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Delaware County Weekly COVID-19 Update, September 22

Editor’s Note: The following COVID-19 update is brought to you through a collaboration of healthcare partners including Delaware County Health Department, Delaware County Emergency Management Agency, Delaware County Office of Information, and other major healthcare providers.  Muncie, IN—As of Sept. 13, the Indiana State Department of Health indicates that Delaware County is one of two counties currently ranked “orange” on the ISDH metrics for COVID-19 map. The map assigns a color to each county based on weekly cases and 7-day positivity…

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Muncie Physician Elected President of Indiana State Medical Association

By Erin Erwin— Muncie, IN—Dr. Roberto Darroca has been elected president of the Indiana State Medical Association. The Indiana State Medical Association (ISMA) is a federation of county and district medical societies across Indiana. Since its start in 1849, ISMA has provided continuing medical education to physicians about scientific and clinical developments in medicine. With more than 8,500 members, ISMA is dedicated to helping physicians provide the best possible healthcare for their patients. “It’s an honor to have the confidence…


Delaware County Weekly COVID-19 Update, Sept 15th

Editor’s note: The following COVID-19 update is brought to you through a collaboration of healthcare partners including Delaware County Health Department, Delaware County Emergency Management Agency, Delaware County Office of Information, and other major healthcare providers. Muncie, IN—Delaware County continues to exhibit high positive testing rates for COVID-19. As of print, the county’s 7-day positivity rate is at 10.3%, according to the Indiana State Department of Health; the CDC suggests this number should be well under 5%. Since Sept. 4,…


Delaware County Weekly COVID-19 Updates, September 8th

Editor’s Note: The following COVID-19 update is brought to you through a collaboration of healthcare partners including the Delaware County Health Department, Delaware County Emergency Management Agency, Delaware County Office of Information, and other major healthcare providers.  According to the Indiana State Department of Health, Delaware County is currently considered to have “moderate to high community spread” of COVID-19. ISDH is scoring each county on new cases, positivity rate and change in positivity rate. Counties are given a score of 0-3,…


Indiana University Health Ball Memorial Hospital Earns LGBTQ Healthcare Equality Leader Designation for 9th Consecutive Year

By Courtney Thomas— Muncie hospital is one of only 4 hospitals statewide and 495 healthcare providers nationwide to earn the LGBTQ Healthcare Equality Leader designation Muncie, IN– IU Health Ball Memorial Hospital announced that it has achieved LGBTQ Healthcare Equality Leader designation from the Human Rights Campaign Foundation (HRC) for the ninth consecutive year. IU Health Ball was the first hospital in Indiana to earn the LGBTQ Healthcare Equality Leader designation in 2012. The designation was awarded in the 13th…


Delaware County Weekly COVID-19 Updates, September 1

Editor’s note: The following COVID-19 update is brought to you through a collaboration of healthcare partners including Delaware County Health Department, Delaware County Emergency Management Agency, Delaware County Office of Information, and other major healthcare providers. Muncie, IN—Last week (Aug. 19–26), Delaware County dropped to a 3.8% positive testing rate for COVID-19. This rate is considerably lower than the previous two weeks, which had ranged from 6.2–8.2%. The CDC recommends positive testing rates should be well under 5% for at…


Meridian and WLBC To Host Virtual Fundraiser For Maternal Treatment Program on Sept 3rd

By Scott Smalstig— Muncie, IN—Join Meridian Health Services and 104.1 HD1 WLBC the evening of Thursday, September 3 for a unique, virtual Rialzo-style fundraiser, celebrating Meridian’s Maternal Treatment Program, which serves addicted mothers and their newborn babies. The program provides specialized care and support for drug-addicted mothers and their babies born suffering from withdrawal. Meridian’s goal is to reduce substance use, abuse and addiction among mothers and pregnant women while keeping these mothers close to their babies as they are…


Bureau of Water Quality to Start Testing Wastewater for Covid-19

By Rick Conrad— Muncie, IN—The Muncie Sanitary District’s Bureau of Water Quality (BWQ) recently began participating in a project designed to help aid the community’s response to Covid-19. Sampling for the presence of coronavirus in wastewaters has emerged as a powerful tool for the early detection of outbreaks. One of the greatest challenges in controlling the spread of this virus has been the lag time between when an infected person becomes contagious versus when they become aware they are infected. With…


Delaware County Weekly COVID-19 Update: August 25th

Editor’s note: The following COVID-19 update is brought to you through a collaboration of healthcare partners including the Delaware County Health Department, Delaware County Emergency Management Agency, Delaware County Office of Information, and other major healthcare providers. Cases and Deaths Last week (Aug. 14–21), Delaware County reported 81 new positive cases of COVID-19 and 2 new deaths, bringing Delaware County’s total numbers to 862 positive cases and 53 deaths since March 2020. While deaths went up (compared with 0 deaths…


Delaware County Weekly COVID-19 Updates

Editor’s note: The following COVID-19 update is brought to you through a collaboration of healthcare partners including the Delaware County Health Department, Delaware County Emergency Management Agency, Delaware County Office of Information, and other major healthcare providers. Cases and Deaths Delaware County is experiencing a considerably high rate of positive COVID-19 tests. Last week’s tests (August 5–12) resulted in an 8.2% positive testing rate; the CDC suggests that this number should be well under 5%. As of Friday, August 14,…