Today is a busy day at the Hamilton County 4-H Fairgrounds in Noblesville.
All of the postponed COVID-19 vaccine appointments on Tuesday were rescheduled for today, due to inclement weather. Hamilton County government offices were closed on Tuesday due to the winter snow storm.
Originally set up at the Hamilton County 4-H Fairgrounds’ Annex Building in Noblesville, the Hamilton County Health Department’s COVID-19 vaccine clinic moved to the Fairgrounds’ Exhibition Center at the first of this month to allow for more space.
The Exhibition Center site has about 240 vaccine appointments each day.
As of Friday, the county health department vaccination clinic had administered about 5,500 vaccinations total.
Overall in Hamilton County, the Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH) has reported 31,551 positive COVID-19 cases, 377 deaths and 175,128 tested, as of Friday.
The county was originally allotted 800 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine per week but that number was expected to double by this week. The Exhibition Center offers six times the space of the Annex Building and allows the Health Department to accommodate up to 3,600 doses per week, according to the county health department.
“Hamilton County as a whole, has 17 vaccination sites, has provided over 50,000 first doses of COVID-19 vaccine, and approximately 25,000 residents are fully vaccinated,” Christian Walker, the county health department’s spokesperson, said Friday.
“We’re turning this ship around Hamilton County! We vaccinated an additional 5,000 people in our county this week and only reported 340 new positive COVID-19 cases,” the health department’s Facebook page posted at 2:15 p.m. Friday.
With the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention recently suggesting that people double up their masks, it’s important that people are wearing snug masks and those with several layers, even double masking, a cloth mask over a single-use mask, the CDC has recommended.
According to the State Department of Health, an estimated 51,000 Hoosiers living with certain health conditions that could put them at an increased risk for hospitalization or death if infected with COVID-19 will soon be eligible for the vaccine. These health risks include those receiving dialysis, those with sickle cell disease, those who have received a solid organ transplant, those with Down syndrome or those living with cancer or who have undergone cancer treatment in the past three months, according to the State.
On Wednesday, it was announced that winter storms were delaying shipment of the COVID vaccine to Indiana. As the vaccine is available, vaccines will be offered to ages 60 and older, then ages to 50 and older. On Wednesday, Hamilton County's COVID-19 Advisory Level had been lowered to yellow, with fewer restrictions under Gov. Eric Holcomb’s executive order.
The CDC released a statement that says those who have been fully vaccinated, with two vaccines, are no longer required to quarantine following an exposure to someone with COVID-19, as long as they are asymptomatic. Another statement reports that pets can also be susceptible to COVID-19, therefore don’t snuggle with your pets if you’re sick.
For a COVID-19 vaccine appointment, visit www.ourshot.in.gov. Individuals can also call 2-1-1, AARP, or call the Hamilton East (Noblesville or Fishers), Hamilton North, Carmel Clay, Sheridan or Westfield public libraries for registration support.
Hamilton County Health Department on Friday announced marking the one-year anniversary of COVID-19 with a Night of Reflection on March 13. County and city leaders will light luminarias in downtown Noblesville to honor the nearly 400 residents who have lost their lives to the virus. The community can watch the ceremony virtually on Hamilton County Television and show support by placing a battery-operated candle in your window at 7 p.m. March 13.
Also, according to the health department, February is Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month. Parents can teach their children how to spot the signs and teach their children what healthy relationships look like, from this link from the CDD, https://go.usa.gov/xAhpv.

-Contact Betsy Reason at betsy@thetimes24-7.com.