Indiana COVID-19 Updates Sunday, February 20, 2022
Indiana COVID-19 Updates Sunday, February 20, 2022

Indiana COVID-19 Updates Sunday, February 20, 2022

The latest updates on the coronavirus pandemic for Sunday, February 20, 2022.

INDIANAPOLIS – Here’s Sunday’s latest updates on coronavirus pandemic, including the latest news on COVID-19 vaccinations and testing in Indiana.

Registrations for the vaccine is now open to Hoosiers 5 and older through Indiana State Department of Health. This story will be updated throughout the day with more news about the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Queen Elizabeth II tests positive for COVID; mild symptoms

Buckingham Palace said Queen Elizabeth II has tested positive for COVID-19 and is experiencing mild, cold-like symptoms. The palace said on Sunday that the 95-year-old British monarch will continue with light duties. The palace says, “she will continue to receive medical care and will follow all the relevant guidelines.”

The queen has received three jabs of coronavirus vaccine. Both her eldest son Prince Charles and daughter-in-law Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, have also recently received COVID-19.

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Latest American, world numbers

There have been more than 78.46 million confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the US since Sunday at. according to Johns Hopkins University. More than 935,050 deaths have been recorded in the United States

Worldwide, there have been more than 423.32 million confirmed coronavirus cases with more than 5.88 million deaths and more than 10.34 billion administered vaccine doses.

For most people, coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms. For some, especially older adults and people with pre-existing health problems, it can cause more serious illness such as pneumonia or death.

IDOH changes school guidelines from Wednesday

The Indiana Department of Health is making changes to its COVID-19 guidelines for elementary schools and child care programs.

IDOH said the changes are being made to reflect the declining cases across the state.

The following will take effect on Wednesday, February 23:

  • Schools will no longer be required to conduct contact tracing or report positive cases to IDOH.
  • Schools should no longer quarantine students who are exposed to a positive COVID-19 case, regardless of vaccination status or whether the school needs masks.
  • People who test positive for COVID-19 should isolate themselves for five days and can return on day 6 if they have been fever-free for 24 hours without the use of medication, as long as the symptoms improve, according to guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Individuals should wear a mask through day 10 whenever they are around others in their home or in public.

“While [the changes] do not remove the need for continued vigilance, they will ease the reporting burden on some schools and help ensure that children can stay in school, “said State Health Commissioner Kris Box, MD, FACOG, in a press release.

IDOH said schools should continue to notify local health departments in the event of an outbreak and are encouraged to continue sharing information with families once a case is identified so parents can monitor their children for symptoms.

Following the announcement, Greenfield-Central Schools announced they would follow the new guidance and would also drop the district’s mask mandate, with effect from February 22, when classes resume after the president’s day-weekend.

The schools of Noblesville, Carmel Clay are withdrawing the mask mandate in the midst of a declining number

Another central Indiana school district has chosen to roll back its mask mandate due to a drop in quarantines and positive cases throughout the district.

In a message to families, Noblesville Schools said it would move to masking optional at all schools from Tuesday, February 22nd.

The district said it will continue to follow quarantine requirements, keep an eye on the district’s COVID data and make adjustments to its protocols as needed. All this will be done in an effort to keep the schools open and personal.

This news comes in the heels of another school district that decides to remove its mask mandate as well.

Carmel Clay schools announced that face masks will be optional in schools from Tuesday, February 22nd. Carmel Clay Schools had restarted the mask policy on August 16th. Administrators cited a decline in positive cases and quarantines in the district as grounds for revoking the mandate.

The school district will continue to comply with state requirements for vaccinated and unvaccinated persons.

Both districts urged parents to continue to monitor their children for signs of illness and keep them at home if they are ill.

Federal guidelines still require students and staff to wear masks while on school buses.

Howard County’s vaccine clinic changes

The Howard County Health Department will move its COVID-19 vaccination clinic from its current location at the Kokomo Event Center to the Howard County Health Department in late February. The clinic will resume at the new location on Wednesday, March 2, 2022. The Howard County Health Department is located in the Jeff Stout Government Center at 120 East Mulberry St. in room 206.

Anyone with an existing appointment at the Kokomo Event Center location in March will be notified of the change of location to the Government Center.

The clinic will administer COVID-19 vaccines every Wednesday between 13.00 and 19.00 ET. It will be closed between 15.30 and 16.00

Walk-in is welcome, or you can book an appointment at or call 211 to schedule

Patients must bring photo ID and insurance card to the clinic.

Pfizer, Moderna and Johnson & Johnson (Janssen) vaccines will all be available.

If you have questions about booster doses, vaccines for immunocompromised individuals, pediatric vaccines, or other COVID-19 vaccine-related questions, call the Howard County Health Department at 765-456-2437, select option # 1 to speak with a nurse.

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IMS Vaccine Clinic ends February 26

The Indiana Department of Health will begin reducing its COVID-19 response operations.

The department said the changes are being made due to less demand for testing and plenty of availability of COVID-19 vaccines and treatment at healthcare providers.

The IDOH test and vaccination clinic opposite Indianapolis Motor Speedway will end operations on Saturday, February 26th.

IDOH will also stop its test and vaccination strike teams that had been deployed throughout the state. However, IDOH will continue to make mobile vaccination and testing units available upon request.

IDOH also said the Indiana National Guard’s support for long-term care facilities and hospitals ends March 14. No new requests will be accepted after February 26th.

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Canada’s protests calm down, but may resonate in politics

Canada’s trucking protest, which grew until it closed a handful of border posts between Canada and the United States and closed key parts of the capital down for weeks, could resonate for years in Canadian politics and perhaps south of the border.

The protest, which was initially aimed at a COVID-19 vaccine made to cross-border truck drivers’ restrictions, but grew to include everything from all COVID-19 restrictions to hatred of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and the mainstream media, was a reflection of smoldering populist, right-wing anger and misinformation.

The Ottawa protests – the movement’s last major stronghold – seemed to be largely over by Saturday night, though some protesters warned they were only regrouping. Hundreds danced near an intersection not far from Parliament.

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