Health Department

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Vigo County Health Department

147 Oak Street

Phone:  812-462-3428

Monday - Friday 8:00 am - 4:00 pm, closed on holidays

IN THE CASE OF AN AFTER-HOURS PUBLIC HEALTH EMERGENCY

PLEASE CALL 812-232-3801 OR 812-232-3802.

 IF YOU NEED ASSISTANCE FROM THE VIGO COUNTY HEALTH DEPARTMENT PLEASE CONTACT US BY PHONE 812-462-3428

CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19)

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: APRIL 2, 2020

GOVERNOR'S DIRECTIVE  

Gov. Holcomb Announces More Steps to Slow the Spread of COVID-19

 In a continuing effort to slow the spread of novel coronavirus (COVID-19), Governor Eric J. Holcomb has announced additional efforts. 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. This goes into effect on March 17, 2020. Any questions can be answered by our environmentalist.

 

Current Vigo County Surveillance:  

General

Total Confirmed Cases in Vigo County:9

Total Active Cases in Vigo County: 7

Total Recovered Cases in Vigo County: 0

Total Deaths in Vigo County: 2

Confirmed cases included presumptive positive cases

Active cases= total confirmed-total recovered-total deaths

Hospitals:  

Regional Hospital:

UNIVERSAL MASKING IMPLEMENTED AT TERRE HAUTE REGIONAL HOSPITAL

 

TERRE HAUTE, IND. —Mar. 31, 2020– Terre Haute Regional Hospital announced today that all staff and providers in all patient care areas will now wear masks, expanding their use beyond suspected or positive COVID cases.

Masks will be optional only for staff in non-patient care areas who can consistently maintain social distancing of at least 6 feet aside from brief interactions with colleagues.

“Our top priority is protecting our patients, clinicians, nurses, and colleagues so we can best serve our communities through the duration of this pandemic,” said Nathan Vooys, Chief Executive Officer. “These new guidelines apply to all areas of our patient care facilities, not just those where suspected COVID or COVID-positive patients are being treated.”

We are taking this step now because of evidence we see that, while social distancing is a key strategy for interrupting the spread of coronavirus, it is difficult to maintain in the busy patient care environment.  Also, our latest analysis of our ability to meet the demand for additional use of masks gives us confidence that our colleagues in supply chain are prepared to address our needs. Even though HCA Healthcare currently has adequate supplies of personal protective equipment, we will continue to take steps to conserve PPE, including reuse and reprocessing of PPE where appropriate.

We are now deploying three types of masks, depending on the clinical role, the type of care the patient is receiving, and the level of suspicion for infection with COVID.

o    Level I “procedure” masks for all staff not needing higher levels of protection.

o    Level 3 masks for additional protection from fluids and droplets, and for use by staff caring directly for suspected COVID or COVID positive patients, except when performing aerosolized procedures.

o    N-95 respirators for staff caring for suspected COVID or COVID positive patients, and are the only mask that should be used  during  aerosolizing procedures, such as intubation, nebulization, bronchoscopy, or suctioning.

This enhanced protocol follows the addition of daily temperature screening for employees, medical staff and vendors that began earlier this week.

As this crisis evolves, HCA Healthcare will continue to evolve to meet the challenges.  Since January, we have been continually monitoring PPE usage, carefully analyzing and implementing the guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Food and Drug Administration for best PPE practices. Our supply chain has continually worked with our epidemiologists and data scientists to track usage and anticipated demand so we can allocate our stocks appropriately, even as it works around the clock to safeguard existing supplies and secure additional shipments. We have appointed PPE czars in each of our facilities to manage supplies in the face of oncoming surges.

“We know that all our employees are making sacrifices in this extraordinary time,” Vooys said. “We thank you for your continued efforts and commitment to our patients”.

 

Union Health: 

We have tested 185 patients with 68 negative results and 10 positive.

 The COVID-19 Hotline (812.238.4871) remains open to answer your questions/concerns. Hours of operations are 7 a.m. – 7 p.m., Monday through Friday.

Union Health will begin suspending all non-urgent elective surgeries and procedures starting March 18 through the end of April. This includes Union Hospital, Union Hospital Clinton and the Wabash Valley Surgery Center. The mission is to decrease the exposure of the COVID-19 virus to its patients and staff, as well as preserve vital resources to combat the global pandemic. The suspension is in conjunction as a directive from Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb.

