Welcome to the Floyd County Indiana Health Department
The Health Department supports all citizens of Floyd County wearing a mask when in public.
If you have difficulty finding masks or have a need for one, please come to the Floyd County Health Department, 1917 Bono Road, New Albany, IN 47150, Monday through Friday between the hours of 8:30 am to 3:30 pm.
COVID-19 Update (As of July 28th at 3:52pm)
- 44 deaths of Floyd Co. Residents
*609 positives in Floyd County Residents (includes patients tested by ISDH)
*8697 Total patients tested by Floyd County since 3/13/2020 (325 of these individuals are Awaiting Test Results)
*Numbers of tests conducted are compiled only from Floyd County Health Dept, Baptist Health Floyd Hospital and Medical Groups, and other Physician Offices in Floyd County. Numbers of patients tested does not include tests conducted by ISDH.
Week of 7/19/20 to 7/25/2020 (number of tests only compiled from FCHD and BHF Groups):
- *50 positive cases
- *6.4% positive rate for week of 7/19/2020 through 7/25/2020
Back on Track Indiana: Second Continuation of Stage 4.5
Covid-19 Information Resources
Beware that there is a lot of misleading and incorrect information being circulated by podcast and Facebook. We want people to have good data, so we are listing these sources that are highly respected by the medical field.
Effectiveness of Mask Use/Social Distancing
July 28 2020
Several people have asked about scientific studies discussing the effectiveness of mask use and social distancing, alleging that supportive studies don't exist.
This is not the truth.
For example, an article published in Lancet on June 1, 2020 reviewed 172 observational studies across 16 countries and 6 continents, using comparative studies in healthcare and non-healthcare settings. A review of the data showed clear and convincing evidence that the use of social distancing and mask use reduced the transmission of Covid-19. The investigators concluded that the meta-analysis supported the current guidelines for physical distancing and that the correct use of face masks can reduce the number of infections. A short summary news article can be found at www.contemporarypediatrics.com, posted June 5,2020 by Miranda Hester.
The use of masks is not a civil rights issue or an attempt to control the population. Masks simply reduce the spread of Covid-19. This lowers the numbers of new cases, reduces the mortality rate, and speeds the return to normal education and societal function. Indeed, it has been projected that if 95% of the population wore masks as directed 33,000 lives would be saved in the US by October.
Reference: Chu DK, Aki EA, Duda S et. al., Physical distancing, face masks, and eye protection to prevent person-to-person transmission of SARS CoV-2/ COVID-19. Lancet. June 1, 2020. doi:10.1016/s0140-6736(20)31142-9
Floyd County Health Order Number 1-2020: Face Covering Mandate
July 23 2020
The outbreak of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to plague our community. In the last four (4) weeks we have seen an increase in cases, despite the current mitigating measures. The State of Indiana has slowed the reopening stages; however, our daily rate of new illnesses continues to rise. There is currently no vaccine to prevent the illness. Measures such as hand hygiene, facial coverings, and social distancing are the most effective strategies to reduce the spread from infected persons to noninfected persons. Therefore, to protect public health and simply save lives, restrictions must be established to assist in the reduction of COVID-19 transmission.
With this understanding, and with the approval of the Floyd County Board of Health, as the Floyd County Health Officer, I hereby order a facial covering mandate, pursuant to Indiana Code 16-20-1 et seq. and 16-41-9 et seq. This order takes affect 00:01 (12:01 AM) EDT 24 July 2020. The order will remain in effect for six (6) weeks, expiring 00:01 (12:01 AM) EDT 11 September 2020. The order may be extended depending on pandemic conditions.
Every individual must wear a facial covering over their nose and mouth when they are at:
- An indoor area open to the public including public transportation
- A private indoor or outdoor area where a social distance of six (6) feet from individuals outside their households cannot be maintained
- An outdoor public area where a social distance of six (6) feet from individuals outside their household cannot be maintained
- An enclosed public space or place of business.
A properly worn facial covering fully covers the individual’s mouth and nose, fits snuggly against the sides of the face with no gaps, is secured to prevent slipping, and allows for breathing with no restrictions. All face coverings that are not disposable should be washed each day before reuse. An adult should supervise the use of facial coverings by children age three (3)-twelve (12) to avoid misuse.
