County has 2 more COVID-related deaths, records 99 more cases in a week

Wayne County broke a local record for the number of COVID-19 cases last week, and health officials learned Tuesday morning about two local deaths over the Labor Day weekend that were related to the virus. The first death was a female in her 80s who died Sunday, Sept. 6, at Reid Health. The second death was on Monday, Sept. 7, for a woman in her 90s who had been a resident at a long-term care facility.

Lincoln cancels football game after employee tests positive for COVID-19

Western Wayne Schools has canceled Friday night’s Lincoln High School varsity football game against Union County after a staff member has tested positive for COVID-19. Superintendent George Philhower shared a statement he sent to the district’s parents with Western Wayne News. He said WWS administration received information Friday that a staff member who was recently present at Lincoln Middle/High School tested positive for COVID-19. RECENT STORY:Likelihood of false negative on COVID test can as high as 40 percent, county health officer says

Upon hearing about the ill employee, school officials promptly contacted the Wayne County Health Department to seek guidance, Philhower said. WWS administrators have developed plans for the safe reopening of schools, which include guidelines for what to do if the district has a positive case.

Centerville schools will be closed Monday after health concern raised

Centerville-Abington Community School Corporation is closing all of its buildings Monday after some health concerns have been raised in relation to the COVID-19 pandemic. On Friday afternoon, Superintendent Mike McCoy said that the school district learned Friday about two negative COVID-19 cases for students in Rose Hamilton Elementary School. Although McCoy said the tests were negative, the symptoms were specific enough to COVID-19 that the Wayne County Health Department directed school officials that they needed to treat the cases as positive cases. Because of the length of time that has passed between the possible exposure and the corporation receiving the advice to quarantine, contact tracing is going to be extremely difficult, McCoy said. McCoy said the school district was directed to contact anyone who might have come into contact with the students at recess, in the classroom, at lunch, and anywhere else they would have been during the school day.

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.

Wayne County’s 9th COVID-19 death announced

Wayne County has confirmed its ninth death related to COVID-19 on Thursday (July 30). Wayne County Health Department was notified Thursday morning of another COVID-19 related death of a Wayne County resident. A man in his 80s died Wednesday, July 29, at Reid Health after an extended hospitalization. Before being transported to the hospital, the gentleman was a resident of a Wayne County long-term care facility, according to Christine Stinson, the health department’s executive director. Stinson announced the county’s eighth death related to COVID-19 on July 29.

Governor: Indiana will remain at Stage 4.5 for at least 2 more weeks

Written by: Brenda McLane
Governor Eric Holcomb will be signing an executive order to keep Indiana at Stage 4.5 for at least the next two weeks, citing the volatility of the virus in Indiana, across the country and around the world. For the second week in a row Indiana’s positivity rate has increased. This week brought 4,300 new cases and just a month ago, Indiana recorded 3,000 cases. The broader spread of the virus is limiting the ability of Indiana and all states to get enough Personal Protective Equipment (PPE). The governor made it a point to say that schools, churches, and the like “will look different through the foreseeable future.”
While Indiana is leaving the mask mandate in local county control, Holcomb is not ruling out a future statewide mask mandate.