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Opioid Rescue Kit Locations in Floyd County

In a collaborative effort with the City of New Albany, the Floyd County Health Department led by Dr. Tom Harris, the Floyd County Health Officer, has provided the New Albany Police Department with Narcan. Narcan is an opioid antagonist that binds to opioid receptors in the brain to reverse the effects of an opioid overdose. One hundred and fifty doses of Narcan have been provided to the NAPD by the Health Department. Jennifer Kramer, a Public Health Nurse with the FCHD, trained officers in the use of the lifesaving drug. Efforts by the FCHD to combat the ongoing opioid epidemic also include a partnership with Our Place Drug and Alcohol Services and the placement of Opioid Rescue Boxes around Floyd County. The locations of the boxes, which are accessible to anyone, are listed below.

Mounted boxes of the medication can be found in the following locations in Floyd County:

  • St. Marks United Church of Christ— 222 E Spring Street, New Albany
  • Floyd County Token Club— 506 Pearl Street, New Albany
  • Pints and Union—114 East Market Street, New Albany
  • The Hitching Post – 115 West Market Street, New Albany
  • Nomad Church Collective— 1423 East Oak Street, New Albany
  • Our Place Drug and Alcohol Education Services—400 East Spring Street, New Albany
  • Floyd County Health Department—1917 Bono Road, New Albany
  • Sojourn Church—2023 Ekin Avenue, New Albany
  • Floyd County Public Library—180 West Spring Street, New Albany
  • Indiana University Southeast – In each of the Student Lodges
  • Wesley Chapel UMC – 2100 Highway 150, Floyds Knobs
  • St. John’s United Presbyterian - 1307 E. Elm Street, New Albany
  • Southern Indiana Homeless Coalition Office – 1218 E Oak Street, New Albany

Lead Testing in Floyd County Under New State Law

The Floyd County Health Department is making local residents aware of the importance of lead testing for children following the enactment of House Enrolled Act 1313, which requires all healthcare providers to offer lead testing to all children at their one- and two-year checkups, or as close as possible to those appointments. Providers also are required to offer testing to any child age 6 or younger who does not have a record of a prior blood lead test.

Parents and guardians seeking information about how to find lead testing can contact Floyd County Health Department at (812) 948-4726, call their healthcare provider or visit for resources.

Lead exposure can damage the brain and nervous system, causing slowed growth and development, learning and behavior problems, issues with hearing and speech, impulsivity, nausea, and other debilitating effects.]It is more toxic to the unborn and younger children, though it can negatively impact adults as well. Early intervention, including proper nutrition and removal of sources of lead exposure, can lower lead levels in individuals.

Children who live in homes built before 1980 have a greater chance of experiencing lead poisoning. The chipping and peeling of lead paint being mixed with dust makes these older homes hazardous to children. Of the homes in Floyd County, an estimated 45% were built before 1980. Other common sources of lead are contaminated soil, drinking water, and, occasionally, children’s toys and jewelry. Children also can be exposed if an adult in the home works in an industry or has a hobby that involves lead or through items like reclaimed barn wood that could contain old paint.

Children with blood lead levels between 3.5 and 4.9 mcg/dL and their families receive education about risks and parents are advised to test siblings. Children with a confirmed level of 5 or above are enrolled in case management, and families of these children are encouraged to allow health department staff to do a home risk assessment, which includes discussing potentially leaded objects and surfaces and identifying educational, nutritional, and developmental support services that may be available to the child. The home assessment will also test surfaces to determine where lead hazards may exist and help the family determine how to best address those.

“There is no safe level of lead, and the sooner we can identify that a child is at risk, the earlier we can take steps to improve the health outcomes for that child,” said State Health Commissioner Kris Box, M.D., FACOG. “By having parents and providers understand the importance of asking for this simple blood test, we have an opportunity to protect hundreds of Indiana children each year from the harmful effects of lead.”

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West Nile Virus identified in Floyd County - July 2023

Floyd County Health Department has been notified by the Indiana Department of Health (IDOH) that they have identified a sample of mosquitoes infected with the West Nile Virus (WNV) in Floyd County. The positive mosquito sample was collected the week of July 5, 2023 by a representative of the Floyd County Health Department during routine county-wide mosquito sampling. The location of the sample was in New Albany, IN.

Although Floyd County has had positive mosquito samples for several years, this is the first positive sample for 2023.

Most people who become infected with WNV can experience mild illness such as fever, headache, and body aches before recovering fully. However, in some individuals, especially the elderly and immune compromised, WNV can cause serious illness and even death.

Residents of Floyd County should continue to take precautions to avoid mosquito bites by using DEET and other repellants, wearing protective clothing such as long sleeves and pants, and if possible avoid being outside during dusk and dawn when mosquitoes are most active.

Homeowners should also be aware of their property and correct common sources of mosquito breeding sites including clogged gutters, old tires, failing septic systems, abandoned/nonfunctional swimming pools, and other water containing items. Homeowners should also be diligent about maintaining overgrown grass, shrubs, and trees that can harbor mosquitoes during the day.

For more information on Floyd County’s West Nile Virus surveillance program or to file a complaint/concern about a property potentially breeding mosquitoes, please call 812-948-4726, option 2, option 1 to speak to an Environmentalist.

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Pertussis Cases

The Indiana Department of Health [IDOH] is currently investigating an increased number of positive tests for Pertussis that is occurring at a single test site in Floyd County.

In 2022, there were 11 cases of pertussis in the County. This was not an unusual number of cases. For 2023 there have been 3 cases so far; none in school age children.

There is no confirmed outbreak of Pertussis at this time.

The disease is characterized by persistent, frequently paroxysmal coughing, nasal congestion, fever, fatigue, and watery eyes. Since Pertussis/Whooping cough is a vaccine preventable disease, citizens are encouraged to keep their immunizations up to date. Infections can be treated with antibiotics such as azithromycin.

T. Harris, MD, FACEP
Floyd County Health Officer

FSSA Changes

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As many as 500,000 Hoosiers could be impacted by upcoming eligibility changes required by federal law. Some of those affected may include individuals served by programs at IDOH. These changes are the result of the recently passed federal spending bill, which ends the pandemic-related eligibility provisions as of March 31, 2023. This means regular determinations of coverage will begin again and actions to adjust, reduce or eliminate coverage will be allowed beginning in April 2023.

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Recall Notice - Abbott Voluntarily Recalls Powder Formulas Manufactured at One Plant

Abbott (NYSE: ABT) is initiating a proactive, voluntary recall of powder formulas, including Similac, Alimentum and EleCare manufactured in Sturgis, Mich., one of the company's manufacturing facilities. The recall does not include any metabolic deficiency nutrition formulas.

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