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State Offering Free Virtual FAFSA Filing Help for Students, Families on April 4th

Posted March 30, 2020

April 15 deadline to file for student financial aid eligibility swiftly approaching

(INDIANAPOLIS) – The Indiana Commission for Higher Education is encouraging all students to file the 2020-21 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) before the approaching April 15, 2020 deadline. As part of the state's annual Cash for College campaign, the Commission is joining with INvestED Indiana to host a virtual FAFSA Frenzy event on Saturday, April 4.

The annual FAFSA Frenzy is typically held in person, however, the event will be held virtually to maintain the health and safety of Hoosiers during the COVID-19 outbreak and to follow Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb's executive orders surrounding staying at home and social distancing.

Students and families can seek assistance through the Commission's Learn More Indiana social media platforms, which will be manned by Commission staff members during the live event. Staff will be answering common FAFSA questions and posting videos about the FAFSA. Follow along on social media with the #FAFSAFrenzyIN hashtag.

  • WHAT: Indiana FAFSA Frenzy Virtual Event
  • WHO: Indiana Commission for Higher Education Outreach staff and INvestED Indiana team members
  • WHEN: Saturday, April 4, 2020, 1-3 p.m. (ET)
  • WHERE: Online: Learn More Indiana social media accounts on Facebook (facebook.com/LearnMoreIN), Instagram (@LearnMoreIndiana) and Twitter (@LearnMoreIN)

By text and phone: To best serve the state, the Commission has split the state into eight regions. A full list of counties and associated numbers is available at www.learnmoreindiana.org. Reach INvestED any time at (317) 715-9007 for free assistance with the FAFSA.

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Note: Please note, do not share your Social Security Number or other private information over social media. Please be patient during the event. If you cannot get ahold of someone by phone, leave a voicemail and they will return your call when they are available.

Students and families can contact the Commission's Outreach staff and the INvestED team at any time, even after the virtual event concludes.

Assistance with filing the FAFSA is open to anyone – regardless of age – planning to attend or thinking of attending college or some form of postsecondary education in the fall. Filing the FAFSA is an important step in the postsecondary enrollment process for all Hoosier students and families – despite socioeconomic status. Having a current FAFSA on file ensures college is as affordable as possible and opens up opportunities for federal, state and institutional financial aid.

Information needed to file the FAFSA:

  • Federal Student Aid ID (the FSA ID is a username and password created through the FAFSA website)
  • Social Security number
  • Driver's license number
  • Student and parents' or guardians' most recent federal tax returns (IRS forms 1040, 1040EZ or 1040A); students under age 23 require a parents' or guardians' information in addition to their own
  • Records of money earned, including W-2 forms and recent bank statements
  • Alien registration numbers or permanent residence cards, if students or parents/guardians are not U.S. citizens.

WCTV's 7th Annual 21 for Fun Casino Night Fundraiser Rescheduled

Posted March 26, 2020

In response to recommendations to slow the spread of COVID-19, Whitewater Community Television

(WCTV) is announcing the postponement of our 7th annual 21 for Fun casino night fundraiser scheduled to take place Friday, April 17, 2020.

The new date for this event will be Friday, August 7, 2020. Tickets already purchased by those who planned to attend in April will be automatically transferred to the new August date. People who bought tickets, but will not be able to attend August 7, may request a refund by contacting WCTV at (765) 973-8488.

Event Details:
  • Date: Friday, August 7, 2020
  • Time: 6– 10p.m.
  • Location: Elks Club, 2100 U.S. 27, Richmond, Indiana 47374

21 for Fun is the area's premier casino night event which helps sustain Wayne County's Public, Education and Government (PEG) access television center. The community is invited to come try their luck without any risk at the Poker, Blackjack, Craps and Roulette tables. For those not interested in gaming, this year's event will include live entertainment with special performances by renowned magician Richard Darshwood and music by the Dan Nix Combo. Guests will also have a chance to win big with a silent auction featuring a unique selection of goods and experiences from major retailers, sports teams and local businesses. Heavy hors d'oeuvres, desserts and a cash bar will also be available throughout the evening.

