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.
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The Health Department is pleased to Announce
New Executive Order from Governor Holcomb (Student Quarantines)
As some of you may be aware, Indiana Governor, Eric Holcomb announced a new Executive Order, 21-24, which will change how many students are quarantined. This Order is in effect from 2 September to 30 September 2021. Click on the link below to review this information.
Indiana Dept of Health Data Breach
West Nile Virus identified in Floyd County
Floyd County Health Department has been notified by the Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH) that they have identified fifteen samples of mosquitoes infected with the West Nile Virus (WNV) in Floyd County. The positive mosquito samples were collected the week of August 9th and 16th, 2021 by a representative of the Floyd County Health Department during routine county-wide mosquito sampling. The locations of the positive samples were located in New Albany, IN.
Although Floyd County has had positive mosquito samples for several years, these are the first positive samples for 2021.
Most people who become infected with WNV can experience mild illness such as fever, headache, and body aches before recovering fully. However, in some individuals, especially the elderly and immune compromised, WNV can cause serious illness and even death.
Residents of Floyd County should continue to take precautions to avoid mosquito bites by using DEET and other repellants, wearing protective clothing such as long sleeves and pants, and if possible avoid being outside during dusk and dawn when mosquitoes are most active.
Homeowners should also be aware of their property and correct common sources of mosquito breeding sites including clogged gutters, old tires, failing septic systems, abandoned/ nonfunctional swimming pools, and other water containing items. Homeowners should also be diligent about maintaining overgrown grass, shrubs, and trees that can harbor mosquitoes during the day.
For more information on Floyd County’s West Nile Virus surveillance program or to have a mosquito trap placed at your property, please call 812-948-4726, option 2, option 1 to speak to an Environmentalist or visit our website at www.floydcounty.in.gov.
Per IDOH announcement this morning PCR confirmation testing is no longer required for positive or negative antigen/Binax tests. Exceptions are nursing home or congregate living settings. Also included in the exemption are home tests if negative. These will need a confirmatory professional PCR or antigen test for return to work or school.
T. Harris,MD, FACEP
Indoor Mask Recommendation
Due to continuing increases in infections related to the Delta variant of the COVID-19 virus, the Floyd County Health Department [FCHD] and the Floyd County Health Officer Dr. Tom Harris are strongly encouraging all Floyd County residents to wear a mask indoors in public places for the next month.
Floyd County has seen a marked rise in COVID-19 disease in the last 6 weeks. Currently, our local index is 13.95%, up from 8.29% just a month ago. The incidence per 100,000 population has accelerated to 337, a level not seen since last winter. Over 95% of new cases are the more virulent and infective Delta variant. We have been continued in ORANGE status this week by the Indiana Department of Health; only the RED category is higher. The Center for Disease Control rating for our community is similar. [Floyd county spent much of the early summer in the lower YELLOW category.] Additionally, the FCHD has encountered more people seeking COVID PCR and Antigen tests than earlier this year, in conjunction with reports from Primary Care Providers detailing more COVID related office visits.
The mask recommendation does not apply to outdoor events or venues. Masks may be removed while eating or drinking in public areas. This recommendation does not change school related mask requirements. We continue to support in-school mask requirements.
The FCHD continues to advise all eligible residents to get a vaccination for COVID, not only to protect themselves and their families but to help flatten the sharper curve of community disease caused by the Delta variant. Floyd County has 50.1% of the population fully vaccinated with 54.2% receiving at least 1 dose. 13.7% of our population is currently excluded from immunization due to age under 12. Over 76,000 doses have been given to Floyd County residents since the vaccination program started. The FCHD started giving the third or Booster dose to immunocompromised patients on Monday the 16th. We will also increase vaccine hours to meet the demands of the national Booster program estimated to begin September 20th. This will serve the new recommendation for a third dose 8 months after the completion of the primary series.
This announcement is in agreement with Center for Disease Control updates. It is not a requirement or mandate, and therefore is exempt from County Commissioner interference or voting under SEA 5 related statutes. However, if COVID disease continues to spread in our community despite mitigation measures our next step will be to request formal political approval of a county wide mask mandate to protect the health and safety of our residents. For additional information please contact 812-948-4726.
Thomas M. Harris, MD, FACEP
Floyd County Health Officer
FCHD Policy for COVID Booster Immunizations, Effective 16 August 2021
According to the CDC, people who are eligible for a third dose are:
- People in active cancer treatment; those who have received organ transplants and are taking immunosuppressive therapy;
- People who have received CAR-T cell or blood stem cell transplants;
- People who suffer from moderate or severe primary immunodeficiency (such as those with DiGeorge or Wiskott-Aldrich syndromes);
- People with advanced, untreated, or unknown status HIV infection;
- People taking 20 milligrams or more of prednisone or similar corticosteroid every day, alkylating agents, antimetabolites, transplant-related immunosuppressive drugs, severely immunosuppressive cancer chemotherapeutic agents, TNF blockers, and other biologic agents that are immunosuppressive or immunomodulatory.
