Latest News Archives for 2020-03

MHP COVID-19 Daily Update - March 31

MHP has launched a virtual clinic staffed with dedicated MHP providers.  Get the care, treatment or medical advice you need using just your computer or phone.  This service allows patients to seek medical advice from anywhere in the US, potentially eliminating the need to visit physician offices, urgent cares, or emergency departments.  The MHP Virtual Clinic is staffed Monday - Friday from 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Please visit https://www.mymhp.org/services/virtual-visits/ to sign up now.    

  • TELEHEALTH/VIDEO VISIT UPDATES
    • 241 Telehealth visits have been conducted by MHP providers since 3/19
    • 163 Family & Internal Medicine Telehealth visits have occurred since 3/19
    • 12 MHP Psychology visits have occurred since 3/26
    • 7 additional providers were trained on 3/30 and will begin conducting visits today

Dedicated MHP Provider Virtual Clinic. MHP has launched a virtual clinic staffed with dedicated MHP providers.   This service allows patients to seek medical advice from the comfort of their homes, potentially eliminating the need to visit physician offices, urgent care, or the emergency department.  The MHP Virtual Clinic will be staffed Monday - Friday from 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. 

How can patients access the MHP Virtual Clinic?

1. Download the free myVirtualHealthVisit app (Google Play or iTunes) or enroll on your computer with the following link:https://myvirtualhealthvisit.org/landing.htm 

2. Enroll by creating a free login and entering your demographic information as well as theSERVICE KEY: mhpvisit

3. If given the option,select MHP Telehealth and then select the MHP provider you would like to see.

Be sure to allow access to your camera and microphone if you are using the app. If you are connecting via desktop, be sure to test your computer settings.

For more information, visit our website: https://www.mymhp.org/virtual
If you have questions or need help enrolling, please call us at (317) 421-1956.

 

  • GENERAL UPDATES FOR THE PUBLIC:
    • Shelby Go upcoming holiday closures:  April 10th – Good Friday, May 22nd – Floating Holiday, May 25th – Memorial Day. ZTrip (formerly Yellow Cab) can be used as an alternative. 
    • Nursing Homes:  We have started rounding daily in the local nursing homes.  We are exploring using more telehealth options for our nursing homes in order to keep patients from having to be transported to the hospital. 
    • Lilly Drive-Thru Testing Center for healthcare workers and first responders:  For information, please visit: https://www.info.lillycovid19testing.com/hcp
    • MedWorks Pharmacy:  MedWorks will soon be sending discharge medications with inpatients upon discharge for convenience and to keep those at-risk patients in their homes instead of having to visit a pharmacy.     

 

 

  • SUPPLY UPDATES:
    • We need your empty hand sanitizer bottles.  We are making our own hand sanitizer and need your empty containers in order to reuse.    
    • Do you have items that you would like to donate?  (hand sanitizer, masks, respirators, gloves, N95, bouffant caps, D-batteries, or gowns).  If so, please contact Angela Gill (agill@majorhospital.org)
    • Food Donations:  Several community supporters have called to offer to donate food for our staff and physicians.  Some are also doing it as a way to support those restaurants who are struggling to stay afloat while they are only open for carryout.  We are extremely grateful for all the community support and selfless gestures.  If you would like to find out more information, please contact Angela Gill (agill@majorhospital.org).   
    • Pharmacy:  Our current medication supply is stable, however, our ability to replenish our supply is unknown at this time.  Propofol is projected to be in shortage starting 4/19.  We are researching our options and plans for an alternative solution or supplier.       
    • Beds:  We are receiving a donation of 7 inpatient beds from the Blue River Career Center. 
    • Personal Protective Equipment (PPE):  our current supply is stable as compared to our daily burn rate. 
    • We have 10 emergency ventilators that run on D-batteries only.  The batteries are required to be changed every 48 hours.  Our engineering staff are currently exploring how to covert these devices from battery operated to electric. 

 

  • PATIENTS TREATED AT OUR RESPIRATORY CLINIC LOCATIONS:
    • Priority Care located at 30 W. Rampart Road: Treated 30 patients yesterday and 20 patients so far today. Priority Care is open 7AM-7PM Monday through Friday and 8AM-2PM on Saturdays and Sundays.  
    • Washington St. Clinic located at 157 W. Washington St:  The Washington St. Clinic treated 26 patients yesterday and has seen 22 patients today so far.  Washington St. Clinic is open 8AM to 4:30PM Monday through Friday.

 

 

  • CALL CENTER VOLUMES:
    • 392-DOCS line had 40 phone calls yesterday.
    • Call Center volumes: 550 calls answered since Friday (does not include 392-DOCS line).  Average queue hold one minute and 14 seconds with 94% answered.

 

  • WANT TO CHECK IN WITH A LOVED ONE WHO IS AT MAJOR HOSPITAL?
    • Managing visitation:  Indiana hospitals are strictly enforcing visitation rules.  We are following the same policies.  However, Major Hospital understands you still need to see and hear your loved one. That’s why we have initiated using FaceTime or Skype connectivity for patients and their family members.  We have dedicated iPads that our patients can use to communicate with the outside world using our dedicated Wi-Fi access.  The inpatient nursing staff is also offering family members a phone number to call in for daily updates and offering to make daily calls to the patient’s family if preferred. 
    • Visitors are prohibited with the following exceptions:
      • One designated at end of life with appropriate screening
      • One designated for laboring patient with appropriate screening
      • One designated for pediatric patient with appropriate screening
      • One designated for surgery patient with appropriate screening
    • If a visitor is permitted, the visitor must remain in the patient’s room and cannot come and go from the patient’s room.  We are doing this to protect our other high-risk patients and our staff.  The visitor must alsonot have a positive or pending COVID-19 test. 

 

  • MHP TESTING STATUS:Please understand we are only able to report numbers and results of MHP patients who had their testing ordered or performed through MHP.  The Shelby County Health Department receives the positive results for ALL Shelby County residents, regardless of the location where the testing was performed.  If the COVID-19 test was not ordered or performed by MHP, we are not notified of the test or the result.  Consequently, our reported testing data will differ from that information available through the Indiana State Department of Health, the CDC and the Shelby County Health Department. 

 

 

 

  • TESTING STATUS:  
    • Number of available swabs/media: 74.  We anticipate an additional 300 early this week.  We will continue to follow the ISDH/CDC testing protocols to determine which patients are eligible for testing. 

 

 

  • MHP INPATIENT STATUS:
    • Current number of inpatients: 19 (4 of our inpatients tested positive for COVID-19)
    • Current number of patients in isolation: 16 (4 patients are on a vent and 1 is on BiPap and 1 is on a trilogy device)
    • Number of available inpatient beds: 21

 

 

  • MHP EMERGENCY DEPT STATUS:
    • Number of ER patients in last 24 hours: 40
    • Number of ER patients with respiratory signs/symptoms: 17 (representing 42.5%)
    • 4 patients are in the ACC with 18

 

  • RESOURCES
    • Indiana State Dept of Health Call Center for Healthcare workers and the general public (staffed 8AM-8PM) (317) 233-7125.  Please call (317) 233-1325 after hours. 
    • For the Shelby County Health Department, please call (317) 392-6470.

Gov. Holcomb extends restaurant, bar restrictions

Governor Eric J. Holcomb today signed two executive orders to aid in the fight against COVID-19. To see copies of the executive orders, click here: https://www.in.gov/gov/2384.htm

 

Executive order 20-14 extends the requirements for bars, nightclubs and restaurants to stay closed to dine-in patrons until April 6 at 11:59 p.m. They may continue to provide take-out and delivery services.

 

The Governor expects bars, nightclubs and restaurants to comply with the directive for the safety of Hoosiers in their communities without the need to call for enforcement measures. However, the state and local boards of health and the Indiana Alcohol and Tobacco Commission (ATC) have been directed by the Governor to take all available administrative and enforcement actions against establishments that continue to offer in-house dining services, in violation of the governor’s order.

 

Executive order 20-15 eases government operations including permitting electronic notary services to remotely review and approve documents.

 

Additional steps taken by the state today include:

 

  • The Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) will hold a virtual job fair for more than 1,000 construction and related positions at 10 a.m. ET on Thursday, April 16.
  • The Indiana Commission for Higher Education will offer free virtual FAFSA filing help for students and families from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, April 4.
    • Help will be available through the Commission’s Learn More Indiana social media platforms: Facebook (facebook.com/LearnMoreIN), Instagram (@LearnMoreIndiana) and Twitter (@LearnMoreIN)

Click here to download public service announcements (PSAs) recorded by the state for your use: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/egf210ognxxyx4h/AADYd7E-tBn7P6gtiLSZUiVBa?dl=0

 

More information may be found at the ISDH website at coronavirus.in.gov and the CDC website at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html.

Health department announces 14 new COVID-19 deaths, updates statewide case count

The Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH) today announced that 374 additional Hoosiers have been diagnosed with COVID-19 through testing at ISDH, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and private laboratories. That brings to 2,159 the total number of Indiana residents known to have the novel coronavirus following corrections to the previous day’s total. Forty-nine Hoosiers have died.

                                                           

To date, 13,373 tests have been reported to ISDH, up from 11,658 on Monday.

 

Marion County had the most new cases, at 170, while Lake County had 50, Johnson County had 20, Hamilton County had 16, St. Joseph County had 13 and Hendricks County had 11. The complete list of counties with cases is included in the ISDH COVID-19 dashboard at coronavirus.in.gov, which will be updated daily at 10 a.m. Cases are listed by county of residence. Private lab reporting may be delayed and will be reflected in the map and count when results are received at ISDH.

 

The dashboard also has been updated to include demographics on individuals who have died and make other corrections based on updated information provided to ISDH.

 

Additional updates on the state’s response to the COVID-19 outbreak may be provided later today. 

Gov. Holcomb details COVID-19 surge plan; Governor also signs executive order

Governor Eric J. Holcomb today signed an executive order and detailed Indiana’s plan for the anticipated spike in COVID-19 cases.

 

To see a copy of the executive order, click here: https://www.in.gov/gov/2384.htm

 

“We see a surge coming and we’re calling in the reinforcements, bolstering Indiana’s capacity to provide additional health care services during this emergency,” said Gov. Eric J. Holcomb. “By eliminating licensing barriers and tapping in to the available talent pool of healthcare workers, Hoosiers are staffing up and stepping up to meet this challenge head-on.”

 

The executive order allows the following professionals who do not currently hold an active license to practice:

  • medical professionals who retired or became inactive in the last five years
  • medical professionals who hold licenses in other states
  • medical professionals who held licenses in other states and retired or became inactive in the last five years
  • certain medical students and graduates

 

These professionals must register with the Indiana Professional Licensing Agency via their website at www.in.gov/pla. These professionals will be able to assist in screenings, telemedicine and other basic procedures to allow regularly licensed medical professionals to be on the frontline.

