1,000+ Hoosiers test positive for COVID overnight; 16 more die of virus — AC goes virtual Monday

Staff Writer

    The Indiana Department of Health today announced that 1,488 additional Hoosiers have been diagnosed with COVID-19 through testing at the state laboratory, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and private laboratories. That brings to 129,677 the total number of Indiana residents known to have had the novel coronavirus following corrections to the previous day’s dashboard.
    A total of 3,515 Hoosiers are confirmed to have died from COVID-19, an increase of 16 from the previous day following corrections to the dashboard. Another 227 probable deaths have been reported based on clinical diagnoses in patients for whom no positive test is on record. Deaths are reported based on when data are received by the state and occurred over multiple days.     To date, 1,451,391 unique individuals have been tested in Indiana, up from 1,440,917 on Wednesday. A total of 2,246,099 tests, including repeat tests for unique individuals, have been reported to the state Department of Health since Feb. 26.

    As of Thursday, 4,810 Adams County residents have been tested for the novel coronavirus, with 333 confirmed cases (with 14 new cases overnight) and four deaths. The seven day positivity percentage currently stands at 2.0%.
    With two students testing positive for COVID-19 and more than 80 in quarantine, Adams Central has officially decided to close their doors.
    Superintendent Joel D. Mahaffey announced the move on social media Thursday morning, after consulting with both the local school board and Dr. Mike Ainsworth, Adams County’s Health Officer. According to the post, all are in “complete agreement” to end in-school education in the short term as a preventative measure.
    Adams Central students will begin virtual learning Oct. 12 and continue to Oct. 22; fall break begins the next day, Oct. 23, so students will not return for in-school instruction until Oct. 27.
    Fall athletic practices and competitions will continue as scheduled, Mahaffey said in the post. Other information regarding curbside lunch pickup and school assignments will be posted on Adams Central’s website, www.accs.k12.in.us.
    To date, no positive cases from an Adams County school have been reported on the state’s school dashboard, making Adams 1 of only 4 counties in the state with no positive school cases reported on the Indiana Department of Health website.

    A free community testing clinic will remain open for the foreseeable future, according to Adams Health Network.
    The testing site, located at the Hospital Physician’s Office Building at 815 High Street in Suite D, is a collaboration between Adams Health Network, the Adams County Health Department and the Indiana Department of Health.
    Clinic hours are from 5-8 p.m. Monday-Friday and 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Results are expected within 2-3 days after testing, and can be obtained from the health department.
    All testing supplies and electronic documentation software are provided by the state, while Adams Health Network handles the space, coordination and personnel used to staff the clinic. Curbside greeting will be offered to control social distancing, with “inside” swab testing in Suite D. After testing, patients will exit on the south side of the building.
    The clinic is free to anyone with an Indiana home or work address and patients are asked to bring proof, such as an Indiana driver’s license, work ID or utility bill. There are no symptom-related restrictions; individuals are not required to be symptomatic before testing.
    Antibody testing will not be provided to check for previous infection.