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.

Fayette County confirms first COVID-19 death; Reid notes 9 positives; 23 cases now in Franklin County

Fayette County has confirmed its first death related to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), and tests and cases continue to be diagnosed in eastern Indiana. On Friday, March 27, Fayette County Health Department announced a man older than 80 died at Reid Health in Connersville on March 18. His COVID-19 test results were confirmed Friday. The Fayette County resident also suffered from multiple underlying medical conditions, according to a press release from the health department. “As the Fayette County Health Officer, it is with a heavy heart that I share the devastating news that we have experienced our first COVID-19 related death in our county,” said Dr. Wayne B. White.

Franklin County reports 1st COVID death, Randolph County reports first COVID cases

Franklin County (Indiana) Health Department has reported that the county has had its first death related to COVID. The person, a male in his 60s, had been in the care of doctors at an Indiana hospital since March 13. No further information about the patient will be released due to privacy laws. Hospital officials notified the Franklin County Health Department on Wednesday, March 25, of the person’s death. The total number of Indiana residents known to have the novel coronavirus following corrections is 645 as of Thursday, March 26.

Wayne County Health Department answers questions about COVID-19 response

Wayne County Health Department has been fielding questions and concerns from both the public and businesses as to what the executive order from Wayne County Commissioners, directives from Wayne County Health Officer Dr. David Jetmore, and the Stay Home Order from Gov. Eric Holcomb mean to their lives. CAN I GO TO THE GROCERY STORE OR GAS STATION? Yes, you can still go to the grocery store and gas stations. The ability to obtain food is an essential service to all
of our communities. You are advised to adhere to the social distance requirements as you navigate through the
stores as much as possible.

Wayne County confirms first case of COVID-19 in a resident

Wayne County Department of Health announced the first presumptive positive case of novel coronavirus (COVID-19) in a resident of Wayne County on Wednesday, March 25. Although Wayne County was counted as having its first case on March 19, the Indiana
State Department of Health yesterday reclassified that patient to Fayette County. The Wayne County patient is hospitalized. No additional information about the patient will be released due to privacy laws. “We know Wayne County at this point has more than one case of COVID-19 among the residents,” said Dr. David Jetmore, the Wayne County Health Officer.