date COVID-19 information, visit www.duboiscountyherald.com.




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