With 49 new cases, county now 'Code Red'

By Herald Staff

JASPER — The Indiana State Department of Health reported Wednesday 49 new cases of COVID-19 in Dubois County.

The state now considers the county as "Code Red," due to the county's seven-day positivity rate of 15.86%.

According to the Dubois County Health Department, the "red" designation "indicates very high positivity and community spread within the county."

A total of 1,723 cases have been recorded in the county, and 28 deaths related to the virus. A total of 10,380 Dubois County residents have been tested.

The county health departments encourages the public to remain vigilant. "Be vigilant when you are around other individuals by following the public health guidelines we currently have in place," a news release states. "These are physical distancing, wearing a mask, avoid crowds, stay home if you are sick or have been tested, and practice good hygiene."

The department also encourages ventilation in indoor spaces. "You should keep air moving with fans, cracking windows and opening doors when possible," the department advises.

It also encourages the public to get the flu vaccine now and the COVID-19 vaccine when it becomes available.

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.

The Indiana State Department of Health reported Wednesday 3,756 new cases, bringing the statewide total to 191,764 cases. A total of 4,224 Hoosiers have died from the virus. Another 240 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.

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