Ticket Information:

Tickets are $45 each and include hors d'oeuvres, desserts, live entertainment, silent auction and $250 of play money for use during the event. Additional play money is available for purchase at the door. Purchase tickets online at www.wctv.info or O'Onda Gallery and Gifts located at 534 East Main Street, Richmond, Indiana 47374.

About Whitewater Community Television:

WCTV has served as Wayne County's PEG access television station since 1988. WCTV produces a wide variety of community, educational and government programming for local residents to enjoy. Our programs are available on Comcast cable throughout most of Wayne County on WCTV Channel 21, WETV Channel 20 and WGTV Channel 11. Online programming is also available for those without access to cable.

'Apollo 13 moment:' Richmond Company Designs, Produces Shields for Reid

Posted March 25, 2020

A global shortage of Personal Protective Equipment that was putting thousands of healthcare workers at great risk has led to an "Apollo 13 moment" at a Richmond plastics company -- and major relief to Reid Health's clinical staff on the frontlines of the COVID-19 outbreak.

The new virus outbreak worldwide, along with panic buying and hoarding, left health systems dangerously ill-equipped to care for new patients due to limited supplies of gloves, medical masks, respirators, goggles, face shields and gowns. So in what company officials are calling their own "Apollo 13 moment," Graphic Logo: PrimexPrimex Plastics is already making two different kinds of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) that Reid Health officials say will greatly enhance their ability to protect staff during the ongoing COVID-19 crisis.

In a series of almost miraculous circumstances, Primex developed, designed and scheduled mass production - all in just two days -- of face shields to be used with special protective helmets at Reid that protect staff dealing with contagious airborne disease. As word spread, the company is also ramping up production to help other healthcare providers.

"We can't overstate the positive impact this will have on our team members on the frontlines in facing this outbreak, especially when our heroes are from our own community."
Craig Kinyon, Reid Health President/CEO

"We can't overstate the positive impact this will have on our team members on the frontlines in facing this outbreak, especially when our heroes are from our own community," said Craig Kinyon, Reid Health President/CEO. He said the production of these shields will greatly enhance the safety of his team. "We have to protect our team or we risk not having people to care for patients. The team at Primex truly stepped up on our behalf - and with unbelievable speed."

Supplied Photo: Reid's original equipment and mask
Reid's original equipment and mask

Scott Rauch, Reid Health Vice President, cited "an amazing" series of events that led to Primex getting involved. Brent Cotter, who is a manager in the Material Services department at Reid that deals with supplies, suggested this past Sunday the idea of asking if a local plastics company could help with the shortage of shields. Rauch happens to attend a Bible study with Dale Blunk, who works in inside sales at Primex. Rauch reached out Sunday evening.

Blunk then contacted coworkers in production and design. By early Monday morning the Primex and Reid Health teams were at the table with a sample of what Reid needed. Then the Primex team went to work.

Doug Borgsdorf, Business Unit Director, who runs the division that is making the shields, said his team from production and design took Reid's sample and gathered samples of other products. "We took all the things we have in our building that we make, threw them on the table and said 'here it is: our Apollo 13.' We all sat down - eight feet apart - and said, 'how do we do this?'"

Borgsdorf said their main product up to now was returnable protective packaging. "Now we were looking at protective packaging for people." Other things had to fall into place, and they did. Suppliers responded quickly with materials needed. The type of plastic necessary for the special shields happened to be the type in production currently at their factory - so the right material was immediately available.

Supplied Photo: The Primex Creation
The Primex Creation

After a few tries with design, the shield for the helmets was ready. As a bonus, another prototype that doesn't involve a helmet was also created. Reid Health liked it so well, they ordered a supply of them too. After 1,000 of the first shield is produced and delivered, they will produce the second one soon after. The second one will alleviate a shortage of goggles by providing eye protection and also protect the masks under it, allowing them to be used longer and conserve a limitedsupply.

Borgsdorf said Mike Cramer, company president, was in full support of the effort of Primex in supporting Reid.

Sam Iden, M.D., Reid Emergency, said the equipment will play a huge role in reducing staff anxieties as they treat a growing number of patients. "I am so very appreciative of their efforts and assistance. We were becoming critically low on vital protective gear due to nationwide supply chain issues. Primex and its employees are playing a vital role in protecting healthcare workers and saving lives. Personally I now have a greater comfort in knowing that when I need to do an invasive procedure that puts the team at risk we have the tools needed to stay safe. I am so proud of our entire community and there outpouring of support."

