Protecting Yourself in a continuing time of COVID-19
From its original appearance in 2020 to current variants, the COVID-19 virus has proven itself to be one of the most infectious viruses in recent American history.
How serious is this? In Indiana more than one million Hoosiers have been infected with COVID-19. Many have had to be hospitalized and more than 20,000 people in Indiana have died from the virus. That’s the equivalent of totally losing a city with a population like Seymour, Huntington or Jasper. All in less than two years.
Free at-home COVID-19 testing kits are now available! Order yours now (four free tests) by going online: https://www.covidtests.gov/
The best defense from COVID-19? Get vaccinated with one of the approved vaccines. The vast majority of Hoosiers who have had to be hospitalized with severe symptoms of COVID-19 were not vaccinated.
The good news is that millions of Hoosiers have taken this advice.
If you’re not vaccinated, go online to https://ourshot.in.gov and register. Or call 2-1-1.
Here’s an important point: some breakthrough cases of COVID-19 among vaccinated people do happen, but the severity is generally much milder. Hospitalization is much lower among vaccinated people.
The point? Personal precautions are still advised. They can be disruptive, but they offer important protection.
The COVID-19 virus most typically spreads through tiny droplets from the nose or mouth. When someone with the virus coughs, sneezes, talks or even sings, virus-laden droplets can spread.
SICHC Covid Vaccinations
Our vaccine clinic is available in Orange county at our Southern Indiana Community Health Care Paoli location. Please call ahead to make an appointment.
SICHC Comprehensive Health Care
Phone: (812) 723-3944
Hours: Monday through Friday – 9:00 AM to 4:30 PM
Address: 420 West Longest Street, Paoli IN, 47454-8821
If transportation is an issue, try these resources or call your medical insurance provider for more information:
• Orange County Transit – (812) 723-4043 or (888) 826-2920
• Blue River Services (Transportation) (Crawford, Harrison, Scott and Washington Counties) – (812) 738-1681
• The American Public Transportation Association
• Community Transportation Association of America
• INDOT (Indiana Department of Transportation)
Keep up-to-date with Facebook
Please follow the SICHC Facebook page for current updates and information. For additional details, check out these Facebook groups:
• Crawford County – Facebook Covid Connector Group
• Orange County – Facebook Orange County IND COVID-19 Support Network
More Questions – Read our Frequently Asked Questions here.
SICHC Covid Testing
Get quality Covid-19 testing at our four main SICHC locations during working hours.
• Call for an appointment — Click here for locations and phone numbers.
• Drive-up* or Office Walk-in options are available.
• All tests are sent to, and processed through, Labcorp.
• Labcorp test results are more accurate than rapid response test results.
• Test results can take from one to three days to report.
How does it work?
Testing will be a self administered swab test – See Instructions.
When should you get tested for Covid-19?
When you are exposed to someone with a confirmed case, or you suspect you’ve been exposed, you’ll need to wait for the virus to incubate (three-to-five days) before taking a Covid-19 test. Prior to that could result in a negative test result, even if you’ve been infected. Three-to-five days is also about the time symptoms take to develop as well. Though the CDC notes the incubation period could be anywhere from 2 to 14 days.
In both instances of exposure, please self isolate from others at home and follow social distancing protocols. Detailed information can be found at the CDC website here.
Here are other Indiana testing locations.