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The Centers for Disease Control & Prevention say there is "no evidence that COVID-19 can be spread to humans through the use of pools, hot tubs, or water playgrounds." Most believe proper operation, maintenance, and disinfection should inactivate the virus, but given that the virus is a new one, experts cannot say with absolute certainty that it will be safe. Erring on the side of caution, Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb has ordered all indoor pools closed. We must wait for the State of Indiana to give us additional direction on outdoor pools as it begins to warm up.
Currently, our county hospitals are in good shape to handle a wide variety of ill patients. Remember, that COVID-19 is only one disease that is stressing our health care providers. Influenza is still a concern as well as many other serious illnesses and accidents. However, as we have seen in other parts of the country, this can change rather quickly with a surge in COVID-19 patients.
The Centers for Disease Control now recommends everyone wear a cloth face cover when they have to go out in public. The cover is meant to protect other people in case YOU are infected. Please remember the face cover is NOT a substitute for social distancing. Please stay at least six feet from other people. Click here for directions on how to make your own. https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/downloads/DIY-cloth-face-covering-instructions.pdf
We strongly discourage play dates with anyone outside your immediate family. When children are playing, it is hard to enforce social distance between them. Plus, many kids still haven’t mastered the etiquette of coughing, sneezing, and washing their hands regularly. While children seem to be less likely to get sick from COVID-19, distancing them from one another reduces the chances of transmitting the virus to older members of their families. We still encourage families to continue to spend time together outdoors. Parents should also try to help their children reach out to friends by phone, text or email.
The Hamilton County Health Department no longer has jurisdiction in the City of Fishers per Indiana Code 16-20-4-4. The Fishers City Council established a health department on Friday, April 24th which precludes the County Health Board and the board’s officers from providing services to the citizens of Fishers. Any questions about COVID-19, as well as other health-related issues like mosquito control, restaurant inspections, and pool inspections, should be sent to the Fishers Health Department. They can be reached at (317) 567-5045 or email@example.com.
People with COVID-19 who have home isolated, but did NOT have a test to determine if they’re still contagious, can leave home when they have been fever-free for at least 72 hours without the use of fever reducing medicine - AND - other symptoms have improved - AND - its been at least 10 days since their symptoms first appeared.
Those being tested to determine if they’re still contagious, must receive TWO negative tests in a row, at least 24 hours apart, as well as be symptom and fever free.
Refer to https://www.hamiltoncounty.in.gov/1595/ for information about Covid testing.
Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus. Common symptoms have long included fever, cough, and shortness of breath, but the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention now says symptoms may include chills, repeated shaking with chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat and new loss of taste or smell. Other less common symptoms include nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea. Children have similar, but far minor symptoms than adults.
The emerging syndrome is now being called “Pediatric Multi-System Inflammatory Syndrome Potentially Associated with COVID-19.” Symptoms include a persistent fever, inflammation, and poor function in one or more organs. The syndrome mimics features of both toxic shock syndrome and incomplete Kawasaki disease. Not every child who presents with the syndrome tests positive for COVID-19, but experts believe there is a connection. To date, cases in the United States have been mainly in East Coast cities. Although rare, experts say most children affected have done well. The cause is still a mystery.
Yes, violations of the Executive Order relating to food services could be violations under the Retail Food Code 410 IAC 7-24-116. The regulatory authority may temporarily impose specific requirements in addition to the requirements contained in this rule. If an imminent health hazard exists because of an emergency condition that may endanger public health, a ceasing of operations may be ordered under s410 IAC 7-24-109.
Our health educators have tremendous relationships with all the school districts in Hamilton County. They are currently working around the clock to review and refine each district’s back to school plans. Unfortunately, their plans are only as good as what we currently know, so we ask parents and teachers to be as patient and flexible as they can. What might work today, could need to be tweaked tomorrow. As we get closer to the start of school, and even once school starts, we may need to further adjust plans.
The Health Department strongly recommends having your children immunized before the start of school. We are currently taking appointments three days a week for children 18 years and younger. Please call our office at (317) 776-8500 to schedule an appointment. Or click here for more information. https://www.hamiltoncounty.in.gov/278/Immunization-Information
NO. Your facility may operate with the number of guests you are able to serve while providing a minimum of 6’ of spacing (social distance) between one party and an adjacent party.
NO. Guidance provided from the Indiana Department of Health (IDOH) has stated this is not a safe or effective means to provide social distance.
YES, until they are seated and drinking or eating. Face coverings should be worn when moving throughout the establishment (ex. when going to the restroom).
Click here for a complete list of those currently eligible. https://www.coronavirus.in.gov/files/Eligibility%201.5.21.pdf
Visit www.ourshot.in.gov to reserve an appointment. You can also call 2-1-1 to register or arrange for transportation. Caregivers with a loved one who is 80 or older, can register on their behalf.
No. We cannot guarantee what vaccine we will have available on any given day and cannot honor requests.
No. None of the COVID-19 vaccines contain the live virus so a vaccine cannot make you sick with COVID-19. You may have some side effects however. This is a normal sign that your body is building protection. Side effects may feel like flu and might even affect your ability to daily activities, but they should go away in a few days.
Pfizer’s coronavirus vaccine is authorized for use in people 16 and older. Moderna’s is designated for people 18 and older. Both companies will begin pediatric clinical trials soon. It’s unlikely however that a vaccine for kids will be available until fall.
The State Health Department is looking for people willing to help with the administration of the COVID-19 vaccine. If you’re interested in helping, please submit your information on this form. https://redcap.uits.iu.edu/surveys/?s=EPC3YRFXJ3
The State Department of Health has worked with partners from across the state to develop a vaccination plan. There are currently five Vaccine Advisory Groups including: the Vaccine Allocation Plan Development Advisory Group, the Ethical Considerations Advisory Group, the Vaccine Review Advisory Group, the Equitable Distribution and Communication Advisory Group, and the Data Advisory Group. Learn more at www.ourshot.in.gov.
Studies have not been completed on pregnant women, nursing moms, kids under 16 years of age, and people on immunosuppressant medication. Please check with your healthcare provider if you fall into one of these categories.
After you receive your vaccine, you will receive a vaccine record card and will be asked to stay at the clinic for 15 minutes for observation. A nurse will check in with you to make sure you’re not exhibiting any signs of an allergic reaction. That is also a good time to schedule an appointment for your second dose.