Stephanie Burden, manager of emergency nursing at Reid Health, said the Primex crew "dropped everything. They were all hands on deck" as they took Reid's existing helmets and quickly worked to design the replacement. "It's such a relief to the staff," she said, noting how emergency workers are part of the frontlines of such an outbreak. "We couldn't use the helmets at all without the shields," she said.

Supplied Photo: The prototype shield that will help protect eyes and save other masks.
The prototype shield that will help protect eyes and save other masks.

Darin Dubbs, Director of Human Resources at Primex, said this was a bright spot during a very trying time we are all facing today. "This time is not about business. It is a time of unity," he said. "Our ability to help in the crisis has been uplifting to the employees at Primex. We are happy to be able help Reid Health and others in the community, and continue to provide stable employment to our employees."

As news has spread on social media, Borgsdorf said Primex is getting numerous requests from other hospitals and health systems, and is now on track to make 100,000 shields.

"We will face the threat ahead together, with stronger armor thanks to Primex's efforts." -- Jennifer Bales, M.D. Chief of Staff

Jennifer Bales, M.D., Reid Health's Chief of Staff and also an ER physician, said Primex's efforts brought hope. " There are not many bright moments in the preparation for this crisis, but when the community becomes part of our team, I can see a gleam of hope. We will face the threat ahead together, with stronger armor thanks to Primex's efforts."

​Amanda Martinez, RN, Clinical Practice Leader in Reid's ER, says the impact is significant for her team. "We are really grateful for what they were able to do for us," she said. "Honestly, the need for these things is probably going to get greater."

Applications Open for Student Member of State Higher Education Commission

Posted March 25, 2020

College students interested in serving two-year term must submit applications by Friday, April 17

(INDIANAPOLIS) – The Indiana Commission for Higher Education is seeking applicants for the next Student Commission Member position. The student member, to be appointed by Gov. Eric Holcomb, will serve on the Commission July 1, 2020 through June 30, 2022.

The student member is a full voting member of the Commission for Higher Education, which is a 14-member coordinating body for the state's public postsecondary education system. Aside from the student member, the Commission consists of one faculty representative, one representative from each of the nine congressional districts in Indiana and three at-large members.

"Strong student representation is an important part of the Commission's work of aligning Indiana's postsecondary education to the needs of Hoosier students and the state," said Indiana Commissioner for Higher Education Teresa Lubbers. "This is an opportunity for a student to give input and be a voice for their peers around Indiana, as well as learn more about how state government works and how policy can impact student and state outcomes."

The Commission meets approximately 20-25 days out of the year and Commission meetings are typically scheduled on the Wednesday and Thursday of the second Thursday of the month and usually include an overnight stay at the meeting site. Potential student members also serve on the Student Success and Completion sub-committee and will be responsible for participating in regular meetings in correlation with Commission meetings.

To qualify, the student may be a full- or part-time undergraduate or graduate student and must be enrolled through the spring 2022 semester at an Indiana public higher education institution and live in the state of Indiana.

Candidates for the student member position must submit applications, letters of recommendation and a signed agreement to serve by Friday, April 17. The Commission's Student Nominating Committee will review applications and notify those that will be selected for in-person interviews by Friday, May 1. Interviews will take place on Friday, May 15 at the Commission's office in downtown Indianapolis.

Find more information about the student Commission member at https://www.in.gov/che/4874.htm or download the application and agreement to serve here.

Notification for Richmond Advisory Plan Commission Procedures (3.26.2020)

Posted March 25, 2020

Given the precautionary steps taken to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus, the City of Richmond is requesting that all public comment for the Advisory Plan Commission meeting (held at 7 pm on Thursday, March 26th) be sent by email by noon on March 26th, 2020 of the meeting to the Commission President Aaron Roberts at aaron8936@gmail.com.

During the meeting if a member of the public wishes to call in during public hearing, they can dial 765-973-1590. EMS staff is on-site at the Richmond Police Department entrance and will be screening any person who enters the building for symptoms, anybody exhibiting symptoms may be turned away and can dial in to give input.