Exceptions to the policy include, but are not limited to:
- Any child age two (2) or less
- Any individual in respiratory distress
- Any individual who is hearing impaired and needs to remove facial coverings to communicate
- Any individual who has been advised, in writing, by a primary care provider that wearing a facial covering is detrimental to the individual’s health
- Any individual who is unconscious, incapacitated, or otherwise unable to remove the facial covering without assistance
- Any individual who is directed to remove a facial covering by a law enforcement officer
- Any employee engaged in work where a face covering would be deemed a hazard by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)
- Any restaurant or bar customer while they are dining
- Any individual not in an area open to the public and where a social distance of six (6) feet can be maintained from non-household members [Ex. A single person private office]
The intent of this order is to provide a safe environment for all people in Floyd County, whether engaged in work, social, or everyday activities, by mandating the use of facial coverings to prevent the spread of COVID-19. This will protect public health in Floyd County. Nothing in this order reduces or eliminates the requirements imposed by the executive orders by Governor Holcomb or orders from other regulating governmental agencies. This order is intended to be used to educate, encourage, and persuade people to wear facial coverings.
Citizens should continue to use frequent hand washing or sanitizing; maintain a minimum social distance of six (6) feet; avoid touching the eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands; and most importantly, stay home and isolate yourself if you are sick.
Thomas M. Harris MD, FACEP
Floyd County Health Officer
Prom Event at The Grand
July 14 2020
The Floyd County Health Department has been made aware of a dance event held on July 10, 2020 at The Grand in New Albany Indiana that was attended by approximately 200 juniors and seniors from New Albany High School. This event was not sanctioned by New Albany High School. The number of attendees are within limits set forth by Governor Holcomb. However, news photos clearly show the lack of social distancing and use of face masks by the participants.
Due to the recent Increase in Covld-19 cases in Floyd County, the Floyd County Health Department recommends that everyone wear masks and practice social distancing. If you attended the event at The Grand and develop symptoms of Covld-19 please contact the Floyd County Health Department for testing at 812-948-4726.
June 25, 2020
The Floyd County Health Department (FCHD) and Floyd County Health Officer, Thomas Harris, MD, FACEP have been meeting with local school agencies for plans for Fall School and Activities. We have been providing advice and input for different options for the school board. FCHD is using the ISDH template for recommendations and will follow state and national directives.
Neither FCHD nor Thomas Harris, MD, FACEP have been contacted by the members of the Board of Education for Floyd County. We have met with New Albany-Floyd County Schools (NAFCS) administration several times and fielded follow-up inquires. FCHD has been told that decisions regarding graduation will not be finalized by NAFCS until Friday, June 26, 2020.
Sports Play Update
June 9 2020
The Floyd County Health Department [FCHD] has received complaints regarding events at the Floyd County Community Club that occurred during the weekend of 7 June 2020. A local pay–to-play team was involved in several games, the results of which were published on the internet. An investigation is on-going. A previous issue regarding the organization was reported to a local Little League organization by the Floyd County Parks Department.
Under the stages plan of Indiana’s reopening, team sport league play may not resume until 14 June 2020. Tournaments involving teams traveling from out of the county cannot start until after 3 July 2020, unless circumstances change as new cases are identified. “Scrimmages” and inter-team events are considered league play and should not occur until after the 14th.
People that attended this event are at a heightened risk for COVID-19. The FCHD recommends that players, coaches, and families practice self-monitoring for the next 2 weeks. If symptoms occur--including fever, chills, cough, diarrhea, muscle aches, and change in taste- please contact your Primary Care Provider or the FCHD for evaluation and testing.
Floyd County has done an excellent job in its community response to the Coronavirus Pandemic. We are enjoying a slow but steady decline in new cases. However, we require the cooperation and compliance of all Floyd County residents to continue this trend and finish the restrictions to business and play.
Floyd County Health Testing Resumes
June 3 2020
The Floyd County Health Department is now back open for Chlamydia, Gonorrhea, Hepatitis C and FREE HIV Testing. Please call for an appointment. This testing is confidential. For information about testing, please call (812) 948-4726, ext. 489, ext. 658, or ext. 659. The FCHD also provides free condoms, lube, dental dams, and clean works kits at our office, located at 1917 Bono Rd. (Rear parking lot of Floyd Memorial Hospital).
We are also open for TB testing. You will need to call and make an appointment, please call (812) 948-4726, ext. 659
Procedural Mask Program for Gym and Movie Theater Workers
May 21 2020
The Floyd County Health Department (FCHD) is starting a program to issue procedural masks to Gyms and Movie Theater workers. “We are donating the masks to facilitate a safer resumption of service during the start-up for the State.” said Dr. Tom Harris, Floyd County Health Officer. The FCHD is also working with individual establishments to answer questions and address site specific concerns.
