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MHP Incident Command Covid update - Janaury 28; info on omicron subvariant

General update:  A new omicron subvariant has surfaced.  It is known as omicron subvariant BA.2.  It is not yet identified as a “variant of interest”, but it has shown up in multiple countries.  Not much is known yet in regard to its transmissibility or severity.  We will continue to monitor this as information becomes available. 


Shelby County’s current positivity rate matches the state’s positivity rate at 30.7%, 


FREE Covid testing and FREE vaccination clinic:  A free mobile testing and vaccination clinic will be open February 2 through February 5 from 12 pm to 8 pm at 1600 E. SR 44, Suite C (former Purdue Extension Building next to Shelby County Health Department). 

Register online at  or call 211 (866) 211-9966.  Appointments are encouraged, but walk-ins are accepted.   


Inpatient unit: Thirty-four of our 40 beds are full on our 3rd-floor inpatient unit. 


  • We currently have 10 critical care patients on the 3rd floor, and 7 (70%) of those patients are due to Covid. Of the seven Covid-related critical care patients, three are vaccinated.   
  • We have one patient on a ventilator and said patient is Covid positive and unvaccinated.  We have nine additional patients who are on Vapotherm or BiPap, and five of those patients are Covid positive and three of those patients are vaccinated. 
  • Nineteen (56%) of our inpatients are Covid positive, and fourteen (74%) of them are unvaccinated.


Urgent Care and walk-in volumes:  MHP Pediatrics has steadied in terms of walk-in patient volumes.  Priority Care and MHP Family and Internal Medicine walk-in volumes are both trending downward.        


Emergency Department:  The Emergency Department saw 72 patients yesterday, which is a slight increase compared to earlier in the week, but represents a decrease compared to the last several weeks.