 

In Indiana, the baseline number of critical care hospital beds is 1,432. As of Monday, hospitals have already taken steps to increase the number of critical care hospital beds to 1,940. Overall, the state’s plan is to double the number, if needed, by taking existing noncritical care hospital beds, recovery rooms, operating rooms and outpatient facilities, turning them into critical care hospital beds.

 

In Indiana, the baseline number of ventilators is 1,177 ventilators. As of Monday, hospitals have identified another 750 ventilators that can be used for critical care patients. Overall, the state’s plan is to double the number, if needed, by repurposing ventilators from operating rooms, ambulatory care centers, EMS and the Indiana National Guard.

 

Additionally, the surge plan calls for moving less critical patients to alternate facilities including neighborhood hospitals, medical clinics and state-owned hospitals, such as unopened floors at the NeuroDiagnostic Institute hospital in Indianapolis and the Richmond State Hospital.

 

If needed, after all of these steps are exhausted, Indiana will be prepared to put patients in alternative facilities. The Indiana National Guard and Department of Homeland Security, in conjunction with FEMA, are in charge of these plans.

 

The state of Indiana has been working on plans related to COVID-19 since January, and each hospital has a disaster plan in place. Planning has become more specific for state health and hospital officials as models of the projected impact of coronavirus became available. Based on those models, Indiana’s patient surge is expected to begin soon and the peak is expected to be mid-April to mid-May.

MHP COVID-19 Daily Update - March 30

NEW SERVICE:  MHP has launched a virtual clinic staffed with dedicated MHP providers.  Get the care, treatment or medical advice you need from the comfort of your home using your computer or phone.  This service allows patients to seek medical advice from anywhere in the U.S., potentially eliminating the need to visit physician offices, urgent cares, or emergency departments.  The MHP Virtual Clinic is staffed Monday - Friday from 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.  Please visit https://www.mymhp.org/services/virtual-visits/ to sign up now.    

 

  • GENERAL UPDATES FOR THE PUBLIC:
    • The CDC has issued a Health Advisory for Severe Illness Associated with Using Non-Pharmaceutical Chloroquine Phosphate to Prevent and Treat Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19). 
    • Shelby Go upcoming holiday closures:  April 10th – Good Friday, May 22nd – Floating Holiday, May 25th – Memorial Day. ZTrip (formerly Yellow Cab) can be used as an alternative. 
    • Nursing Homes:  We have started rounding daily in the local nursing homes.  We are exploring using more telehealth options for our nursing homes in order to keep patients from having to be transported to the hospital. 
    • Lilly Drive-Thru Testing Center for healthcare workers and first responders:  For information, please visit: https://www.info.lillycovid19testing.com/hcp
    • Community Support for First Responders and MHP Staff:  We have been informed through social media that members of the community are planning to show their support and encouragement by driving through the MHP parking lot and flashing their lights on Saturday.  We appreciate it! 
    • MedWorks Pharmacy:  MedWorks will soon be sending discharge medications with inpatients upon discharge for convenience and to keep those at-risk patients in their homes instead of having to visit a pharmacy.     

 

 

  • SUPPLY UPDATES:
    • We need your empty hand sanitizer bottles.  We are making our own hand sanitizer and need your empty containers in order to reuse.    
    • Do you have items that you would like to donate?  (hand sanitizer, masks, respirators, gloves, N95, D-batteries, gowns or food for our staff).  If so, please contact Angela Gill (agill@majorhospital.org)
    • We are pleased to announce that District 5 is shipping 600 small N95 masks to us this week.  We have secured a supply of D-batteries.  Bouffant caps are in short supply.  We are seeking alternatives such as reusable caps.   
    • Temporary beds:  We have secured 20 army-type beds/cots.  They are spartan and rugged, but will work in the event we have an inpatient surge.  They will hold up to 400 pounds. 
    • Respirators:  We received additional respirators and filters.  These are non-disposable. 

 

  • PATIENTS TREATED AT OUR RESPIRATORY CLINIC LOCATIONS:
    • Priority Care located at 30 W. Rampart Road: Treated 12 patients yesterday and 25 patients so far today.  Priority Care is open 7AM-7PM Monday through Friday and 8AM-2PM on Saturdays and Sundays.  
    • Washington St. Clinic located at 157 W. Washington St:  The Washington St. Clinic was closed yesterday and has seen 22 patients today so far.  The Washington St. Clinic is open 8AM to 4:30PM Monday through Friday.

 

 

  • CALL CENTER VOLUMES:
    • 392-DOCS line had 89 phone calls over the weekend.
    • Call Center volumes: 444 calls answered since Friday (does not include 392-DOCS line).  Average queue hold one minute with 93% answered.

 

  • WANT TO CHECK IN WITH A LOVED ONE WHO IS AT MAJOR HOSPITAL?
    • Managing visitation:  Indiana hospitals are strictly enforcing visitation rules.  We are following the same policies.  However, Major Hospital understands you still need to see and hear your loved one.  That’s why we have initiated using FaceTime or Skype connectivity for patients and their family members.  We have dedicated iPads that our patients can use to communicate with the outside world using our dedicated Wi-Fi access.  The inpatient nursing staff is also offering family members a phone number to call in for daily updates and offering to make daily calls to the patient’s family if preferred. 
    • Visitors are prohibited with the following exceptions:
      • One designated at end of life with appropriate screening
      • One designated for laboring patient with appropriate screening
      • One designated for pediatric patient with appropriate screening
      • One designated for surgery patient with appropriate screening
    • If a visitor is permitted, the visitor must remain in the patient’s room and cannot come and go from the patient’s room.  We are doing this to protect our other high-risk patients and our staff.  The visitor must also not have a positive or pending COVID-19 test. 

 

  • MHP TESTING STATUS: Please understand we are only able to report numbers and results of MHP patients who had their testing ordered or performed through MHP.  The Shelby County Health Department receives the positive results for ALL Shelby County residents, regardless of the location where the testing was performed.  If the COVID-19 test was not ordered or performed by MHP, we are not notified of the test or the result.  Consequently, our reported testing data will differ from that information available through the Indiana State Department of Health, the CDC and the Shelby County Health Department. 

 

 

 

  • TESTING STATUS:  
    • Number of available swabs/media: 84.  We anticipate an additional 300 early this week.  We will continue to follow the ISDH/CDC testing protocols to determine which patients are eligible for testing. 

 

 

  • MHP INPATIENT STATUS:
    • Current number of inpatients: 16 (4 of our inpatients tested positive for COVID-19)
    • Current number of patients in isolation: 16 (2 patient are on a vent and 1 is on BiPap)
    • Number of available inpatient beds: 24

 

 

  • MHP EMERGENCY DEPT STATUS:
    • Number of ER patients in last 24 hours: 32
    • Number of ER patients with respiratory signs/symptoms: 8 (representing 25%)
    • 7 patients are in the ACC with 15 available beds and 1 ACC patients has respiratory symptoms

 

  • RESOURCES
    • Indiana State Dept of Health Call Center for Healthcare workers and the general public (staffed 8AM-8PM) (317) 233-7125.  Please call (317) 233-1325 after hours. 
    • For the Shelby County Health Department, please call (317) 392-6470.

Dr. Gustafson talks COVID-19 testing, donations; MHP Virtual Clinic

Testing for COVID-19 has many variables.  From the region of the United States to available tests even to the length of time to get a result.

 

MHP Chief Medical Officer Dr. Paula Gustafson.

 

 

Gustafson says the Medical Center does everything it can to employ social distancing.

 

 

MHP has launched a virtual clinic staffed with dedicated MHP providers to provide care, treatment or medical advice you need from the comfort of your home using your computer or phone.  This service allows patients to seek medical advice from anywhere in the U.S, potentially eliminating the need to visit physician offices, urgent cares, or emergency departments. The MHP Virtual Clinic is staffed Monday - Friday from 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Please visit www.mymhp.org/virtual to sign up now.    

 

Want to check in with a loved one at the MHP Medical Center ?

Indiana hospitals are strictly enforcing visitation rules.  We are following the same policies.  However, MHP understands you still need to see and hear your loved one. That’s why we have initiated using FaceTime or Skype connectivity for patients and their family members.  We have dedicated iPads our patients can use to communicate with the outside world using our dedicated Wi-Fi access.  The inpatient nursing staff is also offering family members a phone number to call in for daily updates and offering to make daily calls to the patient’s family if preferred. 

Visitors are prohibited with the following exceptions:

  • One designated at end of life with appropriate screening
  • One designated for laboring patient with appropriate screening
  • One designated for pediatric patient with appropriate screening
  • One designated for surgery patient with appropriate screening

If a visitor is permitted, the visitor must remain in the patient’s room and cannot come and go from the patient’s room.  We are doing this to protect our other high-risk patients and our staff.  The visitor must also not have a positive or pending COVID-19 test. 

 

Gustafson says they appreciate efforts in the community to donate needed supplies to MHP.

 

 

MHP faces critical shortages of small-sized N95 masks and D-batteries. 

 

Hand sanitizer, masks, respirators, gloves, N95, D-batteries, gowns or food for the staff are all appreciated.  If you wish to donate, please contact Angela Gill (agill@majorhospital.org).

MHP COVID-19 Daily Update - March 28

NEW SERVICE:  MHP has launched a virtual clinic staffed with dedicated MHP providers.  Get the care, treatment or medical advice you need from the comfort of your home using your computer or phone.  This service allows patients to seek medical advice from anywhere in the U.S, potentially eliminating the need to visit physician offices, urgent cares, or emergency departments. The MHP Virtual Clinic is staffed Monday - Friday from 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Please visit www.mymhp.org/virtual to sign up now.    

 

  • SUPPLY UPDATES:
    • Critical shortage items:  small-sized N95 masks and D-batteries. 
    • Do you have items you would like to donate?  (hand sanitizer, masks, respirators, gloves, N95, D-batteries, gowns or food for our staff).  If so, please contact Angela Gill (agill@majorhospital.org)

 

  • PATIENTS TREATED AT OUR RESPIRATORY CLINIC LOCATIONS:
    • Priority Care located at 30 W. Rampart Road: Treated 26 patients on 3/27 with respiratory symptoms. Priority Care is open 7AM-7PM Monday through Friday and 8AM-2PM on Saturdays and Sundays.  
    • Washington St. Clinic located at 157 W. Washington St.: Treated 17 patients on 3/27 with respiratory symptoms.  The Washington St. Clinic is open 8AM to 4:30PM Monday through Fridayand is not open on weekends. 

