County reports 81 new COVID-19 cases

By Herald Staff

JASPER — The Dubois County Health Department reported today 81 new cases of COVID-19.

The case count is cumulative of cases reported over the weekend. The breakdown is: 57 cases on Saturday, 11 on Sunday and 13 on Monday.

Of the county’s 1,206 cases, 926 have recovered and 21 deaths have been reported. A total of 9,055 Dubois County residents have been tested.

The Indiana State Department of Health reported today 1,581 new cases, bringing the statewide total to 136,555 cases. A total of 3,568 Hoosiers have died from the virus. Another 227 probable deaths have been reported.

In a press release, the county health department wanted to let the public and those waiting on their COVID-19 test results from Oct. 1 and 2 know about something that happened.

Here's their statement:

"The cooler containing all those tests were pickup by a state hired courier at 5 p.m. and by the time the cooler made it to the lab, they were closed. The cooler was then taken to the courier’s warehouse for proper storage. The next morning, the cooler was picked up and then taken to the wrong lab. After many phone calls with the courier, the lab and ISDH (Indiana State Department of Health), the cooler was finally located. Most of the samples have been run and results should have been sent to the individuals affected. Although this misfortune was beyond our control, we are truly sorry for any inconvenience this may have caused."

The county health department advised that for anyone using the testing site at the Ruxer Golf Course building, most results should be available in approximately three to four business days . Results should come to you by a phone call or text message. The ISDH is behind on both results notification and contact tracing, so stay home if you are sick to help slow the  spread of COVID-19. If 72 hours have passed, contact the ISDH for information about your results at 1-877-826-0011.

"Due the overwhelming workload and call volume the Dubois County Health Department has been experiencing, we are asking anyone who has been tested positive for COVID-19 to please contact their employer or school IMMEDIATELY," stated the press release. "We have been doing our best to notify businesses with this information but cannot guarantee this will happen in a timely manner if this trend continues."

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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