Food pantry update for Hagerstown-area residents

Jefferson Township Trustee Joe Smith said food pantry hours are from 1-4 p.m. Tuesdays and Fridays. While residents are not allowed into the office, they can knock on the back door and a box of prepackaged food will be brought to them. If you have an emergent need, you can call (765) 489-4824. It is asked if you are going to call that it is an actual emergency. If you are ill and unable to come to the office, Joe Smith will deliver.

Courthouse closed; here’s how to work with clerk’s office

Wayne County officials have closed the courthouse to the public after Indiana’s governor has ordered Hoosiers to stay home to fight against the COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak. During this time, the Clerk’s Main Office, Small Claims/Traffic and Voters Registration is limited in staffing onsite and will work from home. Effective immediately, and until further notice, Wayne County Clerk Debbie Berry encourages Wayne County citizens to use alternate methods for payments as listed below. For case filings or protective orders, call the clerk’s office at (765) 973-9220 and be directed to the appropriate deputy clerk for information, assistance or an appointment. Find forms at

Marriage Licenses issued on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays BY APPOINTMENT ONLY.

Fayette County counts 2 as COVID-19 positive after earlier Wayne County case reassigned

In a reversal of previously announced information, a person listed as a Wayne County resident who had a presumptive positive case of COVID-19 is now being counted as a Fayette County resident. On Tuesday, March 24, Fayette County Health Department announced the second presumptive positive case of COVID-19 in its county. That case had first been designated as a Wayne County resident, but investigators determined the patient primarily resided in Fayette County. The patient has spent the majority of time in Fayette County caring for an individual who also tested positive for COVID-19, the release said. Fayette County Health Department officials say they have been working closely with Wayne County Health Department and both cases have been thoroughly investigated, and they are also working closely with Reid Health and surrounding counties to provide updates on this rapidly changing situation, according to a press release.

March 23: Governor orders Hoosiers to stay home in fight against COVID-19

Indiana Governor Eric J. Holcomb delivered a statewide address Monday, March 23, to order that Hoosiers remain in their homes except when they are at work or for permitted activities, such as taking care of others, obtaining necessary supplies, and for health and safety. The order is in effect from March 25 to April 7. “The next two weeks are critical if we are to slow the spread of COVID-19, and we must slow the spread. You must be part of the solution, not the problem,” said Gov. Holcomb. The first positive case of COVID-19 in Indiana was reported on March 6.

Henry County, State of Ohio put in new restrictions

Henry County is limiting public or private gatherings to no more than 10 people, effective immediately, and closing all businesses except those listed as essential, and Ohio has put in place a “stay at home” order. Henry County
Workplaces may have more than 10 people on site. As of 5 p.m. Sunday, these are the businesses allowed to stay open in Henry County. The ordinance is in effect until May 23. Essential county/local government offices and services
Grocery stores
Funeral homes, provided that no more than 10 people are present during services
Health care service providers
Banks/lending institutions
Gas stations
Motor vehicle repair services
Restaurants and bars (service is limited to carry-out and delivery)
“Dollar” and convenience stores
Utility and garbage removal services
Laundromats and dry cleaning
Janitorial services
Veterinary services
Legal services
Home improvement businesses and hardware stores
Postal services, trucking and delivery services
Agricultural operations and businesses engaged in the manufacturing of food product
Energy delivery businesses and related services, such as propane delivery
Telecommunications and cellular services
Information technology services
Utility and infrastructure maintenance and repair
Daycare services for businesses that are permitted to remain open
Public parks and outdoor recreational facilities, provided that groups of no more than 10 gather and patrons utilize appropriate social distancing
Golf courses, provided no motorized golf carts may be utilized
Other businesses as requested in writing by Henry County Health Department, Henry County Board of Commissioners or Mayor of New Castle after being determined to be necessary to support critical and necessary services and functions
Anyone violating the ordinance shall be fined $200 upon the first violation and $2,000 for each subsequent violation.

Henry Community Health, Reid open respiratory clinics in response to COVID-19 emergency

Henry Community Health
Henry Community Health announced it has opened a Respiratory Clinic with hours of 7 a.m.-7 p.m. seven days a week. HCH officials say if patients can manage their symptoms at home, they ask that they please stay home. However, those who cannot manage their symptoms at home are asked to call the HCH Respiratory Clinic at (765) 599-3443. Those who have a fever or are experiencing respiratory symptoms are urged to call their physician’s office prior to attending a scheduled appointment, including testing. Other HCH updates:
* As of Saturday afternoon, HCH has closed its Immediate Care at Northfield Park Primary Care Campus and CardioPulmonary Rehab at Forest Ridge Medical Pavilion.

County, Richmond urge reduction of social, work interaction

Wayne County and Richmond government and health officials strengthened their pleas Friday night for area residents to help slow the spread of novel coronavirus as Reid Health sees an increase in respiratory illnesses. Residents are directed to cease all non-essential gatherings of people, including social gatherings and funerals, for the time being. Officials also urge local employers to reduce their in-person workforce by 30 percent or more, to reduce the transmission rate. They ask for as many employees to work at home as possible, especially those who are particularly susceptible to the virus. An increase in social distancing of six feet or more between co-workers and customers is also emphasized in all locations.

Latest COVID-19 testing numbers from Reid, state (March 23/24)

As of 4:45 p.m. Monday, March 23, Reid has sent in 58 COVID-19 tests. At this time, there have been 1 positive test, 21 negative tests, four presumptive positive and 32 pending results. The total includes hospitalized patients and self-quarantines. Testing availability remains limited and subject to approval by Indiana State Department of Health. Here are the state’s updated numbers as of Tuesday, March 24:
Total positive cases: 365
Total deaths: 12
Total tested: 2,931

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Wayne County closing fitness centers, salons, barber shops, tattoo parlors

In response to COVID-19, Wayne County Health Officer Dr. David Jetmore has issued a directive for all tattoo parlors, spas, gyms, fitness centers, nail salons, tanning salons, beauty salons and barber shops to close today (Thursday, March 19) until further notice. A statement from the health department said, “It is imperative that over at least the next two weeks the public limits their movement to essential services only. In order to control the spread of this virus and curb this epidemic, it is necessary to implement these controls.” Establishments should follow this directive as soon as possible, no later than 9 p.m. Thursday, March 19. Those with questions regarding this directive are asked to contact Christine Stinson, executive director of Wayne County Health Department.

Indiana closing schools until May 1; state income tax payment deadline extended

Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb has announced schools will not return until at least May 1, and when students return to school, they will not undergo standardized testing. A press release from state officials in connection with a March 19 press conference noted that Holcomb took additional unprecedented actions today to protect and support Hoosiers during the COVID-19 outbreak by signing executive orders that extend the closure of schools, provide economic relief and protections for individuals and businesses, and expand unemployment insurance benefits for those impacted by job loss. “Every day we learn more about how to tackle this monster. We are being thoughtful about how to approach every action we are taking in this national public health emergency and putting Hoosiers’ health and safety first,” said Gov. Holcomb. Daily COVID-19 testing capacity in Indiana has expanded with the addition of a new partnership between the Indiana State Department of Health and Eli Lilly and Company, and at least one other entity has initiated testing this week.