Late April 2 Reid update: 28 positives, 63 patients in containment areas

As of 4 p.m. Thursday, April 2, Reid Health has 28 lab-confirmed positive COVID-19 tests from Indiana State Department of Health and independent lab tests. Reid also has 63 patients in its containment areas. A total of 189 tests have been submitted. Tests include inpatient, outpatient and emergency department visits. Because of the lag time in state reported data, Reid Health is sharing with the community its own data.

April 2: Reid up to 25 positive tests, 63 patients contained

As of 10 a.m. Thursday, April 2, Reid Health has noted 25 lab-confirmed positive COVID-19 tests, and has 63 patients in containment areas. Reid has submitted 174 COVID-19 tests for processing. Tests include inpatient, outpatient and emergency department testing to date. Reid officials say because of the lag time in state-reported data, they are sharing their own data with the community. In addition, officials announced earlier this week that Reid’s data will no longer include the number of negative tests results as studies are showing a relatively high “false negative” outcome of testing.

State offering free virtual FAFSA filing help for students, families on April 4

April 15 deadline to file for student financial aid eligibility swiftly approaching

The Indiana Commission for Higher Education is encouraging all students to file the 2020-21 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) before the approaching April 15, 2020, deadline. As part of the state’s annual Cash for College campaign, the Commission is joining with INvestED Indiana to host a virtual FAFSA Frenzy event on Saturday, April 4. The annual FAFSA Frenzy is typically held in person, however, the event will be held virtually to maintain the health and safety of Hoosiers during the COVID-19 outbreak and to follow Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb’s executive orders surrounding staying at home and social distancing. Students and families can seek assistance through the Commission’s Learn More Indiana social media platforms, which will be manned by Commission staff members during the live event. Staff will be answering common FAFSA questions and posting videos about the FAFSA.

April 1: Wayne County confirms 2 more cases; nearby ill resident attended event here with 200 people

Wayne County Health Department officials announced Wednesday, April 1, that they have learned two more Wayne County residents have tested presumptive positive for COVID-19. This brings the total number of residents who have tested presumptive positive for COVID-19 to four. One resident was tested in Ohio. Wayne County health officials say they are working closely with Ohio State Department of Health and Indiana State Department of Health to provide a complete case investigation. As part of a case investigation, the Wayne County Health Department was informed an individual from a neighboring county tested presumptive positive for COVID-19.

March 31: Reid up to 23 positives, 46 patients in containment areas

As of 5 p.m. Tuesday, March 31, Reid Health has received more COVID-19 test results. It is showing 23 lab-confirmed positive cases in its eight-county service area and 46 patients in containment areas. It has submitted a total of 166 tests. The numbers include tests from Indiana State Department of Health and independent lab tests. They include inpatient, outpatient, and Emergency Department testing to date.

1 county, 1 paper

Effective April 8, Nettle Creek Gazette content will be added to Western Wayne News to provide full blend of countywide info

By Brenda and Jim McLane
Hometown Media Group is so blessed to be in Wayne County where people band together in tough times. The COVID-19 pandemic has thrown curve after curve to every individual and business, but people are not giving up. We are #WayneCountyStrong! Last week, we informally notified our store sites we would likely publish one more edition of each, the Western Wayne News and Nettle Creek Gazette newspapers, but would stop store deliveries. That meant the April 1 editions would only be mailed to subscribers.

March 30: Wayne has second presumptive positive COVID case; Fayette up to 8 cases, Franklin at 28

Wayne County health officials announced Monday that the county has its second presumptive positive case of COVID-19 in a resident. The local patient is self-isolating at home, and no more information will be released because of privacy laws. “In Wayne County we have been able to slow the case numbers down compared to some of our neighboring counties,” said Dr. David Jetmore, Wayne County’s health officer, in a news release. “This is all due to the sacrifices and cooperation of our citizens. We have always known we would have more cases; we just try to minimize the numbers.”

More East Central Indiana residents are getting COVID-19 tests, and deaths are being announced related to the highly contagious virus.

March 29: Fayette County confirms 5th positive COVID-19 case

On Sunday, March 29, Fayette County health officials have confirmed the fifth positive case of COVID-19 in the county. The patient is hospitalized, and no further information will be released about the person because of privacy laws. Fayette County Health Department says it is working closely with local and state health officials to ensure contacts of the patient are identified and monitored, and that all infection control protocols are being followed. As of 7 p.m. Saturday, March 28, Reid Health has submitted 102 COVID-19 tests, with 10 positive results and 58 negative. Thirty-four results are pending.

Flash Flood Watch until 8 a.m. Sunday

The National Weather Service in Wilmington has issued a Flash Flood Watch for portions of East Central Indiana and Ohio, including the following areas, in East Central Indiana, Wayne. In Ohio, Champaign, Clark, Darke, Delaware, Franklin OH, Licking, Logan, Madison, Miami, Shelby, and Union OH. * Until 8 AM EDT Sunday

* Additional rainfall associated with strong thunderstorms will affect the area that received heavy rain and flooding this afternoon and evening. * AFFECTED AREAS: MADISON … UNION …