Effective Monday, March 16: visitation will not be permitted with the following exceptions:

  • Emergency Department - 1 visitor only
  • Inpatient Surgery (day of surgery only) - 1 visitor only
  • Outpatient Surgery - 1 visitor only
  • Outpatient Testing - 1 visitor only
  • Neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) - 2 visitors (parents)
  • OB/Labor Room - 1 visitor only
  • Pediatrics - 1 parent only 

     Higher Education: 

                                                                       

    Indiana State University: Indiana State University’s latest information for campus and the public is on a web page: www.indstate.edu/covid-19.

    Rose Hulman: Rose-Hulman’s latest update can be found at https://www.rose-hulman.edu/about-us/community-and-public-services/health/index.html.

    This update includes moving spring break to this next week, the transition to online courses after spring break, domestic non-essential travel restrictions, cancelation of large campus events, and more.

    Saint Mary of the Woods: https://www.smwc.edu/offices-resources/offices/health-services-clinic/covid-19/

    VCSC

    Dear Vigo County School Corporation community:

    Following the governor’s message asking Hoosiers to stay at home for two weeks, I am certain that parents and students expect that my remarks regarding the school district’s approach to this unprecedented situation are candid and to the point.  I deliver these comments with the best information I have to date and with the understanding that there is very little precedent in this matter.  

    To our parents and students, we are preparing for school to resume on May 1. In the event that it does not, preparations are also being made to extend remote learning until May 27, our scheduled last day of school. To our seniors: know that we are committed to working with the state of Indiana to make sure every student who was on track to graduate can still fulfill that dream. We will hold graduation exercises for the Class of 2020. When we have updates, we will communicate them. 

    The Vigo County School Corporation will continue to provide grab and go meals at all of our current locations, and we will keep our map updated at tinyurl.com/teamvigofood. Our foremost task is to help feed our children. This decision has been made in conjunction with our local health department.

    We are shutting down MySchoolBucks payments for lunch accounts only, so you do not make payments automatically.

    On Monday, April 6, the Vigo County School Corporation will officially begin remote learning. Remote learning will take place on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays every week from April 6 until May 1. We know that families have many responsibilities at this time, and we hope that using remote learning on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays will provide balance to you and our community and to you during this prolonged closure.

    Packets were sent home for grades K-8. Closer to April 6, vigoschools.org will have information about remote learning in the event those packets were misplaced. Teachers will also be in touch with individual students closer to April 6. These packets will last students until May 1.

    High school teachers communicated instructions to their classes for continuing courses remotely. 

    Although you can email your teacher at any time, teachers will maintain the following online office hours: noon - 3 p.m. on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays during remote learning and 6:30 – 8 p.m. on Tuesdays during remote learning.  

    If a student is unable to connect with their teacher, please email the school’s principal. 

    It is important as we move to remote learning that families update their contact information in Skyward. We have instructions for doing so on vigoschools.org.

    We the teachers and staff of the Vigo County School Corporation are, I know, ready and willing to move forward in remote education.  This we also pledge - that the larger purposes of health and safety are our first goal, followed by providing a meaningful educational experience in this unprecedented time.  It is to be hoped that the normal way of life will return soon but until then the Vigo County School Corporation is prepared to go the extra mile for our students in this time of crisis.

    Sincerely,

     

    Dr. Rob Haworth

    Superintendent


    Government:

    Vigo County Commissioners: Vigo County Commissioners have restricted public access to the Annex.  All departments within the annex are available by phone or email.  Contact information can be found at VigoCounty.In.Gov 

    The Courthouse, Jail, Juvenile Center and Community Corrections have established rules specific to their needs.  It is recommended that you call those facilities before attempting to visit.

     

    Vigo EMA: Vigo EMA continues to monitor current COVID 19 status and meet with Community and Response Partners. EMA will provide liaison relationship with State and Federal Agencies.

     

    Vigo County Sheriff: Effective March 19, 2020, the Vigo County Sheriff’s Office is asking for the public to limit access to our facility until further notice. If you have urgent business, the office area will remain open during normal business hours.  The below changes are being put into place to better protect our staff and the community. 
     
    Copies of accident reports – We are asking you go to buycrash.com to purchase an accident report.

    Copies of incident/case reports – Email reports@vigosheriff.in.gov to request a copy of incident report.  Email shall contain your name, date of incident, and case/incident number being requested.  Case number should be similar to “2020VCSO-00355”.

