Handful of COVID-19 cases reported in schools

By CHRISTINE STEPHENSON
cstephenson@dcherald.com

COVID-19 cases continue to be reported in Dubois County, including a handful of cases in schools.

The Indiana State Department of Health has reported 30 new COVID-19 cases and no new deaths in the county since Friday. This brings the county’s total to 6,530 cases and 118 deaths related to the virus. Additionally, ISDH reported Monday 1,902 new cases across the state, bringing the statewide total to 803,403 cases and 13,714 deaths related to the virus, including another 430 probable deaths.

Three of the four Dubois County high schools — Jasper High School, Southridge High School and Forest Park Junior-Senior High School — reported new student cases as of Monday afternoon, although the cases totaled fewer than five for the three schools combined. Jasper Middle School reported new staff cases, but it was also fewer than five.

Every other school in the county included in the state’s COVID-19 dashboard did not record any new student, teacher or staff cases. Although new case numbers are low, school has only been back in session in Dubois County for less than a week.

No schools in the county are requiring COVID-19 vaccinations or masks in class, although some schools such as Holy Trinity Catholic School are requiring masks on buses. School protocols may be adjusted if cases continue to rise.

In addition to schools, ISDH also provides updates on COVID-19 in long-term care facilities. No new resident cases have been reported at any in Dubois County. Across the state, 60 new cases and six deaths were reported at long-term care facilities. The long-term care COVID-19 dashboard updates at noon every Wednesday.

Since the pandemic began, St. Charles Health Campus has reported 56 resident cases and 19 deaths; Legacy Living of Jasper has reported 14 cases and 10 deaths; Skilled Caring Center of Memorial Hospital has reported 11 cases and fewer than five deaths; Cathedral Health Care Center has reported 33 cases and eight deaths; The Waters of Huntingburg has reported 25 cases and six deaths; Brookside Village has reported five cases, and Hildegard Health Center has never reported any cases.

In Dubois County long-term care facilities, 82.1% of residents and 59.1% of staff are fully vaccinated. In Indiana, 82.8% of residents and 52.8% of staff are fully vaccinated. The lowest vaccination rate at a long-term care facility in the county is Brookside Village at 66.7% of residents. The highest rate is the Hildegard Health Center at 100%.

ISDH reported Friday 66 new fully-vaccinated individuals in Dubois County, for a total of 19,512 people, or 54.3% of the county’s population. Besides Warrick County, this is the highest vaccination rate of Dubois County’s surrounding area.

Neighboring counties’ rates are: Warrick, 60.2%; Spencer, 48%; Perry, 52.9%; Crawford, 42.7%; Orange, 45.5%; Martin, 37.5%; Daviess, 34.1% and Pike, 39.5%. The state’s lowest vaccination rate is in LaGrange County at 24.3%, and the highest rate is in Hamilton County at 74.9%.

In Indiana, there were 12,890 new fully-vaccinated individuals for a total of 3,014,224 people.

The state health department also reports breakthrough cases, or anyone who tests positive for COVID-19 at least 14 days after being fully vaccinated. As of Monday, Indiana had 6,740 breakthrough cases, which only accounts for 0.225% of those who are fully vaccinated. There have been 78 breakthrough deaths, which accounts for 0.003% of those who are fully vaccinated. Almost all breakthrough deaths were of those aged 65 and older.

The highest vaccination rates in both the state and county were from about mid-March through mid-April. In the county, people aged 60-64 make up the highest% of vaccinations in the county at 11.7%, followed by people aged 65-69 and those aged 55-59.

See the ISDH COVID-19 Dashboard at https://www.coronavirus.in.gov/2393.htm, which is updated every day at noon. The long-term care and school dashboards can be found on the same homepage.

The Dubois/Spencer/Martin County COVID-19 testing site at the former Ruxer Golf Course building in Jasper has closed as of July 8, due to a lack of funding.

The state-funded COVID-19 testing site grant that provided this free service to Dubois, Spencer and Martin county residents expired June 30. The second round of funding for the site was due to arrive on July 1, but has not yet been allocated. Until a new contract is signed, the testing site will remain closed.

If you have questions, you can contact the Dubois County Health Department at 812-481-7050.

Other options for COVID-19 testing are:

• Memorial Hospital Emergency Department (800 W. Ninth St., Jasper): Patient is evaluated by a provider, who determines testing and treatment. Open 24 hours a day.

• CVS (multiple locations): Tests anyone with or without symptoms. Availability based on locations. Schedule an appointment through https://cvs.com.




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