 

 

  • VIDEO VISITS AND TELEHEALTH:
    • Beginning 3/19 through 3/27, we have conducted 186 telehealth visits.  You can conduct your telehealth visit today at  www.mymhp.org/virtual
    • 127 telehealth visits have been performed through MHP Family & Internal Medicine and we have also rolled out home-visits for certain patients. 
    • MHP Psychology has performed 7 telehealth visits
    • OurWashington St. Clinic performed its first telehealth visit on 3/27
    • MHP Pulmonology, MHP Nephrology and MHP Wound Care will have the ability to begin scheduling telehealth visits for certain patients beginning next week
    • OnsiteSolutions and MHP SportWorks will be the next sites to implement telehealth capabilities

 

 

  • WANT TO CHECK IN WITH A LOVED ONE AT THE MHP MEDICAL CENTER ?
    • Managing visitation:  Indiana hospitals are strictly enforcing visitation rules.  We are following the same policies.  However, MHP understands you still need to see and hear your loved one. That’s why we have initiated using FaceTime or Skype connectivity for patients and their family members.  We have dedicated iPads our patients can use to communicate with the outside world using our dedicated Wi-Fi access.  The inpatient nursing staff is also offering family members a phone number to call in for daily updates and offering to make daily calls to the patient’s family if preferred. 
    • Visitors are prohibited with the following exceptions:
      • One designated at end of life with appropriate screening
      • One designated for laboring patient with appropriate screening
      • One designated for pediatric patient with appropriate screening
      • One designated for surgery patient with appropriate screening
    • If a visitor is permitted, the visitor must remain in the patient’s room and cannot come and go from the patient’s room.  We are doing this to protect our other high-risk patients and our staff.  The visitor must alsonot have a positive or pending COVID-19 test. 

 

  • MHP TESTING STATUS:Please understand we are only able to report numbers and results of MHP patients who had their testing ordered or performed through MHP.  The Shelby County Health Department receives the positive results for ALL Shelby County residents, regardless of the location where the testing was performed.  If the COVID-19 test was not ordered or performed by MHP, we are not notified of the test or the result.  Consequently, our reported testing data will differ from that information available through the Indiana State Department of Health, the CDC and the Shelby County Health Department. 

 

 

 

  • TESTING STATUS:  
    • Number of available swabs/media: 57, and we are expecting delivery of an additional 300 on or about April 7th.  We have placed an order for an additional 500 test kits.  Delivery date is unknown. 
    • We will be using GuideMed, our current vendor for drug screens, to perform COVID testing with an anticipated 3-day turnaround time.  GuideMed has sufficient testing supplies and media to help increase our testing availability.  We will update as more information becomes available.  We expect 300 testing kits to be delivered next week.      

 

 

  • MHP INPATIENT STATUS:
    • Current number of inpatients: 17
    • Current number of patients in isolation: 17 (1 patient is on a vent and 0 are on BiPap)
    • Number of available beds: 23

 

 

  • MHP EMERGENCY DEPT STATUS:
    • Number of ER patients in last 24 hours: 38
    • Number of ER patients with respiratory signs/symptoms: 15 (representing 39.47%)
    • 5 patients in the ACC with 17 available beds

 

  • RESOURCES
    • Indiana State Dept of Health Call Center for Healthcare workers and the general public (staffed 8AM-8PM) (317) 233-7125.  Please call (317) 233-1325 after hours. 
    • For the Shelby County Health Department, please call (317) 392-6470.

Relief bill passed in Washington. What next?

Now that the relief bill passed Friday is law and checks are the way, the government still has the responsibility to keep you safe and keep the economy going. U Indy associate professor of Finance Matt Will says two different areas of government will have to come together.

 

"That is a combination of health and economics experts having to come together. Clearly living in isolation is not a long-term sustainable strategy," he said.

 

Will said society, including government, must figure out how to live our lives, how to run the economy and how to deal with the coronavirus.

 

"Hopefully the health experts and the economic experts can get together and figure out how can we run our economy and still keep people as safe as possible," he said.

 

Will said people must figure out how to do both, despite the risk.

 

"You can't really equate this to something like the flu or driving your car. But, we do live with risk in our lives and we have to figure out, how can we live with this risk?"

 

Pres. Trump has been criticized for talking about "opening America back up", by doctors who believe that the risk is too great.

 

"I don't think he's getting criticism from the person stuck in his house and saying, I can't stay here for the next six months. I think the criticism is probably coming from his political opponents," said Will. "I don't think the solution is saying, okay people, stay in your house 'til the day you die. I don't think that's a realistic alternative."

 

 

Shelby County confirms additional cases

The Shelby County Health Department, in consultation with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH), has confirmed additional cases of novel coronavirus in our county. All individuals are asked to isolate at home if not admitted to a hospital. It is your social responsibility to continue social distancing.

 

The county is working closely with all our partners to identify any people who have come in contact with confirmed patients who might have been exposed ensuring that appropriate precautions are taken in accordance with the latest CDC guidance.

 

At this time, we ask all our residents to stay home unless you need urgent supplies or are receiving care. If you are in a job that is still open, please only go to work if you are not ill.

 

If you are ill, please CALL your medical providers office or 317-392-DOCS for further instructions. Please do not just show up to receive medical care. If it is a true emergency please call 911 and give specific details to the dispatcher for the quickest possible assistance.

 

Local Health Officer, Dr. Chris Loman is working with his co-workers at Major Health Partners and Shelby County Health Department to provide care and guidance.

 

Symptoms of novel coronavirus include fever, cough and shortness of breath. Like influenza, human coronaviruses most commonly spread from an infected person to others through:

  • Respiratory droplets released into the air by coughing and sneezing;
  • Close personal contact, such as touching or shaking hands;
  • Touching an object or surface with the virus on it, then touching your mouth, nose, or eyes before washing your hands; and
  • Rarely, fecal contamination.

 

The best way to protect yourself from any respiratory illness, including the flu, is to:

 

Disinfecting CDC Link   https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prepare/cleaning-       disinfection.html

 

 

 

MHP COVID-19 update - March 26

At this time, it is clear we have moved beyond the containment phase and into the mitigation phase for COVID-19. This was expected and is what you're seeing occur across the country/world. Soon, we will be unable to adequately trace each positive COVID-19 patient’s steps and provide detailed information on where they entered, what department(s) they were in, and who possibly came in contact with the patient. 

 

As a healthcare organization we also have to abide by HIPAA, so we are very limited on what information we can disclose. 

 

From the beginning MHP has stressed the importance of social distancing and hand washing.  At this point however, "The best advice available is to conduct yourself as if you personally could be an asymptomatic carrier and to assume that everyone you come in contact with could be a carrier of the virus (symptomatic or asymptomatic) as well," said Dr. Paula Gustafson, MHP Chief Medical Officer and Pediatrician . 

 

"Please urge your family, friends and neighbors to honor the "stay at home" order from the Governor and to use common sense techniques like hand washing, covering your cough, cleaning surfaces you frequently touch (like your cell phone) and social distancing."

 

For patients are experiencing flu-like symptoms or respiratory illness MHP now offers 4 convenient options.  

  1. Access the NEW MHP Virtual Clinic!  See a MHP provider online via the myVirtualHealthVisit app.  The MHP VIrtual Clinic is staffed by MHP providers Monday-Friday 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.  After hours we have partnered with The Online Care Group to offer our patients 24/7 virtual care.  For instructions on how to access the MHP Virtual Clinic visit www.mymhp.org/virtual
  2. Visit our NEW MHP Washington St. Clinic.  Located at 157 W. Washington St. and open Monday-Friday 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.  Please stay in your vehicle upon arrival and call the number on the door to be added to the wait list.
  3. Visit MHP Priority Care.  Located at 30 W. Rampart Street and open Monday-Friday 7 a.m. - 7 p.m. and Saturday-Sunday 8 a.m. - 2 p.m.  No appointment necessary.
  4. Call the MHP COVID-19 Hotline at 317-392-DOCS and a member of our care team will direct you as to your best plan of care.


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MHP COVID-19 Daily Update                 DATE: March 26, 2020

 

  • MHP TESTING STATUS:
    • Number of MHP patients tested: 96
    • Number of pending results: 35
    • Number of positive results: 8 (increase of 5 since yesterday)
    • 80%+ patients have minor/mild or no symptoms at all 

 

  • MHP INPATIENT STATUS:
    • Current number of inpatients:  20
    • Current number of patients in isolation: 17 
    • Number of available beds: 20 

 

  • MHP EMERGENCY DEPT STATUS:
    • Number of ER patients in last 24 hours: 44
    • Number of ER patients with respiratory signs/symptoms: 15 (representing 34%)

 

  • MHP PATIENTS TREATED AT OUR RESPIRATORY CLINIC LOCATIONS:
    • Priority Care: Treated 27 patients yesterday with respiratory symptoms and 29 today with respiratory symptoms
    • Washington St. Clinic:  Treated 11 patients yesterday with respiratory symptoms and 12 today with respiratory symptoms. 

 

  • UPDATES FOR THE PUBLIC:
    • Managing visitation:  Indiana hospitals are strictly enforcing visitation rules.  We are following the same policies.
      • Visitors are prohibited with the following exceptions:
        • One designated at end of life with appropriate screening
        • One designated for laboring patient with appropriate screening
        • One designated for pediatric patient with appropriate screening
        • One designated for surgery patient with appropriate screening
      • If a visitor is permitted, the visitor must remain in the patient’s room and cannot come and go from the patient’s room.  We are doing this to protect our other high-risk patients and our staff.  The visitor must also not have a positive or pending COVID-19 test. 
      • We can utilize FaceTime or Skype connectivity for patients and their family members to keep them connected.  The inpatient nursing staff is offering family members a phone number to call in for daily updates and also offering to make daily calls to the patient’s family if preferred. 
         
    • Why does MHP have a shortage of testing capability?    We are exploring several different vendors for testing capabilities.  There are a variety of factors to consider, such as cost to the patient, transportation of specimens and turnaround times.  To date, we have been restricted from testing certain patients and required to follow algorithms established by the CDC and ISDH, plus we initially had only two lab choices to use (ISDH/LabCorp).  Both sites had limited availability of test kits and supplies.  Currently, we have a critical shortage of transport media due to the large demand nationwide.  Our orders have been delayed by the manufacturers as they cannot keep up with demand. 
       
    • Nursing Home and Home Health patients:  The recommendation is to manage positive or suspected COVID-19 patients in isolation in their current setting and attempt to manage them in their home or in the SNF unless their situation requires emergency services.
       
    • Coordination with City/County/EMS/County Health Dept:  We continue to meet bi-weekly and interact daily with local City/County/EMS leaders and the County Health Department.  These community leaders have been very supportive and are working in coordination with MHP to ensure Shelby County is well positioned to address this crisis.    

Honda extends shutdown at Greensburg to April 6

Honda is extending its suspension of production at all facilities in the U.S. and Canada.

 

That would include the manufacturing plant in Greensburg.

 

The temporary shutdown due to the coronavirus will continue through April 6. Honda says it's due to the "continued steep decline in market demand across the automotive industry...resulting in the inability of consumers in many markets to purchase new vehicles."

 

The company says it will continue to provide opportunities for employees to be paid.

