Health department needs help tracing contacts after COVID-positive person attended event

A COVID-19 positive person attended a July 31 event in Wayne County, and now health department officials say they are trying to find that person’s close contacts. In the same press release, the health department says at least 10 Northeastern High School students are quarantining for 14 days after coming into contact with a school staff member who has tested positive. Williamsburg event
At 7 p.m. Friday, July 31, an event took place at the Williamsburg Community Gym, 8441 N. Centerville Road in Williamsburg. Anyone who attended the event might have been exposed to a positive COVID-19 person, according to Christine Stinson, executive director of Wayne County Health Department. The health department is having difficulties identifying the close contacts from this event and is asking for anyone who attended to watch for any signs or symptoms of COVID-19 including headache, fever, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, nausea/vomiting and diarrhea, new loss of taste or smell, runny nose and chills.

Wayne County announces 10th COVID-related death; cases now at 334

Wayne County has had its 10th death related to COVID-19, according to the county’s health department. The victim, who was in his early 80s, had lived in a long-term care facility before being taken to Reid Health, where he died after a brief stay, according to the health department. His death was the fourth local fatality from COVID complications since July 19. “We should all remember these numbers represent people and not just statistics,” said Wayne County Health Officer Dr. David Jetmore. “It is a reminder we must redouble our efforts to keep one another safe.”
Wayne County has seen a significant rise in cases since the beginning of July.

Boy in critical condition after U.S. 40 crash

A 4-year-old Wayne County boy received life-threatening injuries after a Thursday evening crash near the intersection of Round Barn Road and U.S. 40 West. The crash took place shortly before 7:45 p.m. on Richmond’s far-west side. Sheriff Randy Retter said a white 2002 Pontiac van driven by David Kirkendall-Hollingsworth, 23, of Richmond, was westbound on U.S.40 approaching Round Barn. A black 2021 Ford truck driven by Christopher Justice, 28, of Cambridge City, was eastbound on U.S. 40 in the left lane. The vehicle driven by Kirkendall-Hollingsworth began a left turn across the eastbound lanes in an effort to enter the lot of a corner convenience store.

Wayne County surpasses 300 COVID cases day after 9th death announced

As of Friday, July 31, Wayne County has had 304 lab-confirmed positive cases of COVID-19, a day after the county health department announced the county’s ninth death related to the virus. After its number of hospitalizations recently dipped into the teens, Reid Health currently has 30 patients isolated in containment areas for COVID-19 cases or those suspected to have the virus and need medical care at Reid. Numbers are on the rise in neighboring counties as well. Henry County leads the counties touching Wayne with 356, and Henry’s northern neighbor, Delaware County, has 614. Franklin County is at 191 cases, Fayette County is at 149, Randolph County now has 101 cases, and Union County has 28.

Delay in paper deliveries in Richmond

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UPDATE: All of Centerville now needs to boil water

On Wednesday, July 29, Centerville officials announced a water boil advisory. The town originally announced a smaller area, but around 3:30 p.m., expanded that order to the entire town. Because of an emergency repair of a water main that services that area, it will be necessary for customers to be under a boil advisory until further notice. Boiling water is needed to ensure that residents’ water for consumption is pure and free of any bacteria. In order to achieve a good result, residents are urged to boil any water to be used for drinking or cooking, washing vegetables, etc.

Wayne County man dies after crash in Henry County

A Greens Fork man has died from his injuries in a Wednesday morning (July 29) two-vehicle crash in Henry County. Kyle Beckman, 34, of Greens Fork, had been airlifted to a hospital in Indianapolis after his Honda Accord was hit head-on by a Ford Explorer. About 8:42 a.m., Henry County Dispatch received a call of a head-on collision on County Road 300 West, north of County Road 50 North. They arrived on the scene along with emergency medical personnel and requested Indiana State Police’s District 51 Crash Reconstruction Investigators. The preliminary investigation by ISP Master Trooper Scott Keegan indicates that a silver Ford Explorer, driven by Stacie Boykin, 46, of New Castle, was northbound on County Road 300 West when her vehicle crested a hill left of center, according to a news release from Sgt.

Wayne County marks 8th COVID-related death

Wayne County Health Department was notified of another COVID-19 related death this week. Executive Director Christine Stinson announced the death Wednesday to local media. Stinson said a gentleman in his 60s tested positive for COVID-19 on July 6 and died July 19 at Reid Health. She said no further information will be released regarding this individual because of privacy concerns. As of Wednesday, Wayne County has 281 lab-confirmed cases of COVID-19.