Commissioners gathering Friday to discuss masking in county buildings

Wayne County Commissioners have put off until Friday making a decision about making masking mandatory in county buildings. They will meet at 2:30 p.m. Friday in commissioners’ chambers in the Wayne County Administration Building. The commissioners initially postponed taking a vote during their regular meeting on Wednesday, choosing to wait until hearing the opinion of the Wayne County Health Board, which met at noon on Thursday. When the commissioners met at 3 p.m. Thursday, Commissioner Mary Anne Butters reported that the health board “strongly” recommended that that public and private organizations, as well as schools, support masking while inside. On Wednesday, Indiana officials announced Wayne County had moved to the orange advisory level, or second-worst, after being in the blue, or best, level just a couple of weeks ago.

With 200-plus students in quarantine, Centerville-Abington schools adds mask mandate

Wayne County’s COVID cases are rising sharply, and as of Tuesday, Aug. 17, Centerville-Abington Community Schools is joining Richmond Community Schools in adding a mask requirement because more than 200 CACS students have had to be quarantined since its schools opened Aug. 9. In a letter sent home Monday to families, Centerville’s Superintendent Mike McCoy announced the district has had 20 positive cases, causing more than 200 students to be quarantined. Because CACS met the 10 percent threshold watched by the health department for students sent home because of COVID, he said the district was given two recommendations from the health department: masking of all students and staff, and/or closing the school for two weeks and returning with full mask requirements.

Wayne County marks 30 new COVID cases in 1 day, 1 death as yellow level announced

Wayne County’s COVID cases are rising sharply, and the first local death since May that is associated with the virus has been recorded. Wayne County had 30 new cases of COVID-19 that were announced Wednesday, Aug. 11, as well as the death of a woman in her 80s that is tied to COVID-19. Wayne County Health Department said no further information will be released regarding the death or the individual.  

Map turns yellow, orange for most local counties

The state’s color-coded map had been a sea of blue in recent weeks.

Delta variant has arrived in Wayne County, health department says

Wayne County Health Department was notified Monday of the county’s first COVID-19 sample testing positive for the Delta variant (B 1.617.2). Only a fraction of all sample are sent for DNA speciation. “We have been operating for several weeks as if we have
had the Delta variant in Wayne County already,” explained Christine Stinson, executive director of the Wayne County Health Department. The county’s positivity rate was 3.6% Monday. “Once the Delta strain became the dominate strain in Indiana, knowing Wayne County was not in a protective bubble, we knew we had it here, it was only a matter of proving it was here,” said Dr. David Jetmore, Wayne County
Health Officer.

State offering free COVID vaccines at Ivy Tech from July 7-10

Indiana Department of Health is offering a free COVID-19 mobile vaccine clinic from July 7-10  in Richmond that is open to the public. Vaccines are available for individuals 12 and older, and no appointment is necessary. This clinic will be at Richmond’s Ivy Tech building, 2357 Chester Blvd. on Wednesday, July 7, through Saturday, July 10. Vaccinations will occur from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on those dates.

Funnel cakes and vaccines: COVID shots available at Wayne County Fair

Where can area residents get a COVID vaccine? Here are a few of the options in the coming days. Wayne County 4-H Fairgrounds
Wayne County Health Department is offering free COVID-19 vaccines from 3-9 p.m. daily from Monday, June 21, through Friday, June 25, at its mobile unit at the fair. WCHD’s mobile unit will be making appearances in Cambridge City and Fountain City in the near future. Henry Community Health
Henry Community Health in New Castle will move its COVID-19 vaccine administration to another location starting Tuesday, July 6.

COVID vaccines available Saturday to public at Ivy Tech

Indiana Department of Health has set up a vaccination clinic at Ivy Tech Richmond. It will be open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday, June 16, through Saturday, June 19, at 2357 Chester Blvd. Walk-ins are welcome. If you’d like to save time and make an appointment, it’s easy to get one. Appointments can be scheduled online anytime at ourshot.in.gov on your computer or smartphone (use Chrome or Firefox as your browser).

Reid taking vaccines to giant flea market

Reid Health is partnering with Franklin County Health Department and White’s Farm Flea Market and Auctioneers to offer a special COVID-19 vaccination clinic for area residents. As many as 300 vaccines will be available at the popular flea market at White’s Farm, 6028 Holland Road in Brookville, Ind., during the market’s hours of 7-11 a.m. on Wednesday, May 12. Second doses then will be given during the Wednesday, June 2 market. “I think it’s vital for local businesses to play a role in the vaccination effort,” said Jonathan White, vice president of White’s Farm and staff pharmacist at George’s Pharmacy in Brookville, in a news release.  “I think we all have very short memories regarding what life was like this time last year.

Free transportation to vaccine clinics, visits to homebound offered

Free rides to, from Western Wayne County

Jackson Township Trustee’s Office is organizing free transportation for Western Wayne County residents to get their vaccine at Reid Health’s clinic at Wayne County Fairgrounds. Those from Jackson and surrounding townships can call (765) 478-4620 anytime to leave a message with contact information and request round-trip transportation. Trustee Lyndon Wicker is working with Wayne County Commissioners and Reid Health to make transportation available. Rides in Richmond

The City of Richmond is providing no-charge bus service to Wayne County Health Department’s vaccination clinic at its downtown office and Reid’s clinic at Kuhlman Center. To schedule a ride, patients will need to call (765) 983-7227 or (765) 983-7301.

Health department offering vaccines in Hagerstown on April 19

Wayne County Health Department will bring its mobile unit to Hagerstown to offer the COVID-19 vaccine. Walk-ins will be accepted between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. Monday, April 19,  at The New Testament Church of Christ, 752 W. Main St., Hagerstown. Appointments are not being accepted for this clinic. The Moderna two-shot vaccination will be offered. Those with questions are asked to call (765) 973-9245.