 

Subaru of Indiana Automotive, in Lafayette, also announced it is extending its temporary shutdown until April 6.

Health department announces 115 new COVID-19 cases, updates statewide case count

The Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH) today reported 115 new positive cases of COVID-19 have been diagnosed through ISDH, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and private laboratories. That brings to 477 the total number of Hoosiers diagnosed following corrections to the previous day’s total. Fourteen Hoosiers have died.

                                                 

A total of 3,356 tests have been reported to ISDH to date, up from 2,931 on Monday.

 

Marion County had the most new cases, at 67. The complete list of counties with cases is included in the ISDH COVID-19 dashboard at www.coronavirus.in.gov, which will be updated daily at 10 a.m.

 

Cases are listed by county of residence. Private lab reporting may be delayed and will be reflected in the map and count when results are received at ISDH.

 

The dashboard also has been updated to reflect the following changes based on information provided to ISDH: One Marion County case has been moved to Hamilton County, two duplicate cases have been removed from the Marion County total, a Warrick County case has been reclassified as an out-of-state resident, an Owen County case has been moved to Monroe County and a Ripley County case has been moved to Franklin County.

 

Additional updates on the state’s response to the COVID-19 outbreak may be provided later today.

Shelby County's Judge Riggins confirms positive COVID-19 test; Superior Court 2 closed until Monday for cleaning

Shelby County Superior Court 2 Judge David Riggins confirmed in a letter that he has tested positive for the COVID-19 coronavirus:

 

Today I found out that I had a positive test of the COVID-19 virus.  I have not been at the Courthouse since March 13, 2020 when I began our spring break vacation.  I began showing mild symptoms on March 18, 2020.  I thought it could have been a cold or the flu, but I wanted to be tested to be sure.  It took awhile to get permission to be tested, and thanks to Eli Lilly and Company, as a first responder (EMT), I was able to be tested yesterday.  I found out the results today. 

 

Even though I haven’t been around people at the courthouse since March 13, 2020, I did go to my office in the Courthouse on Sunday to get some computer equipment so that I could work from home.  In an abundance of caution, I sent all Superior Court 2 employees home today until Monday, March 30, 2020 so that the office could be cleaned.  Therefore, Superior Court 2 is CLOSED until Monday, March 30, 2020.

 

On Monday, March 30, 2020, and for the next two weeks thereafter, Superior Court 2 will be staffed with one person to process paperwork while other staff members work remotely from home.  Judicial duties required at the courthouse will be covered by our Magistrate Jennifer Kinsley and Judges Apsley and Meltzer and I will work from home.  Shelby Circuit Court and Superior Court 1 will maintain their own Courts accordingly. 

 

I’m sorry to have to do this, and I regret the concern that it may cause those of you that have recently appeared in my court or worked with me.  While HIPPA technically does protect my results, being a public servant, I think that fairness requires that I disclose my status.  To the chagrin of some, ambivalence of others, but mostly to the satisfaction of my friends and family, I do appear to be on the mend.  Like the rest of the Nation, I hope that this can be put behind us soon.  

 

 

David N. Riggins

Judge

Shelby Superior Court 2

Hotline to help business and industry with Stay-at-Home Order temporarily down; e-mail still available

Indiana’s call center to field industry questions about Governor Eric J. Holcomb’s Executive Order 20-08, which provides for essential and non-essential business operations, infrastructure and government functions while the state observes a stay-at-home order from March 25 - April 7 is temporarily down.

 

The Critical Industries Hotline is still available by emailing covidresponse@iedc.in.gov. The center is for business and industry questions only.

 

Please read Gov. Holcomb’s executive order and this FAQ page to clarify restrictions and acceptable activities and services under Monday’s Executive Order.

 

All of Gov. Holcomb’s Executive Orders can found here.

Health department announces 5 new COVID-19 deaths, updates statewide case count

The Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH) today reported 107 new positive cases of COVID-19, bringing to 365 the number of Hoosiers diagnosed through ISDH, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and private laboratories. Twelve Hoosiers have died.

                                                           

A total of 2,931 tests have been reported to ISDH to date, up from 1,960 on Monday.

 

Marion County had the most new cases, at 51. The complete list of counties with cases is included in the ISDH COVID-19 dashboard at www.coronavirus.in.gov, which will be updated daily at 10 a.m. Cases are listed by county of residence. Private lab reporting may be delayed and will be reflected in the map and count when results are received at ISDH.

 

The dashboard also has been updated to remove a previously counted case in Hancock County that was erroneously reported to ISDH as a positive and to shift the county of residence for three others, giving Brown County its first case, moving one case from Hancock to Hamilton County and moving a Wayne County case to Fayette County.

 

Additional updates on the state’s response to the COVID-19 outbreak may be provided later today. 

Indiana Stay-At-Home Order FAQ

Governor Eric J. Holcomb delivered a statewide address Monday to order that Hoosiers remain in their homes except when they are at work or for permitted activities, such as taking care of others, obtaining necessary supplies, and for health and safety. The related press release is attached. Below are frequently asked questions and their answers.

When does the order take effect?

The Stay-At-Home Order takes effect Tuesday, March 24 at 11:59 p.m. ET.

When does the order end?

The order ends on Monday, April 6, at 11:59 p.m. ET, but could be extended if the outbreak warrants it.

Where does the order apply?

The Stay-At-Home Order applies to the entire state of Indiana. Unless you work for an essential business or are doing an essential activity, you must stay home.

Is this mandatory or a recommendation?

This order is mandatory. For the safety of all Hoosiers, people must stay home and prevent the spread of COVID-19.

How will this order be enforced?

Staying home is critical to reducing the spread of COVID-19 in your community. Adhering to the order will save lives, and it is the responsibility of every Hoosier to do their part. However, if the order is not followed, the Indiana State Police will work with local law enforcement to enforce this order. The Indiana State Department of Health and the Alcohol and Tobacco Commission will enforce the restaurant and bar restrictions.

Will the Indiana National Guard enforce this order?

No. The Indiana National Guard is aiding in planning, preparation and logistics with other state agencies. For example, the Indiana National Guard assists in distributing hospital supplies the state receives.

What is an essential business?

Essential businesses and services include but are not limited to grocery stores, pharmacies, gas stations, police stations, fire stations, hospitals, doctor’s offices, health care facilities, garbage pickup, public transit, and public service hotlines such as SNAP and HIP 2.0. 

A list can be found in the Governor’s executive order at in.gov/coronavirus.

What is an essential activity?

Essential activities include but are not limited to activities for health and safety, necessary supplies and services, outdoor activity, certain types of essential work, and to take care of others.

A list can be found in the Governor’s executive order at in.gov/coronavirus.

I work for an essential business. Will I be allowed to travel to and from work?

Law enforcement will not be stopping drivers on their way to and from work, traveling for an essential activity such as going to the grocery store, or just taking a walk.

Will the grocery store/pharmacy be open?

Yes, grocery stores and pharmacies are essential services.

Can I still order take out/delivery from restaurants and bars?

Yes, restaurants and bars can continue to provide takeout and delivery, but should be closed to dine-in patrons.

Can I get my groceries delivered? Can I still get my online orders delivered?

Yes, you can still receive packages, get groceries delivered, and get meals delivered.

How can I get medical care?

If you develop symptoms such as fever, cough and/or difficulty breathing, and have been in close contact with a person known to have COVID-19 or have recently traveled from an area with ongoing spread of COVID-19, stay home and call your healthcare provider.

If you suspected you have COVID-19, please call the healthcare provider in advance so that proper precautions can be taken to limit further transmission. Older patients and individuals who have severe underlying medical conditions or are immunocompromised should contact their healthcare provider early, even if their illness is mild.

If you have severe symptoms, such as persistent pain or pressure in the chest, new confusion or inability to arouse, or bluish lips or face, contact your healthcare provider or emergency room and seek care immediately, but please call in advance if possible. Your doctor will determine if you have signs and symptoms of COVID-19 and whether you should be tested.

Nonessential medical care such as eye exams and teeth-cleaning should be postponed. When possible, health care visits should be done remotely. Contact your health care provider to see what telehealth services they provide.

What is the guidance for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities?

State-operated developmental centers, intermediate care facilities for individuals with developmental disabilities and community integrated living arrangements will continue to provide care. All in-home direct care staff are considered essential staff and should continue to support individuals in the home setting.  

If you have specific questions about your support and services, reach out to your provider or individual service coordination agency.

What if I still have to go to work?

You should stay home unless your work is an essential function such as a health care provider, grocery store clerk or first responder. If you have been designated essential by your employer, you should continue to go to work and practice social distancing.

A list of essential businesses can be found in the Governor’s executive order at in.gov/coronavirus.

What if I think my business should be closed, but they’re still asking me to report to work?

Essential businesses will remain open during the stay-at-home order to provide services that are vital to the lives of Hoosiers. If you believe your business is nonessential but still are being asked to show up to work, you may discuss it with your employer.

A certain service is essential for me, but the governor didn’t include it. What do I do?

The stay-at-home order was issued to protect the health, safety and well-being of Hoosiers. Although some businesses such as fitness centers and salons will be closed, essential services will always be available. For a list of essential businesses that will continue to operate during the order, visit in.gov/coronavirus.

Will public transportation, ride-sharing and taxis continue?

Public transportation, ride-sharing and taxis should only be used for essential travel.

Will roads in Indiana be closed?

No, the roads will remain open. You should only travel if it is for your health or essential work.

Can I still take a plane out of Indiana?

Planes and other types of transportation should be used for essential travel.

What if my home is not a safe environment?

If it is not safe for you to remain home, you are able and encouraged to find another safe place to stay during this order. Please reach out so someone can help. You can call the domestic violence hotline at 1-800-799-SAFE or your local law enforcement.

What about homeless people who cannot stay at home?

The administration wants to protect the health and safety of all Hoosiers, regardless of where they live. State agencies are partnering with community organizations to ensure the homeless population has safe shelter.

Can I visit friends and family?

For your safety, as well as the safety of all Hoosiers, you should remain at home to help fight the spread of COVID-19. You may visit family members who need medical or other essential assistance, such as ensuring an adequate food supply.

Can I walk my dog or go to the veterinarian?

You are allowed to walk your dog and seek medical care for your pet should they require it. Practice social distancing while out on walks, maintaining at least 6 feet from other neighbors and their pets.

Can I take my kids to the park?

State parks remain open, but welcome centers, inns, and other buildings are closed. Families will be able to go outside and take a walk, run or bike ride, but they should continue to practice social distancing by remaining 6 feet away from other people. Playgrounds are closed because they pose a high risk of increasing spreading the virus.

Can I attend a religious service?

Large gatherings, including church services, will be canceled to slow the spread of COVID-19. Religious leaders are encouraged to continue livestreaming services while practicing social distancing with one another.

Can I leave my home to exercise?