Given the change in meeting size and use of technology, the meeting will be moved from the City Council chambers to the Sally Hutton Room on the 2nd Floor of the Municipal Building.

Click this link for the agenda with clickable links to the supporting documents for each case on the agenda.

Have a Question About Library Services? Call Us!

Posted March 24, 2020

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Call Morrisson-Reeves Library at 765-966-8291.

Phone Service Hours are:
  • Monday through Friday
  • 10:00am to 2:00pm and 6:00pm - 8:00pm

Please be patient when making calls to the library. We are operating the phone service with a very limited number of staff who are working remotely.

Containment Zones, Ramped Up Restrictions at Reid Health for COVID-19 Crisis

Posted March 24, 2020

Reid Health is further restricting visitors and taking additional steps to protect patients and staff in the ongoing COVID-19 emergency.

Besides limiting visitors to personal caregivers --and only for those with health or mental challenges that require the assistance -- everyone coming in is having their temperature checked and are required to keep a mask on at all times. A major step launched Saturday was the creation of a temporary Respiratory Clinic at 1501 Chester Boulevard, and the move of Reid Urgent Care temporarily to 1350 Chester for non-respiratory urgent care needs. The clinic processed about 50 patients its first two days.

The Respiratory Clinic is by referral only, with appointments made after initial consults by phone with the clinic hotline (765-965-4200) or with a Reid Health nurse on the free screening portion of the Reid HealthNOW mobile app.

The health system has also closed some of its outpatient physician practices as well to free up providers and staff to assist with a new Respiratory Clinic and other staffing needs as cases of suspected COVID-19 continue to increase. The practices closed so far include:

  • Reid Medical Associates in Richmond, which is temporarily a non-respiratory Urgent Care.
  • Family and Occupational Medicine of Ridgeville
  • Reid Family & Specialty Care, New Castle
  • Reid Family Health in Richmond
  • And Reid Ready Care Clinic in the Richmond Meijer and Main Street Family Medicine in Brookville remain closed.

On the main campus, other steps include a new process for triage in the Emergency Department that begins outside; and special containment areas in the Intensive Care Unit and on a dedicated nursing unit to avoid mixing potential COVID-19 and non COVID patients.

As of late Monday, the health system had submitted 58 approved tests, with five coming back presumptive positive, 21 negative and 32 pending results. These numbers include inpatients and outpatients quarantined in their homes in the region served by Reid Health.

"We continue to ask our communities to take this outbreak seriously, follow all the restrictions on gathering and travel, and help us slow the spread of this virus," said Misti Foust-Cofield, Vice President/Chief Nursing officer. "Our providers and support staff are rising to the challenge, and they are nothing short of exceptional. Please help us protect them as they care for all of our patients."

Reid Health officials say they are encouraged by the many offers from the community to donate supplies and make masks to cope with a shortage of protective equipment, and shared information Monday about how to donate.

For information on masks: www.ReidHealth.org/making-masks

For the latest closings and cancellations at Reid:
https://www.reidhealth.org/reid-cancellations/delays.

To schedule an appointment with the Respiratory Clinic: Call the hotline at (765) 965-4200 or log into the Reid HealthNOW app for a FREE screening or a reduced price virtual urgent care visit.

Wayne County ATHENA Leadership Award Nominations Open March 6

Posted March 24, 2020

Wayne County ATHENA Leadership Awards will accept nominations beginning Friday, March 6, for its ATHENA Leadership Award, ATHENA Young Professional Award, and the ATHENA Organizational Leadership Award. Nominations will close at 5 p.m. on Friday, April 17.

Nominations are sought throughout the community. Recipients are selected by a diverse group of community leaders based on the award criteria.

Nomination forms are available at waynecoathena.com.

New this year! All ATHENA award recipients will be announced before the dinner.

The awards will be presented at the annual dinner at 6 p.m. on Thursday, June 18, 2020, at Forest Hills Country Club, located at 2169 South 23rd St. in Richmond, Ind.

The ATHENA Leadership Award® will be presented to an exemplary leader who has achieved excellence in their business or profession, served the community in a meaningful way and, most importantly, actively assisted women to achieve their full leadership potential. The event recognizes women leaders who motivate, inspire and create positive change in the community. Previous award recipients include Mary Jo Clark, Jackie Carberry, Kim Poinsett, Angie Dickman, Janis Buhl-Macy, and Melissa Vance.

