Drive-thru testing site open this week in Wayne County

Local vaccine shipment delayed, with fewer doses

Here are some local COVID updates:
• Indiana Department of Health and Wayne County Health Department are partnering to hold a free drive-thru testing clinic for COVID-19. The clinic opened Tuesday, Jan. 5, and will be open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily through Saturday, Jan. 9, outside Kuhlman Center on the Wayne County Fairgrounds, 861 Salisbury Road N., Richmond. Testing will be available to all members of the public regardless of symptoms. Children as young as 2 can be tested with parental consent.

Richmond mayor tests positive for COVID-19

Richmond Mayor Dave Snow announced Tuesday night that despite his best efforts to stay healthy, he  has received a positive COVID-19 diagnosis. Snow said on his Facebook that he began experiencing mild symptoms late Monday night and went in for testing early Tuesday morning. Snow had attended a Richmond Common Council meeting on Monday evening. Although he is quarantined at home,  Snow said he plans to continue to serve the community and work virtually. “This pandemic has touched so many people and I am grateful that my symptoms are manageable,” Snow wrote.

County’s vaccine shipment delayed, has fewer doses than expected

If you tuned out pandemic news over the holidays, here are some local COVID updates and ideas for safe New Year’s alternative activities:

*Wayne County Health Department is looking for non-medical and medical volunteers to help operate its COVID vaccination clinic, which could open as soon as Jan. 11, when a shipment of Moderna vaccines is expected to arrive. Health officials initially announced vaccines would be arriving Jan. 4, but that shipment date was delayed a week. Those interested in volunteering at the clinic are asked to contact Dan Burk, the health department’s emergency preparedness coordinator, at dburk@co.wayne.in.us.

Wayne County surpasses 1,500 COVID positive tests; 36 deaths recorded

Wayne County’s positive COVID cases have now surpassed 1,700, as of Sunday, Nov. 1, and the county counts 36 deaths related to the virus. The county’s number of lab-confirmed positives have been increasing by the dozens in daily data released from Indiana State Department of Health. Three of the recent local deaths related to COVID-19 all have been in the community, with none from long-term care facilities, according to Christine Stinson, executive director of Wayne County Health Department. Local health officials said they had just been notified Wednesday about the death of a 65-year-old female who died Oct.

Northeastern middle, high school students attending virtually for 2 weeks

Because of multiple COVID-19 positive students, specifically from the same classrooms, Northeastern Middle School and High School will operate virtually from Oct. 29 through Nov. 11, returning on Nov. 12. Northeastern families who are directly impacted by the ill students have been contacted by Wayne County Health Department.

Mask guidelines to continue another month; state health leader tests positive

Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb’s weekly news conference looked different today than it has since the beginning of the pandemic. The numbers are rising, and the governor strongly warned Hoosiers not to let their guard down. Even practicing what she preaches, Indiana’s State Health Commissioner, Dr. Kristina Box, and her family have not avoided the coronavirus. After two daycare workers at her 23-month-old grandson’s small daycare center tested positive, she, her daughter, and grandson have all tested positive, as well. The ripple effect resulted in the governor’s staff and everyone Dr. Box was exposed to getting tested today to determine how far the virus spread inside the Indiana statehouse.

Wayne County ‘very concerned’ about case surge topping 1,000

Wayne County has had its 17th and 18th deaths related to COVID-19 within a few days of each other, and officials are very concerned about an increase in the county’s cases, just surpassing 1,000. “Our cases are surging and we are very concerned,” said Wayne County Health Department Executive Director Christine Stinson. “We have seen a dramatic increase in cases in people over 70. It is vital we all do our part for our community, wear a mask when in public, do not attend large events.” The county’s 17th death was a female in her 80s living in a long-term care facility, according to Stinson.