Outdoor exercise such as running or taking a walk is acceptable. However, gyms, fitness centers and associated facilities will be closed to reduce the spread of the coronavirus. While exercising outside, you still should practice social distancing by running or walking at least 6 feet away from other people.

Can I go to the hair salon, spa, nail salon, tattoo parlor or barber shop?

No, these businesses are ordered closed.

Can I leave my home to do laundry?

Yes, Laundromats, dry cleaners and laundry service providers are considered essential businesses.

Can I take my child to daycare?

Yes, daycares are considered an essential business.

Can I pick up meals at my child’s school?

Yes, Schools that provide free food services to students will continue on a pickup and take-home basis.

Governor orders Hoosiers to stay home in fight against COVID-19

Governor Eric J. Holcomb delivered a statewide address today to order that Hoosiers remain in their homes except when they are at work or for permitted activities, such as taking care of others, obtaining necessary supplies, and for health and safety. The order is in effect from March 25 to April 7.

 

“The next two weeks are critical if we are to slow the spread of COVID-19, and we must slow the spread. You must be part of the solution, not the problem,” said Gov. Holcomb.

 

The first positive case of COVID-19 in Indiana was reported on March 6. Since then the number of positive cases has increased on a near daily basis, escalating as the capacity to test has grown. As of this morning, the number of tests completed in Indiana is 1,960, the number of positive cases is 259 and 7 deaths have been reported.

 

“I’m setting the example by sending state government personnel home to work to the maximum extent possible and closing our facilities to public interaction beginning Tuesday, for at least the next two weeks,” said Gov. Holcomb.

 

Beginning Tuesday, all state government offices will be closed to in-person public activity until at least April 7. This includes the Government Center complex in Indianapolis and other offices throughout the state, including Bureau of Motor Vehicle branches. State employees will work remotely whenever possible and continue to provide core functions online and by phone. All public safety functions will continue.

 

In conjunction with the closures, Gov. Holcomb ordered an automatic extension of all state-issued licenses and will advise law enforcement to refrain from issuing citations for a driver’s license or registration that expires during this emergency.

 

The state, in conjunction with the city and all hospital systems in Marion County, has activated a comprehensive emergency operations center to maximize hospital capacity and provide joint coordination. The center is charged with tracking the inventory of all hospital beds, supplies and personnel as the number of COVID-19 patients grows.

 

“I am proud of our hospital systems that are participating in the initial phase of this process, Eskenazi Health, IU Health, Franciscan Health, Community Health Network, and Ascension,” said Gov. Holcomb. “Marion County is where we’ve seen the most community spread to date, but we will expand this model to other parts of the state.”

 

In all, Governor Holcomb issued four executive orders:

  • EO 20-08. Stay at Home. Provides for essential and non-essential business and operations, infrastructure, government services, travel, and activities outside of one’s home. Click here for answers to frequently asked questions regarding the stay-at-home order.   
  • EO 20-09. Continuity of State Operations. Provides for the continuing operation of state government from 5 p.m. today through 8 a.m. April 7 with restricted access to government buildings and services.
  • EO 20-10. Enforcement Directive Regarding Prohibition of In-Person Dining.
    • Directs that state and local boards of health and the Indiana Alcohol and Tobacco Commission (ATC) take all available administrative and enforcement actions against establishments that continue to offer in-house dining services, in violation of the governor’s executive order of March 16.
      • Health departments will deliver letters ordering restaurants that continue to provide in-person dining to cease such operations. If they do not comply, fines will be levied.
      • For restaurants with alcohol permits that continue to offer in-person dining, the ATC will issue an order in writing for the establishment to cease such operations. If the activity continues, the ATC will suspend the entity’s liquor license and will consider the non-compliance at the time of permit renewal.
  • EO 20-11. Provisions for carryout consumption of alcohol.
    • Relaxes the sale of carryout alcoholic beverages for dining establishments. This includes establishments that allow for on-premises consumption only and those that are permitted carryout permits dependent on a percentage of on-premises sales.

 

Links to all executive orders may be found here: https://www.in.gov/gov/2384.htm

 

The complete text of Gov. Holcomb’s address may be found here: https://www.in.gov/gov/3233.htm

 

Link to the Stay-At-Home Order FAQ may be found here: https://www.in.gov/gov/3232.htm

 

More information may be found at the ISDH website at in.gov/coronavirus/ and the CDC website at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html.

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March 23 (10am): COVID-19 update from ISDH

The Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH) today reported 58 new positive cases of COVID-19, bringing to 259 the number of Hoosiers diagnosed through ISDH, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and private laboratories. Seven Hoosiers have died, including an Allen County adult over age 60 whose death was announced Sunday by the Allen County Health Department.

                                                 

A total of 1,960 tests have been reported to ISDH to date, including 466 in the last 24 hours.

 

Marion County had the most new cases, at 28. The complete list of counties with cases is included in the ISDH COVID-19 dashboard at https://www.in.gov/coronavirus/, which will be updated daily at 10 a.m. Cases are listed by county of residence. Private lab reporting may be delayed and will be reflected in the map and count when results are received at ISDH.

 

Additional updates on the state’s response to the COVID-19 outbreak may be provided later today.

Health Department COVID-19 update; one case moved from Hancock to Marion Co.

The Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH) today reported 76 new positive cases of COVID-19, bringing to 201 the number of Hoosiers diagnosed through ISDH, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and private laboratories. Four Hoosiers have died.

                                                 

A total of 661 results were reported, bringing to 1,494 the number of tests reported to ISDH to date.

The new cases involve residents of Bartholomew (4), Boone (1), Delaware (1), Dubois (1), Floyd (1), Franklin (2), Grant (1), Hamilton (8), Hancock (2), Hendricks (2), Howard (1), Johnson (5), Lake (3), Madison (1), Marion (35), Monroe (1) Morgan (1), Putnam (1), Ripley (1), St. Joseph (2), Scott (1) and Tipton (1) counties.

 

The list of counties with cases is included in the ISDH COVID-19 dashboard at https://www.in.gov/coronavirus/, which will be updated daily at 10 a.m.

 

Cases are listed by county of residence. Private lab reporting may be delayed and will be reflected in the map and count when results are received at ISDH.

 

The dashboard has also been updated to remove a negative case that was incorrectly reported to ISDH as positive from Greene County and to reflect a change in residence that moves one case from Hancock County to Marion County.

 

Additional updates on the state’s response to the COVID-19 outbreak may be provided later today.

Health department announces 4th COVID-19 death in Indiana

The Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH) today confirmed the fourth Indiana death from COVID-19. The patient is a Delaware County adult over age 60 who had been hospitalized. No additional information about the patient will be released due to privacy laws.

 

The death was first announced by the Delaware County Health Department.

 

As of today, 126 Hoosiers have contracted COVID-19. All but one are adults.

 

COVID-19 is a respiratory illness caused by a novel, or new, coronavirus that has not been previously identified. The virus causing COVID-19 is not the same as the coronaviruses that commonly circulate among humans and cause mild illness, like the common cold.

 

For more information, including a list of frequently asked questions, visit www.in.gov/coronavirus and subscribe to receive updates.

 

Visit the Indiana State Department of Health at http://www.in.gov/isdh/ or follow us on Twitter at @StateHealthIN and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/StateHealthIN.

MHP COVID-19 update – 3/20/20

 If patients are experiencing flu-like symptoms please help us remind them to call the MHP COVID-19 Hotline at 317-392-DOCS so a member of our team can direct them as to their next steps.

 

MHP Family & Internal Medicine Walk-in Clinic is closed until further notice. 

 

  1. MHP Pediatrics will continue to operate as normal and will continue to see walk-in patients. 
  2. Any patient who is ill or has signs, symptoms, or exposure to COVID-19 (Coronavirus); please call (317) 392-DOCS (3627) and you will be directed what to do and where to seek treatment.
  3. Patients who are acutely ill, non-emergent patients are being directed to one of our 2 convenient locations:       
    1. Priority Care: Located in the Rampart Professional Building at 30 W. Rampart, Shelbyville
      Hours of operation: Monday -Friday: 7AM-7PM and Saturday & Sunday: 8AM-2PM. 
    2. NEW MHP Washington St. Clinic: Located at 157 W. Washington Street (across from the former Major Hospital site)
      Hours of operation: Monday -Friday: 8AM-4:30PM. 
  4. Indiana now has 79 confirmed cases (which is an increase of 23 cases since yesterday) and 2 deaths.  554 Hoosiers have been tested to date.  MHP has tested 46 patients and we have results back on 23 of those patients.  One patient tested positive on 3/18 and the remainder are pending.  There have been 11,274 cases and 157 deaths in the US. 
  5. MHP Bed capacity:  we have 56 staffed beds and 6 ICU beds under normal circumstances.  Our surge capacity includes 80 inpatient beds and 14 critical care beds. 
  6. If anyone has items they would like to donate to MHP during this challenging time please e-mail agill@majorhospital.org and a member of our team will follow up with you as soon as possible.  The following items are in high demand.  They must be new and in original packaging for us to accept them.
  • masks (N95, surgical masks, respirators)
  • Tyvek suits,
  • eye protection/safety glasses. 
  1. Due to a shortage of available testing supplies, all hospitals have been directed to follow the Indiana State Department of Health guidelines.  Therefore, we are not doing any testing at our ambulatory sites and are currently only testing high risk and severely ill patients in the following categories:
    1. Patients requiring hospitalization with fever and lower respiratory symptoms; negative for other sources of infection
    2. Healthcare workers (inpatient, outpatient, nursing home, and other long term care facilities, etc.) who provide direct care to at-risk patients
    3. Long-term care facility residents or prison/jail residents and staff with fever and respiratory illness and otherwise no known source
  2. MHP Valet services at Main Entrance 2 and the MHP Gift Shop both closed 3/19 and will remain closed for the foreseeable future.
  3. There is a severe blood shortage due to the COVID-19, especially for O-negative blood type.  Anyone who would like to donate blood can visit https://www.redcross.org/ to learn more and schedule an appointment.     

Our Hospice update to protect staff, patients, families and community members

Hospice of South Central Indiana wants to keep our community, patients, families and staff safe and healthy during the current pandemic.

 

“Please know Our Hospice will continue to bring care to our patients and families and will be vigilant in following all precautions to protect our staff, patients and families.Our Mission is To Make Every Moment Count and we are committed to continuing to bring our professional and competent care to everyone who needs it,” said Laura Leonard, Our Hospice President.

 

Our staff has received updated training and we are closely following the professional health care recommendations from the Center for Disease Control (CDC), the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization (NHPCO), Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and the Center for the Advancement of Palliative Care (CAPC).