Under the Gym and Movie Theater Mask Program, managers will contact the FCHD at 812-948-4726, ext. 661 and arrange pick-up at 1917 Bono Road, New Albany, Indiana. Managers can also present to the FCHD side door on Friday this week from 8:30am-3:45pm, as well as Tuesday (5/26/20) and Wednesday (5/27/20) from 8:30am until 3:00.
Please contact 812-948-4726 extension 661 for further information if you are a Gym or Movie Theater manager.
FCHD Procedural Masks Program for Personal Service Workers
May 13 2020
The Floyd County Health Department (FCHD) is starting a program to issue procedural masks to Personal Service workers. “We are donating the masks to facilitate a safer resumption of service during the start-up for the State.” said Dr. Tom Harris, Floyd County Health Officer. The FCHD is also working with individual establishments to answer questions and address site specific concerns.
Under the Personal Service Mask Program, managers will contact the FCHD at 812-948-4726, ext. 661 and arrange pick-up at 1917 Bono Road, New Albany, Indiana. Managers can also present to the FCHD side door Thursday and Friday this week from 8:30am-3:45pm, as well as Monday (5/18/20) from 8:30am until noon.
Please contact 812-948-4726 extension 661 for further information if you are a Personal Service manager.
Drive-Thru COVID-19 Testing - May 16th
May 13 2020
Floyd County Health Department will be conducting a drive-thru COVID-19 testing at Purdue Technology at 3000 Technology Drive, New Albany on Saturday, May 16th from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m.
This is a drive-thru testing only. We will not accept any walk-ups or bicycles.
Individuals must be symptomatic to be tested with any of the following symptoms: cough, fever, shortness of breath, muscle aches, sore throat, diarrhea, or headache. We will also test those who have been in close contact with a COVID-19 patient OR individuals with underlying health conditions OR individuals age 65 or older, OR essential county employees.
*Must bring Driver’s License or State Issued ID and an insurance card (if you have one).
**PLEASE NOTE: At the first stop, you will be screened for symptoms. FCHD staff will take a picture of your identification/insurance card and will take down your information before you proceed for testing.
Dining Mask Program initiated by the FCHD
May 6 2020
The Floyd County Health Department (FCHD) is starting a program to issue procedural masks to County retail food establishment workers. “We are donating the masks to facilitate a safer resumption of dining during the start-up for the State.” said Dr. Tom Harris, Floyd County Health Officer. The FCHD is also working with individual establishments to answer questions and address site specific concerns.
Under the Dining Mask Program, food and beverage managers will contact the FCHD at 812-948-4726, ext. 660 and arrange pick-up at 1917 Bono Road, New Albany, Indiana. Managers can also present to the FCHD side door Thursday and Friday this week from 8:30am-3:45pm, as well as Monday (5/11/20) from 8:30am until noon.
Please contact 812-948-4726 extension 660 for further information if you are an industry manager.
Guidance for Cleaning and Disinfecting
May 6 2020
These guides are intended for all Americans, whether you own a business, run a school, or want to ensure the cleanliness and safety of your home. Reopening America requires all of us to move forward together by practicing social distancing and other daily habits to reduce our risk of exposure to the virus that causes COVID-19.
State of Indiana Re-Opening Guidelines
May 4 2020
Provided below is the official State document for the upcoming re-opening stages and dates.
Floyd County Health Dept. Announces Isolated Cluster of Cases
April 23 2020
Floyd County Health Department (FCHD) is announcing an isolated cluster of COVID-19 cases at the Providence - A Diversicare Transitional Care Community on Charlestown Road in Floyd County. The facility has tested all consenting patients. There have been over 50 positive tests. Not all of the positive tests are currently symptomatic. Additionally, 13 staff have tested positive for the Novel Coronavirus. There have been five deaths associated with this outbreak. FCHD is identifying this facility due to the number of cases to keep our county informed. FCHD has been involved on-site since the first cases were reported, over three weeks ago. Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH) has also made multiple visits to the site.
The FCHD and the ISDH are continuing to work with Providence in a response to the outbreak. The Health Department has been providing additional Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) as well as in-service training to promote effective use of the PPE. ISDH has also assisted the facility with a Strike Team evaluation and Epidemiological support and analysis.
The facility has responded to input from ISDH and the FCHD with transparency and cooperation. Patients have been moved into areas to facilitate care of positive patients. This is called Cohort Placement. The facility has arranged for extra staff in this area. The facility no longer allows visitors and is screening staff before their shift starts. They reported that they have contacted family members of positive patients. Providence is working to keep patients in their rooms to avoid the spread of disease.
