County reports uptick in COVID-19 cases

By Herald Staff

JASPER — The Dubois County Health Department is warning residents that the county is seeing another uptick in COVID-19 cases after reporting 19 new positive cases today.

"The Dubois County Health Department wants to remind everyone that the SARS-CoV-2 (Covid-19) virus is continuing to spread community wide," states a health department press release.

Of the county’s 1,040 cases, 882 have recovered and 19 deaths have been reported. A total of 8,536 Dubois County residents have been tested.

"We must continue to take every step possible to help prevent its spread," the press release also states. "Wear a mask, wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or use hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth. Sneeze or cough into a tissue, or inside of your elbow. Disinfect frequently used items and surfaces as much as possible. Stay home if you are feeling ill. Please continue to practice physical distancing and stay at least 6 feet from others. The statewide mask mandate is still in effect."

According to Memorial Hospital and Health Care Center’s COVID-19 Dashboard, the Jasper hospital has submitted 6,449 tests. Of those, 5,735 were negative. The hospital notes that a patient’s address will determine what county reports the positive case.

The Indiana State Department of Health reported Wednesday 965 new cases, bringing the statewide total to 120,019 cases. A total of 3,405 Hoosiers have died from the virus. Another 227 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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