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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.

 

 


 For Frequently Asked Questions, Please Contact the Health Department at:

HEALTHFAQ@FLOYDCOUNTY.IN.GOV


Choose Safer Activities

 

The State of STDs in the United States

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Johnson and Johnson Vaccine Notice

04/13/2021

Effective immediately the Floyd County Health Department has suspended all use of the Johnson and Johnson vaccine,

Any return to use will depend on the findings of the upcoming ACIP, FDA, and CDC reviews. The Carline Vaccination Clinic at IUS is not affected by this decision, as we are currently use Pfizer and Moderna at that venue. For additional information please see https://www.cdc.gov/media/releases/2021/s0413-JJ-vaccine.html.   

T. Harris, MD, FACEP
Floyd County Health Officer


Hoosiers 30+ are now eligible to register for the Covid-19 vaccine

Any Indiana resident age 30 and older is now eligible to schedule a vaccination appointment, as are long-term care residents, first responders (firefighters, police officers and sheriff’s deputies, emergency medical services, reservists and correctional officers) who are regularly called to the scene of an emergency to give medical aid, and licensed and unlicensed healthcare workers who have in-person contact with patients or infectious material in any healthcare setting, and educators.

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Pregnant Women Now Eligible to Receive Covid Vaccine

Pregnant women are now eligible to receive the Covid-19 vaccine and are strongly encouraged to do so.
Remember that K-12 staff and childcare workers are also now eligible to receive the vaccine.

Please register for the #COVID19 vaccine at http://ourshot.in.gov or by calling 211.


Vaccines Now Available for Age 50 and Older

03/3/2021

Any Indiana resident age 50 and older is now eligible to schedule a vaccination appointment, as are long-term care residents, first responders (firefighters, police officers and sheriff’s deputies, emergency medical services, reservists and correctional officers) who are regularly called to the scene of an emergency to give medical aid, and licensed and unlicensed healthcare workers who have in-person contact with patients or infectious material in any healthcare setting.

Visit ourshot.in.gov. to sign up. 


Vaccine Related Announcement

02/23/2021


Back to School Recommendations

02/19/2021

Click here to view our Back to School Recommendations


Floyd County Health Order Number 2-2021: Face Covering Mandate Extension

02/17/2021

The outbreak of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to plague our community. However, we are seeing signs of improvement. For Herd Immunity, we need at least 50% of Floyd County to be vaccinated, about 36,000 individuals. 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 extended to assist in the reduction of COVID-19 transmission, and avoid an increase in new cases.

Click here for full details on the Face Covering Mandate Extension 


CDC Report on Mask Mandates and the Reduction in Covid Hospitalizations

02/05/2021

Click here for more information on mask mandates


Floyd County Health Order Number 1-2021: Restaurant and Bar Restrictions

01/07/2021

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.

Click here for more information on this order


Floyd County Health Order Number 6-2020: Face Covering Mandate Extension

December 30 2020

The outbreak of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to plague our community. However, we are seeing signs of improvement. Over 2300 Tier 1A citizens, mostly Health Care Workers, have been vaccinated so far. For Herd Immunity, we need at least 50% of Floyd County to be vaccinated, about 36,000 individuals. 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 extended to assist in the reduction of COVID-19 transmission, and avoid an increase in new cases.

Click here for more information

 


New CDC Guidelines

December 3 2020

  


 

A Clarification of Christian Academy Situation:

November 20 2020

Dr. Tom Harris met with the principal and school nurse of Christian Academy this week as part of a collaboration effort to synchronize individual school responses to the spike in Covid pandemic cases. To date, the FCHD or Health Officer have not unilaterally mandated any school closures in any system for the 2020-2021 year. Christian Academy clearly WAS NOT ordered to go to virtual learning only as stated in the November 18 email sent at 6:18 pm by Monica Allison and Scott Luttrall. A corrective email has been issued by Christian Academy. Christian Academy was advised that all schools would need a virtual mode when the state designated category turns RED for Floyd County, due to the very widespread disease conditions that will be present under that category. We have not yet been designated RED.

 


 

 


Governor Announces New Executive Order

November 16 2020 

New State of Indiana Executive Order Announced on Friday November 13th


New Color-Coded Covid-19 System

November 13, 2020

The State has implemented a color-coded system to inform residents about the status of Covid-19 in each county and across Indiana. Floyd County is currently listed as Orange on https://www.coronavirus.in.gov/, with us only being in the Yellow category last week. Please continue to be diligent with wearing a mask and social distancing!

