County warns COVID-19 guidelines still in place

By Herald Staff

JASPER — The Dubois County Health Department reported today 17 new cases of COVID-19.

Of the county’s 1,223 cases, 929 have recovered and 22 deaths have been reported. A total of 9,209 Dubois County residents have been tested.

"Since the beginning of stage 5 we have started seeing a rise of new cases of COVID-19 in Dubois County," stated a Dubois County Health Department press release. "Tracking investigations have led to the knowledge that most of these cases are due to community spread (i.e. special events, travel, bars, wedding, family gatherings etc.)."

The release stated that "many people have let their guard down in regards to following the ongoing guidelines to mitigate this virus."

"Stage 5 did not lift these guidelines," according to the release. "At all times when we are around other people, outside of our home, we must continue to practice physical distancing and wearing a face covering. We have a duty and responsibility to do our best to curtail the spread of this disease. We can clearly see that the consequences of our negligence are resulting in our increasing numbers. Please refer to CDC.gov and coronavirus.in.gov for information on isolation and quarantine and many other common questions regarding COVID-19."

The Indiana State Department of Health reported today 1,569 new cases, bringing the statewide total to 138,104 cases. A total of 3,595 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.




More on DuboisCountyHerald.com