Additionally, they will not be taking new residents for at least the next seven days. The FCHD will continue to monitor and work closely with both Providence and the other nursing homes in our county, as other extended care facilities/nursing homes have reported positive cases.
If additional information is required you can contact the FCHD at (812) 948-4726, or email@example.com.
ER's are safe for non-COVID-19 Patients
April 22 2020
"ER's are safe for non-COVID-19 Patients", says Dr. Kevin Wurst, MD an Emergency Physician who practices in New Albany, Indiana.
Emergency rooms nationwide have seen a sharp reduction in volume since the onset of the pandemic, with some facilities seeing only half of their usual volume. Although social distancing, telemedicine and stay at home orders have been partially responsible, there is increasing evidence and concern that serious medical issues are being neglected as a result of fear of contracting COVID-19 at the hospital.
"We are starting to see patients whose health has been damaged by a delay in seeking Emergency Care," said Dr. Wurst. "People should not be afraid going to the hospital for emergencies and treatment for serious symptoms."
Floyd County Health Officer Tom Harris, MD, also an emergency medical physician, agrees. He emphasized that COVID-19 suspected and confirmed patients are assessed and treated separately. "Our emergency room is masking all patients for safety, and is using triage measures to identify and evaluate people with other significant medical problems." In many ways the Emergency Departments in the area are safer than other venues due to the protective measures in place.
"I know that there is a fear of hospitals right now due to COVID-19, but we do not turn people away." Said Dr. Wurst. He notes that delay in treatment for serious complaints can lead to serious complications, giving the example of a serious heart attack that could have been avoided by earlier treatment.
People should know that it is safe to go to hospital emergency rooms for emergent complaints, and that there are people there with available tests and measures to help you, both physicians agree. No one is being turned away from the ER due to the Pandemic cases.
Patients are encouraged to act promptly with the warning signs of serious illness such a chest pain, passing out, severe shortness of breath, sudden numbness or weakness, acute vision problems or blindness, sudden difficulty in walking, severe headache, or severe bleeding.
For additional information: FCHD 812-948-4726, Dr. Tom Harris firstname.lastname@example.org
Medical Phased Reopening Letter
April 21 2020
The Floyd County Health Department supports the phased re-opening plan promulgated by the Governor. Operations listed in the document below may start at 2359 Sunday, April 26th, 2020. Please continue social distancing measures as well as staff masking and hygiene measures. Scheduling for appointments and procedures on or after April 27th can be done now.
COVID-19 Testing at Floyd Central High School
Baptist Health Research Project
Baptist Health is taking part in a research project involving plasma antibody therapy from people who have had Covid-19. If you have had a documented Covid-19 infection and would like to donate plasma, please contact the individuals listed below.
- Please email Tasha Dotson at Tasha.Dotson@bhsi.com
- Please CC Lindsey Minnick at Lindsey.Minnick@bhsi.com
Possible Covid-19 Exposure (Updated 4-6)
If you visited the following locations, you may have been exposed to COVID-19:
Save a Step
4016 Grantline Rd, New Albany, IN 47150
Dates: 3/30/2020; 3/31/2020: 10am-2pm 4/1/2020: 7am-2pm 4/2/2020: 7am-2pm
Baptist Lab Phlebotomy Station Suite 100
1919 State Street, New Albany IN 47150
Dates: 3/17/2020- 3/18/2020
Spring Valley Funeral Home
1218 E. Spring Street, New Albany IN 47150
Baptist Health Medical Group Family Medicine (Northgate)
3605 Northgate Court, New Albany IN 47150
American Health Network
1919 State Street, Ste 440, New Albany IN 47150
Dates: 3/9/2020, 3/10/2020, 3/13/2020, and 3/16/2020
Endodontics Associates of Southern Indiana
3018 Charlestown Xing, New Albany, IN 47150.
3/20/2020 only (last day person worked)
If you begin to experience symptoms, please contact the Floyd County Health Department at 812-948-4726 or the COVID-19 hotline at 812-981-7610.
Closure Mandate Per Floyd County Health Officer Effective March 23, 2020 9:00 PM
In an effort to slow the spread of the Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19), Dr. Thomas Harris, Floyd County Health Officer, does hereby order a mandate for all non-essential retail services to close walk-in service to the public.