 


Covid Testing Update - 4H Fairgrounds

10/29/2020

Due to the increase in amount of people being tested at the 4H- Fairgounds, test results are typically not coming back within 72 hours. Patients will be notified of test results when they become available. 


 

 

Large Event Covid-19 Health Form

10/21/2020

In an effort to stop the community spread of Covid-19, the Floyd County Health Department will now require any event with over 250 guests or patrons to complete an application. Applications should be submitted to the Floyd County Health Department at least 72 hours prior to the event. Events include but are not limited to: weddings, concerts, parties, funerals.

Fill out the form (see link below) and submit to one or both of the following email addresses

If approved, you will receive an approval letter. If unsuccessful, FCHD will discuss your issues and assist in planning.

The completed application and approval letter must be posted at all entrances of the venue for guests to review.

Large Event Application Form

 


  


Floyd County Mask Mandate Extended

10/19/2020

The Floyd County mask mandate has been extended until December 31, 2020. Let's all do our part in keeping Floyd County residents safe!

Click here to review the Mask Mandate Press Release

 


Floyd County Health Order Number 3-2020: Face Covering Mandate Extension

09/25/2020

The outbreak of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to plague our community. However, we are seeing signs of decreasing rates. This week, the Governor has opened up more restrictions and moved to Stage 5. 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 extended to assist in the reduction of COVID-19 transmission, and avoid an increase in new cases.

With this understanding, as the Floyd County Health Officer, I hereby order a facial covering mandate extension, pursuant to Indiana Code 16-20-1 et seq. and 16-41-9 et seq. The order will remain in effect until midnight, 17 October 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. The use of masks by all school-aged children continues to be very strongly recommended.

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 continue to provide a safe environment for all people in Floyd County, whether engaged in work, social, or everyday activities, by extending 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.

“Floyd County has seen improvement in the overall index rates of illness”, notes Health Officer Dr. Tom Harris. “The index has dropped for the last 2 weeks from 8.9 to 5.1. However, the Floyd County Health Department has noted spikes in rates after reopening phases in the past; we hope to mitigate this by continuing the Mask Mandate until at least October 17th.” The index had peaked at 20.9 in mid-April, and had dropped to 1.3 in late June.

 


 

 

 

Mask Mandate Extension

09/10/2020

The outbreak of the novel corona virus ( COVID-19) continues to plague our community. In the last week 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 extended to assist in the reduction of COVID-19 transmission.

With this understanding, as the Floyd County Health Officer, I hereby order a facial covering mandate extension, pursuant to Indiana Code 16-20-1 et seq. and 16-41-9 et seq. The order will remain in effect for an additional 2 weeks, expiring 00:01 (12:01 AM) EDT 25 September 2020. The order may be extended depending on pandemic conditions.

Click here to view Mask Mandate Extension


ISDH funded Covid-19 Testing

09/08/2020

Just a reminder that we are starting our ISDH funded Covid-19 testing at the Floyd County 4H Fairgrounds today. Currently you must be pre-registered to be tested. Once you fill out the required information, you will be assigned a date and time for your test. Please pre-register at https://scheduling.coronavirus.in.gov/Home/LocationSelection.

 Click here to download a Covid-19 Testing Flyer (pdf)

 


 

ISDH Student/Faculty Return to School Guidelines

08/27/2020

The Indiana Department of Health is updating current guidance when a student or faculty/staff member can return to school due to COVID-19. This response requires being nimble to changing guidelines and recommendations, and more updates are expected in the future. The state health department greatly appreciates your understanding and vigilance.

Covid-19 Back to School Guidelines Introduction

Covid-19 School Guidelines

 


Return to School Decision Tool:

8/12/2020

Below is a guidance tool from ISDH that Floyd County will be using as students and staff begin to return to school this week.

 


Covid-19 Information Resources

 

8/3/2020

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.   

https:///www.Medscape.com 

https://www.e-medicine.com/ 

http://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html 

https://www.coronavirus.in.gov/

 


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

 


 

Pandemic EBT - Frequently Asked Questions

Pandemic EBT - Frequently Asked Questions - Spanish Version 

 

 


 

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.

 


 


 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. 

 


 

 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.
• Fever
• Cough
• 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.

Click here to register for the Floyd County Mass Notification System

 


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