Memorial receives vaccines; 74 new casesDecember 17, 2020
By Herald Staff
JASPER — Memorial Hospital and Health Care Center has received COVID-19 vaccines.
The hospital received its shipment Thursday. Hospital officials are planning to start vaccinating frontline healthcare workers Friday, a hospital spokesperson said in a press release.
Meanwhile, more cases of the virus are being detected in Dubois County. The Indiana State Department of Health reported Thursday that the county has 74 new cases of the virus.
A total of 3,703 cases have been recorded in the county since the pandemic began, and 35 deaths related to the virus. A total of 34,275 COVID-19 tests have been performed on Dubois County residents.
The county was upgraded to the red zone Wednesday due to an increase in positivity rate. As of Thursday, the county's positivity rate was 18.91%.
Memorial officials said that Indiana’s vaccination distribution plan is as follows:
• Phase 1A: Includes health care workers and residents of long-term care facilities.
• Phase 1B: Includes high-risk patients, which will be defined by the state health department.
• Phase 2: Includes those who work and live in high-risk conditions (jails, the homeless, critical infrastructure workers).
• Phase 3: Includes the general population
Phase 1A is in progress; the timeline for the other phases have not yet been determined.
The Dubois County Health Department is no longer providing daily COVID-19 updates, but all the information can be found on the ISDH COVID-19 Dashboard at https://www.coronavirus.in.gov/2393.htm, which is updated every day at noon.
ISDH reported Thursday 6,458 new cases, bringing the statewide total to 447,190 cases. A total of 6,860 Hoosiers have died from the virus. Another 320 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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