The ATHENA Young Professional Leadership Award actively supports and celebrates the ATHENA mission of supporting, developing and honoring women leaders, inspiring women to achieve their full potential-creating balance in leadership worldwide. ATHENA Young Professional Leadership Nominees are 18-35 years age. Nominees are emerging women leaders who demonstrate excellence, creativity and initiative in their business or profession. Provides valuable service to improve the quality of life for others in their community. Clearly serves as a role model for young women both personally and professionally. Previous award recipients include Jessie Pilewski and Ashley Sieb.

This is the first year the ATHENA Organizational Leadership Award will be presented in Wayne County. The award actively supports and celebrates the ATHENA mission of supporting, developing and honoring women leaders, inspiring women to achieve their full potential-creating balance in leadership worldwide. ATHENA organizational nominees are business or organizations, in the profit or non-profit sectors - who create an organizational culture that encourages women employees to achieve their full leadership potential or gives back to the larger community of women and girls by providing and/ or supporting leadership development opportunities and initiatives.

Founded in 1982, ATHENA International is a women's leadership organization that supports, develops and honors women leaders through the programs it administers. ATHENA's flagship program, the ATHENA Leadership Award® Program, has honored over 6,250 women leaders from hundreds of cities and eight countries since its inception. The program is facilitated locally by Wayne Bank and Indiana University East, licensed ATHENA host organizations. Nominations are sought throughout the community and recipients are selected by a diverse group of community leaders based on the criteria above.

ATHENA Leadership Award® recipients hail from all professional sectors. The award's rich history, international scope and emphasis on mentorship make this award unique and amongst the most prestigious leadership awards one can receive.

Wayne Bank and Indiana University East are honored to bring this award to Wayne County for the seventh annual year. ATHENA Leadership Award® recipients are presented a hand-cast, bronze and crystal sculpture that symbolizes the strength, courage and wisdom of ATHENA recipients.

Local sponsorship is provided by Wayne Bank and IU East. Event proceeds will equally benefit the Women's Fund of Wayne County and Girls, Inc.

To RSVP, visit waynecoathena.com or contact JoAnn Spurlock, vice president, director of operations, compliance coordinator at Wayne Bank, at (765) 259-0209 or jspurlock@waynebnk.com or Paula Kay King, director of Gift Development at IU East, at (765) 973-8331 or pkayking@iue.edu.

ATHENA Leadership Awards Nomination Process
  • Wayne County ATHENA Leadership Awards will present three awards this year:
    • ATHENA Leadership Award
    • ATHENA Young Professional Award
    • ATHENA Organizational Leadership Award, a new award added for 2020.
  • Nominations are open from March 6 to April 17.
  • New this year! All ATHENA award recipients will be announced before the dinner.
  • Recipients will be presented with ATHENA awards during the annual dinner at 6 p.m. on Thursday, June 18, 2020, at Forest Hills Country Club, located at 2169 South 23rd St. in Richmond, Ind.
  • The community is invited to submit their nominations at waynecoathena.com.

gener8tor Announces Emergency Response Program

Posted March 23, 2020

INDIANAPOLIS, INDIANA - gener8tor, in partnership with the Indiana Economic Development Corporation, announced today a new initiative supporting Indiana small businesses affected by the COVID-19 outbreak. Under the Emergency Response Program, small businesses and entrepreneurs will have access to a free, week-long webinar series designed to identify and leverage critical resources in order to weather this ongoing public health crisis. As a part of the program, participants will be provided with daily webinars with experts in the following areas:

The step-by-step process of applying for SBA-eligible programs.

  • Civic, philanthropic and state emergency relief resources;
  • Employment law experts to help navigate changes required by new laws;
  • Federal emergency relief programs; and
  • Mental health and wellness resources for small business owners.

In addition to webinars, gener8tor will host dedicated, daily office hours for small businesses to digitally meet with business advisors. The gener8tor team will be working one-on-one with companies to address the various issues small businesses are facing during the COVID-19 outbreak.

gener8tor will also work with community groups interested in providing pro bono resources to small businesses.

