Masks still recommended; county sees 12 new cases

By Herald Staff

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is recommending more groups of people wear masks indoors.

On Tuesday, the CDC announced that it recommends fully vaccinated people to wear masks indoors again in places with high COVID-19 transmission rates. Recently, the agency also recommended universal indoor masking for all teachers, staff, students, and visitors to K-12 schools, regardless of vaccination status.

As far as any changes on the local level, officials take their cues from the state, which has not yet made any announcements.

“We follow what the state says,” said Shawn Werner, administrative director for the Dubois County Health Department. “So we’re waiting for guidance from the ISDH (Indiana State Department of Health) on what their determination is from this.”

But wearing masks has always been recommended in Indiana.

“It’s always been a recommended thing after the order was lifted,” Werner said. “If you feel like you want to protect yourself and others around you, then we still highly encourage people to wear masks.”

The Indiana State Department of Health reported 12 new COVID-19 cases in Dubois County on Wednesday.

The state health department has recorded a total of 6,283 positive cases in the county since the pandemic began, and 118 deaths related to the virus. A total of 21,581 county residents have been tested.

See the ISDH COVID-19 Dashboard at https://www.coronavirus.in.gov/2393.htm, which is updated every day at noon.

ISDH reported Wednesday 1,248 new cases across the state, bringing the statewide total to 768,624 cases. A total of 13,564 Hoosiers have died from the virus. Another 429 probable deaths have been reported.

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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