    Property releases – We will not be releasing general property from evidence without a court order.  You may call 812-462-3226 and ask for property release officer if you have questions.

    Making a general/non-emergent report – If a report can be made by phone, we encourage you to call 812-232-3801.  This does not apply to emergent situations, personal injury related calls, etc.

    Tax Warrants – Effective immediately all tax warrants need to be paid online (govpaynet.com) or by mail:
    Vigo County Sheriff’s Office
    201 Cherry St,
    Terre Haute, In 47807
     

    If you are wanting other forms of documentation/paperwork, we would respectfully ask for you to delay obtaining the documentation at the Sheriff’s Office, unless it is of immediate or urgent nature. 
     
    ***These requests/changes will not affect or limit our patrol efforts or responses to 911 calls.***  Our men and women will continue their service on the front lines, serving and protecting our community, and investigating crimes.
     
    John Plasse
    Vigo County Sheriff
     

     

    Chamber Of Commerce:

    The Chamber is currently working to serve the business community and general public as a place for up-to-date information and answers to FAQ. We have two web pages to direct you to view. The biggest is our Business Resources Guide. https://www.terrehautechamber.com/business-services/covid-19/ This can also be accessed via our homepage. We also have a Local Restaurant Guide https://www.terrehautechamber.com/local-restaurant-guide-during-covid-19/ for restaurants that are still operating on new regulations. 

    The ISDH call center for healthcare providers and members of the public who have concerns about COVID-19 is now staffed from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. at 317-233-7125. After-hours calls should be directed to 317-233-1325 and will be answered by an on-call epidemiologist

    Click headers below for more information

    PROTECTING YOUR FAMILY DURING THE COVID-19

    HOMELAND SECURITY PRESS RELEASE

    RESOURCES FOR THE HOMEBOUND AND/OR ILL IN OUR COMMUNITY

    SMALL BUSINESS NEWS RELEASE

    ISDH Dashboard 

    CDC Facts

    Global Cases

    Guidance for Business and Employees

    CDC Webinar 

    View Past Briefings 

    Facebook Page


    Vital Statistics

    Vital Statistics records all birth and deaths occurring in Vigo County.  Persons may apply for a birth or death certificate with this office.

    • 171 Oak Street
    • Phone: 812-462-3442
    • Application hours:  8:15 am - 3:45 pm
     

    Health Clinic 

    The Health Clinic offers vaccinations, TB testing, work and school physicals.

    • 696 S 1st Street, doors are on the West side of the Annex Building
    • Phone:  812-462-3431
    •  Open 8:15 am - 3:45 pm except for the second Tuesday of every month for evening clinics.
    • Evening Clinic hours are 12 (noon) - 7:00 pm.  By appointment only
    • CLOSED DAILY FROM 12:00 - 1:00 for lunch.

    Environmental Health

    The Environmental Health Division is focused on the prevention of injury and disease by controlling the links between humans and their environment. Our programs seek to minimize or eliminate risk factors in the human environment that may threaten life and overall health.

    • 147 Oak Street
    • Phone:  812-462-3281
    • Open 8:00 am - 4:00 pm

    Vector Control

    The primary goal of the Vector Control Division is to reduce the risk of disease and death from pathogens carried by animals and/or vectors.
    • 1241 7th Avenue
    • Phone:  812-234-9181
    • Open 8:00 am - 4:00 pm

    Health Education

    Health education is a process that involves informing the public about achieving and maintaining quality health, instilling quality health habits, and providing the community with the necessary tools to make educated decisions regarding their own lifestyle and health. 

     

    Click here for more information on health topics, updates, and tips.

    Board Of Health

    Jeff Depasse, jdepasse@ma.rr.com  2020 Board President

    Brian Garcia,  briangarcia09@gmail.com  2020 Vice President

    James Turner, D.O.  jturner@uhhg.org

    Jared Farnsworth,  jfarnswo@gmail.com

    Custodio Lim, M.D. tedlim5253@yahoo.com 

    Brian Ross, O.D. Brian.ross@myeyedr.com

    Amber Cadick, PHD Ambercadick@hotmail.com 

    Contact Us

    Vigo County Annex Building
    147 Oak St
    Terre Haute, IN 47807

    • Phone: (812) 462-3428
    • Staff Directory
    • Office Hours:
      Monday through Friday 8:00am - 4:00pm.

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