Interested businesses may visit https://www.gener8tor.com/emergency-response-program/indiana to register or contact Cole Shearer at cole@gener8tor.com. The registration deadline is Wednesday, March 25, and the program will take place the following week (March 30 – April 3.) All Indiana-based businesses are invited to participate.

"As a state, we're focused on providing the support Hoosier small businesses and entrepreneurs need to overcome the economic distress caused by the COVID-19 outbreak," said David Roberts, chief innovation officer of the IEDC. "Under this new initiative, we'll connect small businesses to free resources offered here in Indiana, as well as gener8tor's comprehensive network of mentors, helping them identify and address many of the concerns they are facing during these unprecedented times."

"We have seen firsthand the impact that entrepreneurs have on a community, and we hope to call on our network of mentors, investors and partners to support small business owners through this new Emergency Response Program," said Joe Kirgues, gener8tor co-founder.

United Way of Whitewater Valley establishes a COVID-19 Relief Fund (Coronavirus)

Posted March 23, 2020

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic United Way of Whitewater Valley has established a COVID-19 Relief Fund(Coronavirus), to meet basic needs including food, shelter and other resources. The fund will support the nonprofits who are serving the vulnerable populations in Wayne and Union counties. 100% of monies received will go directly to organizations approved for funding. We know many of our nonprofit partners are being stretched to capacity as they address the immediate, emergent, and unanticipated community needs resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic.

Funding Eligibility & Application Process

Application

United Way of Whitewater Valley will be accepting applications from local non-profits on a continuous basis.

The application can be accessed here

Eligibility for Funding

Applicants must be a local 501(c)(3) non-profit human service organization or a community collaborative/group using a fiscal agent and must continue to provide services during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Ways to Donate:

Applications will be reviewed within 24 business hours of receipt and organizations will be informed within 2-5 days of the funding status. If approved, applications will be processed for payment within 48 business hours of notification of approval.

Reid Health Opens Respiratory Clinic in Response to COVID-19 Emergency

Posted March 20, 2020

Supplied Photo: The Reid Urgent Care location at 1501 Chester Blvd is temporarily a by-appointment-only Respiratory Clinic for patients with respiratory symptoms.In response to the ongoing COVID-19 emergency, Reid Health is temporarily making its Urgent Care facility at 1501 Chester Boulevard into a clinic for respiratory illness only and opening a temporary location nearby for other non-respiratory urgent needs starting Saturday, March 21.

"This will allow us to better manage potential COVID-19 patients and patients with other signs and symptoms of respiratory disease, with a dedicated space and processes to expedite evaluations and decisions about further care," said Annuradha Bhandari, M.D., Reid Medical Associates. "It will also help us keep potentially infected people away from those who likely are not."

Dr. Bhandari is leading the effort to create the temporary clinic as part of multiple steps being taken by the Reid Health system to "flatten the curve" of infection in the region. Such steps are designed to slow the spread and reduce a surge of sick patients that could overwhelm the health care system.

The temporary urgent care for non-COVID-19 needs will be housed at Reid Medical Associates, 1350 Chester Boulevard.

Dr. Bhandari emphasized that due to limited resources, no routine COVID-19 evaluations will be offered at the respiratory clinic. Healthy people should not come at all.

Dr. Bhandari emphasized that due to limited resources, no routine COVID-19 evaluations will be offered at the respiratory clinic. Healthy people should not come at all -- and those with mild or moderate symptoms must be assessed by calling a hotline or logging into Reid HealthNOW to obtain an appointment before coming to the clinic. "It is important to understand that this is by appointment only that you can only obtain through Reid HealthNOW or the hotline. Our testing capability is limited and is reserved for those who are severely ill and meet testing guidelines."

Dr. Bhandari said a dedicated clinic will reduce potential exposure in suspected cases to others who may have totally different urgent care and-or general medical needs. It also takes pressure off its emergency department in both Richmond and Connersville, she said. Something similar may be established in Connersville going forward.

Supplied Photo: Reid Urgent Care is temporarily moving to 1350 Chester Boulevard
Reid Urgent Care is temporarily moving to 1350 Chester Boulevard.

As a precautionary measure, the respiratory clinic will not have a waiting room - the waiting area will effectively be in patients' cars. Patients who have an appointment should expect they could be in their car for an extended amount of time.