 

Here is a list of updates for Our Hospice:

 

Screening at the Hospice Center

The Hospice Center has initiated screening for anyone entering the center, including staff, guests and visitors. Everyone should enter the center through the main entrance, including anyone visiting the CRH Sleep Diagnostic Center or the Outpatient Palliative Care clinic. Screening is recommended for the health and safety of our staff and patients. Additional cleaning of public spaces has been initiated and the gift shop and salad bar at the Inpatient Center are closed until further notice.

 

Postponing the April 26 Broadway Memories Event

Our Hospice staff and board want to ensure you that the well-being of the Broadway Memories performers, patrons, staff and volunteers is of the highest priority. With current restrictions and the recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control, the city of Columbus and the state of Indiana about limiting the number of people in a gathering for the next eight weeks, we have decided to postpone the Broadway Memories event that was originally scheduled for April 26. Ticket refunds are currently underway.We are in the process of identifying a new date in 2020 for this amazing event and will make sure that you are among the first to know of the new schedule. Questions can be directed to Brigitte Halvorsen at 812-314-8004 or emailed to ourhospice@crh.org

 

Suspending Bereavement Groups

Our Tuesday Bereavement Groups, Beginning Again, which usually takes place at 2:00 PM and 5:30 PM at the Hospice Center, have been temporarily suspended. If you need grief support, we encourage you to contact our bereavement team at 812-314-8044 or email Cathy at ccampbell@crh.org.

 

Our monthly Wings for the Journey support group for parents who have experienced the death of a child has also been suspended. This group normally meets the third Thursday of each month at the Hospice Center.  Please reach out to our bereavement team at 812-314-8044 or email Cathy at ccampbell@crh.orgif you need support.

 

We will continue to update you as appropriate during this time of rapid change.

Governor signs executive orders; schools closed thru May 1

Governor Eric J. Holcomb took additional unprecedented actions today to protect and support Hoosiers during the COVID-19 outbreak by signing executive orders that extend the closure of schools, provide economic relief and protections for individuals and businesses, and expand unemployment insurance benefits for those impacted by job loss.

 

“Every day we learn more about how to tackle this monster. We are being thoughtful about how to approach every action we are taking in this national public health emergency and putting Hoosiers’ health and safety first,” said Gov. Holcomb.

 

Daily COVID-19 testing capacity in Indiana has expanded with the addition of a new partnership between the Indiana State Department of Health and Eli Lilly and Company, and at least one other entity has initiated testing this week. In the past 24 hours, about 200 tests have been completed.

 

“As we increase the number of tests analyzed each day, no one should be caught off guard that the number of positive cases will increase,” said Dr. Kris Box, state health commissioner. “This will help us know where community spread is occurring in Indiana and help us mobilize resources in affected areas.”

 

Here is a summary of covered actions. The Executive Orders, which contain additional actions, will be found at this link: https://www.in.gov/gov/2384.htm

 

State of Emergency Extension

  • The Governor will extend the current state of emergency an additional 30 days when it expires on April 5.

 

K-12 schools

  • All K-12 public schools will remain closed until May 1. Non-public schools are also ordered closed. This date may be revised to extend through the end of the 2019-2020 school year if circumstances warrant.
  • All-state mandated assessments will be canceled for the current academic year. The governor has contacted U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos to share the state’s plan and also has asked the Superintendent of Public Instruction Dr. Jennifer McCormick to pursue any federal waivers needed to cancel the requirements for accountability, chronic absenteeism and state-mandated assessments.

 

Economy

  • The state of Indiana will align with the federal government to delay state income tax payments from April 15 to July 15. The U.S. Treasury extended the deadline to pay federal income tax by 90 days.
  • Penalties will be waived for 60 days for property tax paid after May 11. The state will work with counties that may experience cash flow stress because of the delay.
  • The state will not immediately move forward with using $300 million in reserves to pay for several capital projects approved in the just-concluded legislative session and instead maintain flexibility to utilize the funds as needed for relief efforts and to maintain current services. The state will consider using bonding authority to move forward with the just-approved capital projects.
  • Providers of essential utility services such as gas and electric, broadband, telecom, water and wastewater services are prohibited from discontinuing service to any customer during the public health emergency.
  • The state’s application to the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) was approved on Wednesday. This program provides targeted, low-interest loans of up to $2 million to help small businesses and nonprofits overcome the temporary loss of revenue as a result of coronavirus. See more at SBA.gov/Disaster.

 

Unemployment Insurance Benefits

  • The state will interpret Indiana’s unemployment laws to the broadest extent possible to cover Hoosiers who are out of work because of COVID-19.
  • Benefits will be paid to individuals who file their initial unemployment claims late.
  • The Department of Workforce Development will allow individuals to continue to accrue unemployment eligibility if they take work leave because of COVID-19.
  • DWD will seek federal authorization to provide unemployment benefits for those who are not otherwise eligible for unemployment, such individuals who have recently started a job.
  • For employers, DWD will not assess certain experience rate penalties because of employees who receive unemployment benefits because of COVID-19.

 

Housing

  • No residential eviction proceedings or foreclosure actions may be initiated during the public health emergency. This does not relieve the individual of obligations to pay rent or mortgage payments.
  • All public housing authorities are requested to extend deadlines for housing assistance recipients and required documentation to show eligibility for housing programs.
  • The Indiana Department of Financial Institutions and Indiana Community Housing Development Authority are required to work with financial institutions to identify tools to help promote housing stability.

 

Social Services

  • Participants in the Healthy Indiana Plan (HIP) and the Children’s Health Insurance Program are not required to make premium payments.
  • Job search requirements are waived for those applying for Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF) benefits.
  • The Family and Social Services Administration will seek a federal waiver to extend renewals for existing Medicaid and HIP recipients.
  • Telehealth services for mental health, substance use disorder and prescribing for Medicaid covered services will be expanded.

 

Insurance

  • The commissioner of the state Department of Insurance will request that insurers institute a 60-day moratorium on policy cancellations for non-payment of premiums. This does not suspend a policyholder’s obligation to make payments.
  • The commissioner will ask health insurers to cover COVID-19 testing without requiring prior authorization.
  • The commissioner will request that health insurers not increase prices or coverage costs that involve medical care for COVID-19.

 

Bureau of Motor Vehicles

  • To limit the number of in-branch transactions, late fees will be waived for several driver’s licenses and identification card renewals, vehicle registrations, titles, and certain other transactions.
  • Other operational changes in branches are being instituted to provide for the safety of employees and customers in branches, such as spacing between terminals and limiting the number of customers in the lobby.

 

Veterans

  • Requirements have been relaxed for veterans to qualify for awards from the Military Family Relief Fund.
  • Awards in excess of $2,500 may be approved by the IDVA director during the public health emergency.

 

Health and Professional Licensing

  • Mental health professionals are permitted to practice via telemedicine.
  • Advance Practice Registered Nurses are allowed to provide services in multiple locations.
  • The state health commissioner may waive requirements of the nursing home certificate of need statute to respond to COVID-19 issues for long-term care facilities.

Shelby County confirms 1st case of Novel Coronavirus

The Shelby County Health Department, in consultation with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH), has confirmed the first case of novel coronavirus in a county resident. The patient is isolated.

 

The county is working closely with the state health department to identify any close contacts of the patient who might have been exposed to ensure that appropriate precautions are taken in accordance with the latest CDC guidance. At this time, the risk to the public is believed to be low.

 

 Local Health Officer, Chris Loman, MD is working closely with state health officials. He stated, “we all need to remember to work together for the health of our community. Stay home if you are not feeling well and maintain social space of 6 feet. Good hand washing is the one of the best ways to prevent the spread of infection including the seasonal flu and covid-19.”

 

Symptoms of novel coronavirus include fever, cough and shortness of breath. Like influenza, human coronaviruses most commonly spread from an infected person to others through:

  • Respiratory droplets released into the air by coughing and sneezing;
  • Close personal contact, such as touching or shaking hands;
  • Touching an object or surface with the virus on it, then touching your mouth, nose, or eyes before washing your hands; and
  • Rarely, fecal contamination.

 

The best way to protect yourself from any respiratory illness, including the flu, is to:

 

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.

 

For additional information about novel coronavirus, visit https://www.in.gov/isdh/28470.htm.

Gov. Holcomb supports ISDH, Eli Lilly COVID-19 testing partnership

Governor Eric J. Holcomb offered the following statement after the announcement of the new partnership between the Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH) and Eli Lilly and Company, with support from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), to accelerate testing in Indiana for COVID-19.

 

“This partnership between the Indiana State Department of Health and Eli Lilly and Company will be transformational in our efforts to accelerate testing for COVID-19,” Gov. Holcomb said. “We are grateful for Lilly’s dedication to the health and safety of Hoosiers as we continue to put all of our focus into slowing the spread.”

 

Lilly will use its research laboratories to analyze samples taken in Indiana healthcare facilities, including nursing homes and emergency rooms, in an effort to increase the state’s ability to conduct testing for COVID-19. As Lilly’s testing capacity expands, Lilly and ISDH will work together to increase testing. Here is the link to Lilly’s full press release: https://investor.lilly.com/news-releases/news-release-details/lilly-indiana-state-department-health-partner-accelerate-covid

 

In a continuing effort to slow the spread of coronavirus, Gov. Holcomb also announced these additional efforts:

  • The Indiana Department of Education reported that all Indiana public schools are currently closed, using either e-Learning, spring break or waiver days granted by Gov. Holcomb.
  • With more than 512,000 small businesses throughout the state, Gov. Holcomb requested the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) to issue an Economic Injury Disaster Loan declaration supporting small businesses impacted by the coronavirus outbreak in Indiana.
    • The program would provide targeted, low-interest loans up to $2 million in order to help small businesses overcome the temporary loss of revenue as a result of coronavirus. Nonprofits would also be eligible for loan assistance through the program. More information is available at SBA.gov/Disaster.
  • The Indiana Department of Workforce Development (DWD) will host two live webinars for Hoosiers impacted by the COVID-19 crisis.
    • The program will cover unemployment eligibility requirements, frequently asked questions, and how to apply for benefits.
    • The 30-minute live programs will be held at 10:30 a.m. ET on Tuesday, March 24, and at 3 p.m. ET on Wednesday, March 25. To register, visit: https://on.in.gov/UI2020
  • Indiana Department of Revenue (DOR) continues to provide customer service by phone at 317-232-2240 and email using the online form at dor.in.gov/3392.htm.
  • The CDC has posted updated guidance for healthcare workers treating a patient who is suspected of having or confirmed to have COVID-19. Here is the link: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/hcp/caring-for-patients.html
  • The ISDH call center continues to experience high volume. Hoosiers with general questions are encouraged to visit the website in.gov/coronavirus for more information. ISDH has implemented a toll-free 24/7 call center at 877-826-0011 that includes options for healthcare providers as well as the public. Call center staff cannot offer medical advice or provide test results.

 

More information may be found at the ISDH website at in.gov/coronavirus/ and the CDC website at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html.

