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Indoor COVID-19 testing site extended

Indoor COVID-19 testing site extended Indoor COVID-19 testing site extended

Residents who wish to be tested for COVID-19 and are 1 year of age and older can do so at the indoor testing site along Clover Valley Road south of Ramsey.

The site, donated by Samtec in partnership with the Harrison County Health Dept., and scheduled to close at the end of the month, has been approved to remain open through the end of October.

Insurance information will be collected, if available; however, testing is free of charge.

Appointments are encouraged for testing, but walk-ins will be accepted. Online registration for patients is the preferred method for making an appointment and can be done at Phone-based registration for persons without internet access, or to register minors for testing, can be made at 888-634-1116.

The Harrison County Health Dept. reports there are 545 cases of COVID-19 as of Sept. 14; that’s up from 513 the week before. There have been 6,631 tests conducted, an increase of 312 since last week.

There have been no additional county residents die from the coronavirus, according to the health department, so the number remains at 25 with an additional two being clinical deaths, meaning the person likely had the virus when they died but no test was documented.

Statewide, an additional 79 Hoosiers have died from COVID-19 since last week, bringing the total to 3,235, with one more clinical death, putting that number at 225.

The state health department reports there have been 107,229 positive cases, up 6,449 since the previous week. An additional 196,033 Hoosiers have been tested in the past week for the virus, bringing the total of tests performed to 1,756,019.

Local health officials remind residents the state is still in 4.5 of Gov. Eric Holcomb’s five-stage plan for re-opening the state.

Face coverings are required while in public places and residents are urged to practice social-distancing guidelines and to avoid large gatherings when possible. Persons who are 65 and older and those with known high-risk medical conditions should limit their exposure at work and in their communities.

Preliminary results of the I.U. Fairbanks School of Public Health study show that approximately 40% of Hoosiers who tested positive for the virus were asymptomatic, meaning they showed no symptoms of having COVID-19.