This includes, but may not be limited to: automobile dealers (with exception of services), furniture stores, electronic & appliance stores (with the exception of services), cosmetic stores, personal care stores, salons & barber shops, tattoo parlors, clothing & shoe stores, jewelry stores, sporting goods stores, music shops, book stores, hobby/craft stores, florists, office supply/stationary/gift stores, libraries, fitness centers, karate schools and auctions.
Exemptions to this mandate are as follows: auto & appliance repair services, car rentals, home & garden supply dealers, banks, credit unions & other financial services, grocery & markets, liquor stores, pharmacies, gas stations, supercenters, pet stores, and curbside & carryout food services.
All non-essential retail services shall remain closed, beginning March 23, 2020, 9:00 p.m., until further notification from the Floyd County Health Department.
Thank you for your cooperation and patience. Together we will prevail.
Thomas M. Harris, MD, FACEP
Floyd County Health Officer
Floyd County Retail Food Markets
Shopping Hours for Seniors / Immune Compromised
(LISTED IN ALPHABETICAL ORDER)
Big Lots: 9-10am
Billy Joes: 9-10am
Cash Saver: 9-10am
Dollar General: 8-9am
Family Dollar (8390 State Rd 64 Georgetown): 8-9am
Family Dollar (both NA locations): 9-10am
Gas & Stuff: 9-10am
Jacobi’s Foodmarts: 9-10am
Kroger/Jay-C: Mon-Thurs 7-8am
Meijer: Tues/Thurs 7-8am (Mon/Wed 7-8am for essential personnel)
Rainbow Blossom: Mon-Sat 9-10am, Sun 11a-12pm
Sav-A-Step Foodmarts: 9-10am
Seeds & Greens: 8:45-9:30am
Target: Wed 8-9am
Taylor's Cajun Meat Company: 8-9am
Walgreens: Tues 8-9am
Walmart: Tues 6-7am
Guidance on child cares remaining open/closing in light of COVID-19 pandemic
March 21, 2020
Child care is an essential service. This means that the operations of child care are necessary to continue to support the function of societal operations.
The FC Health Department is announcing a pilot project to test for COVID-19
We will be using a drive-thru format. Initially, the testing will be done in the parking lot of the Floyd County Health Department. This testing will only be done on prescreened patients. If you are currently testing, please continue this practice. Our tests will be run by a non-governmental lab. The intent is to identify and test patients that do not require immediate hospitalization.
The patients will be prescreened by the primary care provider or the Floyd County Health Department. The patient will then be given an arrival time. We are not doing on demand testing; the prescreening process is essential to avoid delays and wasted, unnecessary tests.
On arrival, the patient will have a copy of their government ID and insurance card (if available) made using an electronic device. We will ask them for contact numbers. A swab will be done of the nasopharynx. We will notify the patient of test results. We anticipate the testing process itself will take less than five minutes. The results may take several days to return.
We would like to emphasize that this process will not test people who show up without prescreening. We will not initially be testing walk-ins. Our initial service hours start on the 20th will be 12 p.m. until 3 p.m.
This testing plan is a project in evolution. We will update you on changes in hours, format, and testing procedures. If you have any questions, please contact us at (812) 948-4726, ext. 656
Thomas M. Harris, MD, FACEP
Floyd County Health Officer
Epidemiology Resource Center
For questions concerning COVID-19 please call the Epidemiology Resource Center at 877-826-0011 24/7.
If you think you have met the CDC guidelines for self-monitoring or if you feel like you need to self- quarantine but have questions please call the Floyd County Health Department at 812-981-7610.
If you think you have met the CDC guidelines for exposure to a confirmed case, have attended an event that has had a confirmed case and are starting to show symptoms such as:
The following symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure.
• Shortness of breath
If you think you need to see a doctor please call your medical provider. If you do not have one, call Baptist Health Urgent Care Highlander Point, 800 Highlander Point Dr. #103, Floyd Knobs Indiana, 47119. (812) 923-6336. Please call ahead and let them know that you have concerns with COVID-19 before you show up.
If you have called Ph#877-826-0011 and they have told you need immediate medical attention, call Baptist Health Floyd Emergency Room (812) 948-6742. Once you have arrived call them and they will arrange for you to enter.
Floyd County Mass Notification System
In the event that the county needs to disseminate information to Floyd County Residents regarding Covid-19, we would like to alert Floyd County Residents to sign up for the Floyd County Mass Notification System.
The Mass Notification System is an Emergency Alert System that will alert the residents of Floyd County on weather, imminent threats to health and safety as well as informational notifications that affect your locations or work environments.
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