State team returns to fairgrounds Jan. 26-29 with COVID tests, vaccines

Indiana Department of Health’s Strike Team has arrived at Wayne County Fairgrounds to offer free COVID tests and vaccines. It is the team’s second visit to the fairgrounds so far in 2022. • Location: Wayne County Fairgrounds, Tom Raper Center, 861 Salisbury Road, Richmond
• Dates: Wednesday, Jan. 26, through Saturday, Jan. 29
• Time: Noon-8 p.m.
• COVID-19 Testing-Rapid and PCR testing available
• COVID-19 Vaccines-Pfizer adult and pediatric; & Moderna
• Moderna Vaccine: 18 and older
• Pfizer Adult Vaccine: Age 12 and older
• Pfizer Pediatric Vaccine: Ages 5-11
• All minors must be accompanied by a parent or guardian
• Booster vaccines will be available
Vaccine appointments can be made at ourshot.in.gov
Testing appointments can be made at coronavirus.in.gov
While walk-ins are welcome, appointments are preferred when possible.

Looking for a testing or a vaccination site? Here are a few

Testing

Wayne County Health Department: Free walk-in PCR tests for all (and rapid tests for those younger than 18 or 50-plus with symptoms) from 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Mondays and 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays, 601 E. Main St., Richmond; 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Wednesdays at Nettle Creek Hardware, 485 E. Main St., Hagerstown; 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Thursdays at Northeastern schools, 7299 U.S. 27 N., Fountain City; and 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Fridays at Golay Community Center, 1007 E. Main St., Cambridge City. 

Henry Community Health: Drive-thru tests at 1007 N. 16th St., New Castle. Appointments required; 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays; 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays; and 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturdays

Reid Health: Drive-thru tests at 1200 Chester Blvd., Richmond, daily from 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. and 2025 Virginia Ave., Connersville, from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. weekdays. Appointment: (765) 965-4200

Fayette County Health Department: Tests in parking lot at 401 Central Ave., Connersville. Scheduling: coronavirus.in.gov or (765) 825-4013

To make an appointment or find additional testing sites, visit Scheduling.coronavirus.in.gov or call 211.  Vaccinations

Vaccines can be found at many local pharmacies, health departments and medical offices.

Local hospital declares lack of space for patients an emergency

With COVID-19 cases once again on the rise, Reid Health has run out of space for patients and declared the situation an emergency on Sunday. Reid had paused all elective inpatient surgeries early last week and Henry Community Health in New Castle said it was deciding on a daily basis whether it will be able to do them. Officials at both are asking people who have not been vaccinated against the virus to do so. Hospitalizations due to COVID-19 have jumped to their highest level in 11 months, according to figures released last Wednesday by the Indiana State Department of Health. Reid Health took the rare step of issuing a public statement Sunday, Dec.

1-shot vaccine clinic open afternoon, evening of Wednesday, March 31

Wayne Country Heath Department  has announced another Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 Vaccination Clinic this week, this time with 200 shots. The next clinic will be from 3-7 p.m. Wednesday, March 31 at the former Elder-Beerman store, 601 E. Main St., Richmond. This clinic will be open only to those with appointments. Walk-ins will not be accepted. About 640 vaccines were distributed Saturday at the health department’s special event offering the Johnson & Johnson shots.