Patients should receive a third dose no earlier than 28 days from the completion of the second dose in the series. The patient should, whenever possible, receive the same brand of vaccine, at the standard dose. The Booster policy includes ages 12 and up.
The Johnson and Johnson vaccine is not included in the Booster regimen at this time; neither second dose efficacy or timing have been fully studied. People requesting Booster injections that previously received the J & J immunization will need to be reviewed on a case-by-case basis.
We will start giving Booster doses on 16 August 2021 for walk-in patients, and we will schedule them for the Tuesday clinic and accept them at Pop-ups.
CDC estimates about 3% of the population fits the above criteria; this would suggest a need to provide about 2300 additional vaccine doses to the citizens of Floyd County. We will continue to encourage everyone eligible to get the primary series of COVID immunizations, especially due to the Delta variant.
The CDC and the FDA have not issued guidelines for a general public Booster program, and currently routine use of Booster doses in this population is not recommended. If this policy changes our local procedures will be modified as well.
Thomas M. Harris, MD, FACEP
Floyd County Health Officer
14 August 2021
Floyd County Health Department Executive Order Number 3-2021 Modified
After working with the Floyd County Commissioners, and with regard to the new SEA 5 statute, Executive Order 03 is modified.
The Floyd County Health Officer, Dr. Thomas Harris, MD is continuing to very strongly recommend that school agencies require the use of masks for in-school indoor education for grades K to 6. Masks are very strongly recommended for grades 7 to 12.
With this modification, each school system will be able to decide its course of action. The school systems will then report their decisions to the Health Department. The Floyd County Health Department stands ready to provide assistance and information in this process. The Centers for Disease Control, American Academy of Pediatrics, and the Indiana State Department of Health all strongly support the use of masks for every in-classroom student.
The Delta Variant remains a significant threat to our community. It is 225% more infectious and has 1000 times the viral load of the original COVID-19 strain. At this time vaccine are not approved for children under 12 years old. Research also shows that the elementary age group clearly benefits from in-classroom instruction. Therefore, the public health response for this critical age depends on aggressive masking and mitigation measures to continue the best education modality for them.
This modification is also in accordance with the Governor’s Executive Order 21-19(4), issued 29 July 2021.
Thomas M. Harris, MD, FACEP
Floyd County Health Officer
Mobile Pop Up Vaccine Clinic
Reports of Sick/Dying Birds Across Indiana
-In late May, DNR started receiving reports of sick and dying songbirds from Monroe County with neurological signs, eye swelling, and crusty discharge around the eyes.
-Reports of sick and dying birds now include 53 counties, including: Allen, Bartholomew, Benton, Boone, Brown, Carroll, Cass, Clark, Clinton, Decatur, Delaware, Elkhart, Fayette, Floyd, Gibson, Grant, Greene, Hamilton, Hancock, Harrison, Hendricks, Henry, Howard, Jackson, Jasper, Jefferson, Johnson, Kosciusko, LaGrange, Lake, LaPorte, Lawrence, Madison, Marion, Monroe, Morgan, Newton, Ohio, Orange, Parke, Porter, Pulaski, Putnam, Randolph, Shelby, Starke, St. Joseph, Tippecanoe, Union, Vanderburgh, Warrick, Washington, Whitley.
-The following species are principally affected: blue jay, American robin, common grackle, starling, northern cardinal, brown-headed cowbird.
-DNR staff have collected samples and submitted them to the Indiana Animal Disease Diagnostic Laboratory. Final laboratory diagnostic results are pending – the cause or transmission is currently unknown and still under investigation.
-All birds have tested negative for avian influenza, West Nile virus, and other flaviviruses, Salmonella and Chlamydia (bacterial pathogens), Newcastle disease virus and other paramyxoviruses, herpesviruses and poxviruses, and Trichomonas parasites. Other diagnostic tests are ongoing.
-As the investigation continues, the DNR recommends all Hoosiers remove their birdfeeders, including those for hummingbirds, statewide.
DNR’s Sick or Dead Wildlife Reporting System collects information about wildlife that appear sick or appear to have died without an apparent cause. Occasionally, biologists may use the information to collect samples. Reports may not be immediately reviewed by a biologist. Reports are added to a database that tracks trends over time and helps detect outbreaks.
Back to School Brief
Special Update - People who have had a documented test showing they have antibodies from a previous covid infection do not need to wear a mask.
The State of STD's in the U.S.
Floyd County Health Order Number 1-2021: Restaurant and Bar Restrictions
The outbreak of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to plague our community. Moreover, we are seeing widespread community disease causing increased rates of illness. This week our county status has been changed to RED.
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.
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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