 

Gov. Holcomb announces closure of bars, restaurants to in-store patrons

In a continuing effort to slow the spread of novel coronavirus (COVID-19), Governor Eric J. Holcomb has announced additional efforts.

 

The governor and other state officials will conduct a COVID-19 briefing today at 2:30 p.m. in the south atrium of the Indiana Statehouse with the latest updates on testing and cases.

 

Here are additional directives from Governor Holcomb.

 

  • Indiana will adhere to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for large events and mass gatherings. The guidance recommends no in-person events of more than 50 people. Here is a link to the guidance: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/large-events/mass-gatherings-ready-for-covid-19.html
  • Under the current guidance for schools, 273 public school districts are closed, using e-learning days, or on spring break and have announced a future closure. The Department of Education is working with the remaining 16 school corporations to determine their next steps and needs
  • Bars, nightclubs and restaurants are required to close to in-person patrons and may provide take-out and delivery services through the end of March
  • Hospitals and ambulatory surgical centers should cancel and/or postpone elective and non-urgent surgical procedures immediately. This action will help the healthcare system conserve resources and personnel necessary to meet emerging health needs
    • Physicians should continue to perform critical procedures necessary to prevent short-term and/or long-term adverse effects to their patients’ overall health
  • The state’s Emergency Operations Center has been raised to a Level 1 status and will work in conjunction with the incident command center at the Indiana State Department of Health for planning, coordination, predictive analysis and other functions
  • State employees will maximize the use of remote work and meet virtually whenever possible while maintaining operations. Non-essential in-person meetings will be limited to 10 persons or less and should meet virtually whenever possible. High-risk individuals should not attend meetings in person
  • State employees over the age of 60 with underlying health conditions are advised to work from home, and agencies should identify work that can be accomplished remotely for those individuals
  • The Indiana State Museum and Historic Sites, which are closed on Mondays, will close to the public beginning Tuesday
  • The visitors center at White River State Park will close
  • Indiana state parks and recreation centers, including state park inns, remain open. Restaurants will convert operations to take-out and delivery
  • State agencies already are developing remote work plans for employees and will continue to implement them while maintaining necessary state services. Employees who work outdoors are encouraged to practice social distancing
  • The Department of Workforce Development (DWD) has suspended rules requiring certain unemployment insurance claimants to physically appear at a Work One location to engage in reemployment services for the next four weeks. This will ensure that individuals who may be symptomatic do not have to physically appear to continue their unemployment insurance eligibility
    • The DWD will also request flexibility under federal and state law to expand eligibility for claimants and ease burdens on employers.
  • The Indiana Economic Development Corporation will postpone the inaugural Indiana Global Economic Summit, scheduled for April 26-28
  • Communities are encouraged to work together to provide child care options for all who need assistance and delivery services of meals and other necessities for senior citizens
  • Hoosiers who can donate blood are encouraged to visit local blood centers. Blood supplies are low. Please follow the guidance at www.redcross.org

 

More information may be found at the ISDH website at https://on.in.gov/COVID19 and the CDC website at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html.

Shelbyville's Strand Theatre extends performance suspension amid COVID-19 outbreak

Following the guidance from the CDC, local officials, and other institutions, the Strand Theatre will suspend performances until May 11.   We are working with our performers to change schedules to accommodate performances.   The following are the affected events:

 

4/8/2020  Darkest Hour (2017) - Film

4/9/2020  Dish It Out 

4/10/2020 Old Dark House (1932) - Film

4/15/2020 Community Treasure Series - Made in Shelby County

4/18/2020 Churchill- One Man Play

4/19/2020 Sunset Stomp Dixieland Band - Concert

4/21/2020  Attack of the Crab Monster (1959) - Film

4/22/2020  Poetry Night

4/24/2020  My Dark Reality - Concert

4/28/2020  E.T. The Extraterrestrial (1982) - Film

4/30/2020  Advantage Shelby County Graduation

5/1/2020  St. Joe School Program

5/2/2020  SHS Jazz Band

 

Please note the Shelby County Players performance of DIAL M FOR MURDER will take place from May 15-24.   We will work to reschedule as many events as we can.   We will also be doing events via live streaming as possible. 


Thank you for your understanding and support.   This is a very difficult time for all those who know and love the Strand Theatre.

More details in Saturday 2-car fatality on I-74 in Shelby County

The Shelby County Sheriff’s Department worked a two car personal injury accident , between the 114 and 115 mile markers of I74 eastbound just after noon on Saturday.

 

The department  stated that it appears a white 2003 Honda Accord traveling westbound ,being driven by a juvenile male, age 17, of Shelbyville ,  lost control and crossed median and traveled into the eastbound lanes. The Honda was struck by a white 2019 Nissan Murano being driven by Carl S. Walton, age 85, of Indianapolis. 

 

All three males, in the Honda suffered serious injuries. They were all taken to Methodist Hospital. The front seat male passenger of the Honda, Nolan Parker, 18, of Shelbyville, passed away at Methodist.  The other passengers in the Honda are also from Shelbyville.

 

The Nissan Murano  had four occupants. The driver, Carl Walton, was taken to Eskenazi Hospital as well as passenger Lillie Walton, age 76 . . The third passenger, Angela Harve, yage 51, of Fairland, was taken to Methodist.  All three had serious injuries .  A fourth passenger was not injured . 

The crash is still under investigation. 

IHSAA postpones boys state basketball tournament

The IHSAA has announced the postponement of the boys state basketball tournament.

 

Due to the number of schools closing after today for an extended period of time, it has become apparent the IHSAA boys basketball tournament series cannot be completed as scheduled.

 

Subsequently, the boys basketball tournament is postponed immediately.

 

Saturday’s girls gymnastics state finals at Worthen Arena in Muncie will continue as scheduled with no spectators in attendance. Competition will begin at 1 pm ET / 12 pm CT. 

Ivy Tech Community College delays start of class

 Ivy Tech Community College is delaying the continuation of current courses and the start of new 8-week courses until March 23 at which time the College will move to delivering all courses virtually. The College plans to deliver courses virtually through April 5 initially. 

 

The College will monitor and adjust this timeline as more is learned about COVID-19 nationwide and in the state.

 

Ivy Tech locations will remain open to provide student and business office assistance including the ability for students to meet with advisors, admissions and financial aid, use computers, and access to faculty as needed. Accommodations will be made for labs, clinicals and some technology courses to meet in groups of 10 or less as needed if social distancing can be assured. Information regarding such meetings will be provided to students from their faculty. Faculty and staff will continue to be on location to provide assistance. Ivy Tech students are currently on spring break.

 

“While our students have been on spring break we have continuously monitored the coronavirus pandemic and have weighed all options. Our focus is always on the safety and academic success of our students. At this time, given the escalating cases in Indiana and across the country, we believe that offering our courses virtually is now the most viable alternative. Ivy Tech currently offers nearly half of our courses online. However, with more than 1,600 faculty across our 18 campuses, we will use next week to provide faculty the training, tools, and support to deliver quality instruction to our students so that they can successfully move forward with their educational and career goals,” Ivy Tech President Sue Ellspermann said.

 

Ivy Tech offers 16-week courses that started in January and were at the midway point in the semester when spring break started on March 9. The restart of those courses will be delayed one week with this change. The College also offers a large number of 8-week courses, which had either ended by March 9 or are scheduled to begin on March 16. The start date of those second 8-week courses will be delayed with all courses starting again on March 23. In all cases under the current plan the semester will extend an additional week and conclude May 17. The College has not announced any changes regarding commencement ceremonies at this time.

 

Ivy Tech will continue to post updates atwww.ivytech.edu/COVID-19

Events scheduled at the Indiana State Fairgrounds & Event Center are suspended

Announcement from the Indiana State Fairgrouns & Event Center

 

In the interest of public health, Governor Holcomb has ordered that all non-essential gatherings must be limited to no more than 250 people. Until further notice events scheduled at the Indiana State Fairgrounds & Event Center are suspended. We will work in the coming weeks to reschedule those events that we can.

 

We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience this may cause, but the safety and health of our guests, staff and community are our top priority. A ticket refund policy is being developed and will be communicated when finalized. Please check back for updates.

Heritage House COVID-19 Visitor Restrictions Notice

Heritage House has issued the following temporary visitor restrictions at all of its locations.

 

Attention Visitors:

Until further notice, we are expanding temporary visitation restrictions at all Heritage House facilities.
1. All visitation is suspended with limited exceptions.
2. Activities outside of the facility will be suspended.
3. Activities inside the facility involving community volunteers are suspended.

These restrictions are based on current CDC, ISDH and CMS recommendations.

Thank you for your understanding. At Heritage House, our residents’ safety and well-being are our number one priority. Please contact the facility if you have further questions.

 

Severe weather, tornado threats more prominent in southern Indiana and southern Ohio Valley

Indiana is seeing it's first legitimate risk for severe weather of the year today.

 

David Beachler, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service, said the greatest risk for severe weather is in southern Indiana. Damaging winds, hail, and a small chance for a tornado are all in the cards.

 

"That threat (for tornadoes) seems to be along the Ohio River and further south than that," Beachler said. "But, that's not to say there could be some fluctuations and we may see that threat creep a little bit further north."

 

Beachler expects the weather to start ramping up a little after 3:00 p.m EDT and keep going through about midnight tonight. It's the middle of March and Beachler said this is about the time we start seeing a lot more severe weather pop up.

 

"This is typically the time we starting seeing severe weather," he said. "We saw a couple weeks ago a round of severe weather in the Tennessee Valley. So, it's not uncommon to see the first round of severe weather in the middle part of March, especially in central and southern Indiana."

 

Beachler said the severe weather will clear out by tomorrow and that it will be the start of a spring like warming trend as we head towards April. He does not expect any more days any time soon in which highs will be in the 30's or low 40's.

The Strand suspends upcoming performances

The Strand Theatre in Shelbyville has released the following statement on upcoming performances that have been suspended due to the COVID-19 outbreak:

 

The Strand Theatre has made the difficult decision to suspend performances until April 8, 2020.   

 

We are an all volunteer operation.   The safety and welfare of our audience and volunteers is our first priority.   

 

Events that are affected by this suspension are:

 

March 13 - Donald Davidson

March 14 - Love and Rock

March 17 - Spaceways

March 18 - Downtown Presentation 

March 20 - Frankenstein

March 21 - Troy Davis All Star Comedy

April 1 - Liberty United Methodist Church Cantata

April 3 - Mario the Maker Magician

April 5 - Shelby Community Band Spring Concert

 

On April 1 the Strand's leadership will make a decision whether to extend the suspension if warranted.   We will have an announcement on that date.

 

We truly appreciate the support and understanding during these difficult times.   

Johnson County added to list of known COVID-19 cases

The Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH) has updated its new COVID-19 online dashboard to reflect four additional presumptive positive cases. The patients reside in Howard and Johnson counties and are all adults.

 

This brings to 10 the number of Hoosiers who have tested positive for COVID-19.