Anyone with respiratory issues must:

First call the COVID-19 hotline at (765) 965-4200 (available 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. seven days a week) or get an initial triage with the Reid HealthNOW virtual care app's FREE COVID-19 screening. Appointments can only be made during the hotline hours, but screening is available 24 hours.

If assessed as needing to do more than remain home in isolation, instructions will be given including an appointment time and advised to go to the respiratory clinic. Only patients who have taken this step can receive further assessment at the respiratory clinic.

If patients with respiratory issues call their normal provider, it is possible they will be referred to the respiratory hotline.

Respiratory clinic patients will be directed to an area of the parking lot at 1501 Chester Boulevard and remain in their car for initial assessment. Based on triage and testing, when necessary they will be masked and taken into the facility for additional treatment, assessment and direction.

Meanwhile, all other non-related urgent care patients are directed to go to the 1350 Chester Boulevard Reid Health location for normal triage and treatment.

HOURS and DETAILS

COVID-19 Respiratory Clinic hotline: 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily - (765) 965-4200.

Respiratory Clinic hours: By appointment only, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily.

Free Reid HealthNOW COVID 19 screening: Available 24 hours.

Get a Library Card

Posted March 20, 2020

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Sign-up Today!

Morrisson-Reeves Library is issuing e-library cards to anyone 5 and older living in or attending school in our service area. We are offering this service during the current building closure. With this card, you will have access to all of our digital resources. The list is endless!

To Sign Up Online:

Complete the form on our website.

Our Library staff will contact you to provide your new library card number and pin.

Enjoy your new Morrisson-Reeves Library card!

Forgot your library card number or pin? We can help with that too. email us at library@mrlinfo.org and provide your legal name that is listed on your account.

SBA Offers Disaster Assistance to Indiana Small Businesses Economically Impacted by the Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Posted March 19, 2020

ATLANTA – The U.S. Small Business Administration is offering low-interest federal disaster loans for working capital to Indiana small businesses suffering substantial economic injury as a result of the Coronavirus (COVID-19), SBA Administrator Jovita Carranza announced today. SBA acted under its own authority, as provided by the Coronavirus Preparedness and Response Supplemental Appropriations Act that was recently signed by the President, to declare a disaster following a request received from Gov. Eric J. Holcomb on March 17, 2020.

The disaster declaration makes SBA assistance available in the entire state of Indiana; and the contiguous counties of Clark, Cook, Crawford, Edgar, Gallatin, Iroquois, Kankakee, Lawrence, Vermilion, Wabash, White and Will in Illinois; Boone, Breckinridge, Carroll, Daviess, Gallatin, Hancock, Hardin, Henderson, Jefferson, Meade, Oldham, Trimble and Union in Kentucky; Berrien, Branch, Cass, Hillsdale and Saint Joseph in Michigan; and Butler, Darke, Defiance, Hamilton, Mercer, Paulding, Preble, Van Wert and Williams in Ohio.

"SBA is strongly committed to providing the most effective and customer-focused response possible to assist Indiana small businesses with federal disaster loans. We will be swift in our efforts to help these small businesses recover from the financial impacts of the Coronavirus (COVID-19)," said Administrator Carranza.

SBA Customer Service Representatives will be available to answer questions about SBA's Economic Injury Disaster Loan program and explain the application process. "Small businesses, private non-profit organizations of any size, small agricultural cooperatives and small aquaculture enterprises that have been financially impacted as a direct result of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) since Jan. 31, 2020, may qualify for Economic Injury Disaster Loans of up to $2 million to help meet financial obligations and operating expenses which could have been met had the disaster not occurred," said Carranza.

"These loans may be used to pay fixed debts, payroll, accounts payable and other bills that can't be paid because of the disaster's impact. Disaster loans can provide vital economic assistance to small businesses to help overcome the temporary loss of revenue they are experiencing," Carranza added. Eligibility for Economic Injury Disaster Loans is based on the financial impact of the Coronavirus (COVID-19). The interest rate is 3.75 percent for small businesses. The interest rate for private non-profit organizations is 2.75 percent. SBA offers loans with long-term repayments in order to keep payments affordable, up to a maximum of 30 years and are available to entities without the financial ability to offset the adverse impact without hardship.

