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HC relocates COVID test site

HC relocates COVID test site
HC relocates COVID test site
Staff Sgt. Robert Reynolds, a medic with the Indiana Army National Guard, administers the COVID-19 vaccination to Mark Foley of Palmyra Saturday morning at Unity Chapel United Methodist Church south of Ramsey. The Harrison County Health Dept. partnered with the Indiana Dept. of Health to conduct a mobile vaccine clinic there. The clinic moved to the South Central school campus near Elizabeth that afternoon. Photo by Amanda Arnold

The Harrison County Health Dept. relocated its COVID-19 testing site from its facility to the May & Joe Rhoads Memorial Pool, located at 2150 Poolside Drive in Corydon.

Testing at the pool location, which began Monday, will continue to operate there until further notice. Hours for the test site are Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and Tuesdays from 1 to 6 p.m. The site will be closed on all government holidays.

Online registration for patients is the preferred method for making an appointment and can be done at https://scheduling.coronavirus.in.gov/Home/LocationSelection. If registration assistance is needed, individuals may call the Harrison County Health Dept. at 812-738-3237.

For the safety of staff and volunteers, patrons are required to wear a face mask to this site. In cases of inclement weather, the testing site will be converted to a walk-thru site.

Funding for this testing site is provided by the Indiana State Dept. of Health and local funding sources.

In the past week, Harrison County has seen an increase of 170 positive COVID cases, bringing the number to 4,858 since March 2020. There have been 21,614 county residents tested for the coronavirus during that time, with an additional 386 tests completed in the past week.

Statewide, there have been 11,669,757 COVID tests performed among 3,765,487 individuals; of those tests, 216,463 were done in the past week.

The state health department recorded an additional 17,626 positive cases since last week, bringing the total to 806,094.

Due to the increase in positive cases, several of the state’s 92 counties saw a change in their color status, with just one county, Randolph, remaining in the lowest status, blue, 39 at the next highest level, yellow, 44, including Harrison, up a notch in orange and eight now in red, the highest. The state updates the color status each Wednesday.

Since the pandemic started last year, 13,743 Hoosiers have died from the virus, 82 within the past week. Another 430 people are believed to have died from the virus but no tests were done to confirm whether they were positive for COVID. In Harrison County, the number of deaths remains at 81.

The number of Hoosiers who are considered to be fully vaccinated  against the virus surpassed the three million mark during the past week; with an additional 33,063 counted as fully vaccinated, the total is 3,019,608. Harrison County topped 16,000 who are fully vaccinated with 154 added to the total of 16,081 since last week.

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