 

The dashboard can be found at https://on.in.gov/COVID19 and will be updated daily at 10 a.m. 

IU Health offers free clinic for coronavirus screening

IU Health has launched a virtual clinic to offer individuals in Indiana regardless of age free Coronavirus (COVID-19) screenings using the IU Health Virtual Visit app.

 

Staffed 24/7 with IU Health physicians, advance practice providers and registered nurses, the clinic will screen patients from home, potentially eliminating the need to visit physician offices, urgent cares or emergency departments.

 

The team will recommend and facilitate appropriate pathways for care, and provide direct access and communication with local hospitals as medically appropriate.

 

How can you access the hub?

 

  1. Download the free IU Health Virtual Visits app (Google Play or iTunes) or enroll on your computer.
  2. Enroll by creating a free login and completing your personal profile.
  3. Connect with the virtual hub, select “Coronavirus Screen” and find the appropriate pathway for care.

Be sure to allow access to your camera and microphone if you are using the app. If you are connecting via desktop, be sure to test your computer settings.

Avon schools closed Monday after student tested for coronavirus; Hickory Elementary to close thru spring break

An elementary school student in Avon has tested positive for coronavirus, prompting the entire school district to have an e-learning day on Monday.

 

The Hendricks County Health Department on Sunday night notified the school district that a student who attends Hickory Elementary received the positive test result late Sunday and shared it with the district.

 

The state health commissioner and the Hendricks County Health Department have recommended that Hickory Elementary School be closed for two weeks. Students and staff will return after spring break, on April 6.

 

If confirmed by the Indiana State Department of Health, the child would be the third person in Indiana to have tested positive for coronavirus. Two people who traveled to Boston in late February to attend a BioGen conference have also tested positive.

 

The school district released the following statement:

 

On Sunday, March 8th at 10:25 p.m. Avon Community School Corporation was notified by the Hendricks County Health Department that a student from Hickory Elementary has tested positive for COVID-19/Coronavirus. The law directs us to keep student medical information confidential.

The Health Department received the positive test result late Sunday evening and shared it with us immediately. Because this information just became available, we believe it is prudent to exercise our option to have an e-Learning day on Monday, March 9th for the entire school district.

 

Although it is not required, the State Health Commissioner and Hendricks County Health Department have recommended that Hickory Elementary School be closed for two weeks through Friday, March 20th. It is our intent to provide our Hickory students with ongoing learning opportunities, which may include e-learning and other experiences. Hickory students and staff will be able to return on Monday, April 6th, following Spring Break.

 

We appreciate the guidance and collaboration provided by the Indiana Department of Health, the Hendricks County Health Department and the Indiana Department of Education.

 

Questions should be directed to the Hendricks County Health Department at 317-745-9222.

Southwest Airlines statement on COVID-19

There is no higher priority to our entire Southwest Family than the Safety of our Customers and Employees. We are in close communication with medical professionals, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the World Health Organization (WHO), government agencies, and internal teams to stay on top of this evolving situation. According to the most recent information from the CDC, for most people, the immediate risk of being exposed to the virus that causes COVID-19 is thought to be low.

 

We want you to feel confident when traveling with Southwest Airlines. As a result, we have enhanced some of our cleaning procedures in the interest of our Customers' and Employees' health and safety.

 

Aircraft Cleaning: We spend between 6-7 hours cleaning each aircraft every night, and, as of March 4, 2020, we have enhanced our overnight cleaning procedures. Typically, we use an EPA approved, hospital-grade disinfectant in the lavatories and an interior cleaner in the cabin. Now, we are expanding the use of the hospital-grade disinfectant throughout the aircraft, and it will be used in the cabin, on elements in the flight deck, and in the lavatory. This goes beyond the standard CDC guidelines.

 

Also, we equip each of our aircraft with a HEPA (High Efficiency Particulate Air) filter, which filters out recirculated air onboard each plane to remove airborne particles. HEPA filters are also used in hospitals to provide patients with clean air.

 

To learn more about our enhanced aircraft cleaning procedures, visit our blog for a detailed overview, along with a video and photos of the process.

 

In addition, I want to take a moment to remind Customers of our flexible policies. These policies have always been in place at Southwest Airlines and provide our Customers peace of mind every day. We never charge Customers a fee to change or cancel (though fare differences might apply) their flights. If your plans change or if you decide to postpone your travel, the funds used to pay for your flight can be applied to future travel as long as you cancel your reservation at least 10 minutes prior to the scheduled departure. The funds are valid for future travel up to one year from the original purchase date and must be used by the individual named on the ticket. Hopefully, these policies provide comfort to all of our Customers that they can book travel on Southwest as normal, and, if the circumstances change in the future, they can alter their plans without the penalty of a fee.

 

Rest assured, we are monitoring this developing situation closely, staying in regular contact with federal agencies, health organizations, and other experts. We've developed a host of resources to keep you informed and updated along the way, including our Travel Advisory on southwest.com and our Company blog, and we'll continue to post updates as this situation evolves.

Thank you for your patience and trust in Southwest Airlines. We are prepared to navigate through these challenging circumstances with your safety and confidence in Southwest Airlines at the forefront of everything we do.

 

We look forward to seeing you onboard soon,

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MHP issues statement on Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Indiana has its first confirmed case of 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19). At Major Health Partners (MHP) we are following direction from the Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH) and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) as we establish our practices in identifying, diagnosing and caring for these potential patients.

 

This is very much an evolving situation, hence the need to rely heavily on direction from the ISDH. For more information and updates on COVID-19, we encourage you to visit www.cdc.govwww.in.gov/isdh or the MHP website at www.myMHP.org.  These sites will provide you with reliable, up-to-date, valid information. 

 

“At MHP, we are coordinating efforts with the CDC and the ISDH to prepare for, plan, monitor and respond to this evolving situation on a local level,” said Linda Wessic, CNO, COO at MHP. So far, MHP has not had any patients present that met the testing guidelines. “We have incorporated the assessment of clinical symptoms and risk factors into our clinical intake documentation and are well prepared,” said Wessic.

 

This direction will guide MHP staff through a process that assists them in determining if testing for the COVID 19 virus is warranted. As noted in the attached document, testing requires consultation with our Infection Control Dept, who then confers with the local Health Dept and subsequently, the ISDH. 

 

“Should a patient with COVID-19 symptoms present themselves, our goal upon entry into our system, would be to protect and contain.”, said Wessic. “Patients with applicable symptoms would be instructed to wear a mask and would be isolated as much as possible within the care area. If testing is indicated, all ambulatory/out-patients will be transported to the Emergency Dept and placed in a negative airflow room. Inpatients will be moved to a negative air flow room on the third floor.”

 

To help protect yourself and others, MHP recommends the following:

  • If you have flu-like symptoms, wear a mask.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
  • If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces (such as cell phones, keyboards, and door knobs) using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
  • Eat healthy and get good sleep.

State health department confirms first case of COVID-19 in Hoosier with recent travel

Governor Eric J. Holcomb and the Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH) announced today the first presumptive positive case of COVID-19 in a Marion County resident with a recent history of travel to Boston.

 

To ensure continued coordination, Gov. Holcomb is issuing a public health emergency declaration.

 

“With the help of our federal, state and local partners, Indiana is responding to this case as we have planned and prepared for weeks,” Gov. Holcomb said. “The Hoosier who has been diagnosed has taken responsible steps to stay isolated.”

 

ISDH is working closely with the Marion County Public Health Department, Community Hospital North and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to ensure that any close contacts of the patient are identified and monitored and that all infection control protocols are being followed.

A presumptive positive case means the patient has tested positive at the ISDH Laboratories.

 

Samples will be sent to the CDC for final confirmation.

 

The public health emergency declaration Gov. Holcomb is issuing today will call on state agencies to continue their diligence and cooperation in responding to COVID-19 and ensures that Indiana can seek funding to control and stop the spread of coronavirus. The declaration will be posted at www.in.gov/gov.

 

State Health Commissioner Kris Box, M.D., FACOG, said the adult patient has been in quarantine since arriving back in Indianapolis and that the risk to the general public is low. The CDC will work to identify and notify air travelers who were on the individual’s flight from Boston and had close contact with the patient.

 

The patient will remain in isolation for 14 days and will not be released until specimens taken two consecutive days at the end of that period test negative for COVID-19. No additional information about the patient will be released due to privacy laws.

 

“The state health department has been preparing for weeks to ensure that we have the resources and systems in place to limit or prevent the spread of COVID-19 in Indiana,” Dr. Box said. “Given the global spread of this illness, the question was never if Indiana would have a case, but when it would arrive. I want to stress that this is an isolated case, and that this patient and the hospital did everything possible to limit the risk of exposure to other individuals. Because of those steps, the risk of additional exposure and community transmission is low, but we are taking every precaution to prevent new infections related to this patient.”

 

Human coronaviruses most commonly spread from an infected person to others through:

  • Respiratory droplets released into the air by coughing and sneezing;
  • Close personal contact, such as touching or shaking hands;
  • Touching an object or surface with the virus on it, then touching your mouth, nose, or eyes before washing your hands; and
  • Rarely, fecal contamination.

The best way to protect yourself from any respiratory illness, including the flu, is to:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.

The CDC does not recommend that people who are well wear a facemask to protect themselves from respiratory illnesses, including COVID-19. You should only wear a mask if a healthcare professional recommends it. A facemask should be used by people who have COVID-19 and are showing symptoms to protect others from the risk of infection.

 

This is an ongoing situation and is evolving rapidly. ISDH will provide updates as new information becomes available. For more information, including a list of frequently asked questions, visit https://on.in.gov/COVID19.

Federal dollars to improve broadband going to Decatur Co.

U.S. Congressman Greg Pence (IN-06) announced $6,500,000 in federal grant dollars to Decatur County to upgrade broadband service. This Rural Development investment will be used to connect 372 consumers, and build and improve 101 miles of line.

 

Pence has consistently fought for and supported measures to improve rural technology in his district and across the nation, urging support for America’s rural communities and introducing legislation to improve broadband access. 

 

“Without access to broadband, entire communities are being left behind,” said Congressman Pence. “Access to a viable broadband connection impacts nearly every rural community and industry in the nation, from agriculture to health care and medicine. Connecting our rural communities is one of my top priorities, and with this grant, we are one step closer to closing the digital divide.”

Shelbyville Board of Public Works upholds demotion of Chief of Detectives

The Shelbyville Board of Public Works and Safety announced Tuesday that it will uphold the demotion of Shelbyville Police Chief of Detectives Clifford Coffman.

 

Upon recommendation of Police Chief Mark Weidner the board voted to demote Coffman related to neglect of duty and neglect or disobedience of a direct order issued on December 3.  The board decided that Coffman failed to actively involve himself in, guide and supervise a homicide investigation involving a stabbing death.

 

The board submitted the following document in rendering its decisioon.