Applicants may apply online, receive additional disaster assistance information and download applications at https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela. Applicants may also call SBA's Customer Service Center at (800) 659-2955 or email disastercustomerservice@sba.gov for more information on SBA disaster assistance. Individuals who are deaf or hard-of-hearing may call (800) 877-8339. Completed applications should be mailed to U.S. Small Business Administration, Processing and Disbursement Center, 14925 Kingsport Road, Fort Worth, TX 76155. The deadline to apply for an Economic Injury Disaster Loan is Dec. 18, 2020. For more information about Coronavirus, please visit: Coronavirus.gov. For more information about available SBA resources and services, please visit: SBA.gov/coronavirus.

Ivy Tech Community College Closing All Buildings

Posted March 20, 2020

College services to now also be offered virtually when virtual instruction begins on March 23

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – Ivy Tech Community College announced that effective 5:00 pm (local time) on Friday, March 20 all of its buildings will be closed until further notice. The College will continue to operate and deliver instruction wherever possible virtually as previously announced. With the closure of its buildings additional services to students will now also be provided virtually including advising, testing, financial aid and business office operations.

"As we continued to follow and learn more about the progression of the COVID-19 pandemic we made the decision to take further steps to lessen the risk for our faculty, staff, students and the communities we serve," Ivy Tech President Sue Ellspermann said. "This was a difficult decision to make, but one that will continue to help keep our communities safe. We are committed to continuing to serve our students as the state's Community College during these difficult times.

The College will be providing various ways for students to stay connected to the College while it operates virtually and has shared the following list of ways in a message to all of its students.

  • Check www.ivytech.edu/covid-19 to find answers to frequently asked questions about the ongoing response to COVID-19 and for campus specific e-mail addresses you can use to get assistance
  • Stay connected on IvyLearn
  • Check MyIvy
  • Contact your instructor
  • Contact your advisor
  • Call 1-888-IVY-LINE
  • Visit www.ivytech.edu/chat

About Ivy Tech Community College

Ivy Tech Community College serves communities across Indiana, providing world-class education and driving economic transformation. It is the state's largest public postsecondary institution and the nation's largest singly accredited statewide community college system. It serves as the state's engine of workforce development, offering high-value degree programs and training that are aligned with the needs of its communities, along with courses and programs that transfer to other colleges and universities in Indiana. It is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and a member of the North Central Association.

The Library Is Closed

Posted March 19, 2020

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With mindful consideration of decisions by state and local officials, the Morrisson-Reeves Library Board of Trustees and leadership team have made the decision to close the library to the public as of Monday, March 16 at 2:30pm. This includes cancellation of all Library programming occurring inside and outside of our building.

We sincerely care about the health and well-being of our community, staff, and patrons. Closing will offer a greater benefit to the social distancing effort to limit the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus in the Richmond Area. We plan to roll out adjusted services as we assess the situation and determine a timeline for services.

During this time, we will utilize our website and social media channels on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram to share information. We encourage you to visit MRLinfo.org to explore our digital collections of books, movies, tv shows, research tools, and more to download and stream. MRL-Digital-Branch

Don't worry about things like overdue books or returning items - any physical materials currently checked out will have their due dates extended until we reopen. Currently available holds will be waiting for you to pick up when we reopen.

Please stay safe, monitor your health, follow guidelines recommended by the Center for Disease Control, and check for updates at the Indiana State Department of Health website.

We look forward to seeing you again when we reopen, and in the meantime, please take care of yourself and those around you.

Paris Pegg
Library Director, Morrisson-Reeves Library

Wayne County Health Department Issues Directive

Posted March 19, 2020

In response to COVID-19, Dr. David Jetmore, the Wayne County Health Officer has issued a directive for all tattoo parlors, spas, gyms, fitness centers, nail salons, tanning salons, beauty salons and barber shops to close until further notice. It is imperative that over at least the next two weeks the public limits their movement to essential services only. In order to control the spread of this virus and curb this epidemic, it is necessary to implement these controls.

Establishments should follow this directive as soon as possible, no later than 9:00PM, March 19, 2020.

If you have any questions regarding this directive, please contact Christine Stinson, Executive Director of the Wayne County Health Department.

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