Stay up to date on local COVID-19 inpatient volumes, visitor restrictions and vaccine options.
Community Update: August 1, 2022
Margaret Mary Health has seen an increase in COVID-19 patients requiring hospitalization in July compared to the previous three months, although overall hospitalization numbers remain low compared to the volumes experienced in January and February (see MMH COVID-19 Inpatient Volumes chart). The positivity rate for COVID-19 at Margaret Mary appears to significantly increase in July (see MMH COVID-19 Positivity Rate chart), but the total number of individuals coming in for testing is much lower due to at-home testing, resulting in an overall higher percentage of positive cases because those patients coming in to be tested are often symptomatic and seeking medical care.
Overall, state-reported positive cases in Ripley and Franklin counties also increased in July from previous months, although the numbers remain much lower than those experienced in early 2022. However, it's understood total cases are likely underreported due to the increase in available at-home testing kits.
For individuals who have been exposed or are experiencing mild COVID-19 symptoms, it's recommended an at-home test kit be completed. Test kits can be purchased at retail pharmacies and free at-home test kids can be ordered online.
Margaret Mary Health also offers COVID-19 testing with rapid results in our provider practices in Batesville, Brookville, Milan and Osgood. To schedule an appointment for testing, call your primary care office. Walk-in testing is also available at our Brookville & Osgood minor care locations. Testing services will be billed through patient insurance and patient financial responsibility will depend on plan coverage. For additional information on free community test sites and retail sites, visit coronavirus.in.gov.
COVID-19 vaccines are available for everyone ages 6 months and older. Appointments can be scheduled Monday - Friday at the MMH Occupational Health & Wellness Center by calling 812.932.5105. Vaccine appointments can also be made at the Margaret Mary Health Center in Brookville by calling 765.647.5126.
Who is Eligible to Receive the COVID-19 Vaccine?
Anyone age 6 months and older may now schedule a COVID-19 vaccination appointment. Please note anyone younger than 18 must receive the Pfizer vaccine. Proof of age will be required at the time of vaccination.
The CDC recommends a COVID vaccine for everyone 6 months and older. COVID-19 vaccines may be received on the same day as other recommended vaccines.
To find out if you should receive a COVID-19 booster, use this CDC tool.
Register For Your Vaccine
To register to receive your vaccination at Margaret Mary Health's Occupational Health & Wellness Center, please call 812.932.5105. Appointments are required. Vaccine is available for those 6 months and older.
COVID-19 vaccines are available by appointment only at our Health Center at Brookville location for ages 12 and older. To learn more or schedule an appointment, call 765.647.5126.
Our Vaccine Distribution Location
The COVID-19 Vaccine is currently available at Margaret Mary's Occupational Health & Wellness Center.
MMH Occupational Health & Wellness Center
1051 State Road 229 | Batesville, IN 47006
Hours of Operation:
Monday - 7:30 AM to 6 PM
Tuesday - Friday - 7:30 AM to 4:30 PM
Preparing For Your Vaccine
To help you prepare for your vaccine, please keep the following tips in mind:
- Bring a valid ID.
- Wear clothes that allow easy access to the top part of your arm for injection.
- Wear a mask.
- Tell the vaccine provider if you are ill or have ever had a severe allergic reaction.
- Following vaccination, please be aware you must wait onsite for 15 minutes to monitor for adverse reactions.
If you’re experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, please contact your Margaret Mary primary care provider for direction on the appropriate next steps for care and testing. If you are asymptomatic but still need to be tested whether due to known exposure, traveling or event attendance, please visit coronavirus.in.gov for the most up-to-date details on local testing sites.
Other Testing Options
Click here to view a list of additional locations available for COVID-19 testing. If you choose to use a testing site not affiliated with Margaret Mary, please be aware your healthcare provider may not receive your test results. Testing site details change frequently. To ensure you have the most up-to-date information about these sites, visit the Indiana State Department of Health website. Testing is also available through CVS Pharmacy.
Current Visitor Restrictions & Guidelines
As of 3.27.2023
For the protection and safety of our patients, team members and the community, we will continue to limit visitors and closely adhere to the below guidelines until further notice. Visitors who do not follow these guidelines may be asked to leave the facility.
- Patients and support person(s) will be screened by MMH personnel at entrances.
- Patients experiencing respiratory symptoms and/or fever, or who are immunocompromised, must wear a mask that fully covers the nose and mouth at all times while inside MMH facilities.
- Visitors/support person(s) experiencing respiratory symptoms MAY be asked to not enter MMH facilities.
- The MMH Café is closed to the public and limited to staff, patients and support people.
- Patients may have two (2) support person(s) (16 years of age or older).
- Masking is optional, but encouraged for immunocompromised patients.
- Patients may have two (2) support person(s) (16 years of age or older).
Hospital Inpatient Care
- Med/Surg and Special Care unit patients may have two (2) visitors or support people (must be 16 or older).
- Visitors for patients in isolation may be required to wear a mask dependent on the type of isolation, as well as additional PPE, as requested.
- Visitation for patients in isolation may be limited.
- Patients may have two (2) visitors or support people.
- No visitors or support people under the age of 16 will be permitted, with the exception of children who are siblings of newborns.
Our Safety Precautions
We want to reassure the community the health, well-being and safety of every patient, visitor and team member is our highest priority. MMH is taking the following safety precautions to protect all patients and staff:
- All patients and visitors are screened for illness upon entering any MMH facility.
- Patient experiencing respiratory symptoms and/or fever, or who are immunocompromised, are required to wear a mask that full covers the nose and mouth at all times while inside MMH facilities.
- Visitors/support person(s) experiencing respiratory symptoms may be asked to not enter MMH facilities.
- Staff will conduct thorough cleaning of exam rooms and equipment between patients.
- Staff will disinfect common areas throughout facilities routinely.
Keeping Yourself Safe
COVID-19 is usually spread from close person-to-person contact through respiratory droplets from coughing and sneezing. The virus can also be spread through airborne transmission, when tiny droplets remain in the air even after the ill person leaves the area. The best way to protect yourself is to follow the tips below.
- Wash your hands frequently and thoroughly using soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water aren't available.
- Cough or sneeze into a tissue or flexed elbow, then throw the tissue in the trash.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth with unwashed hands.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick, sneezing or coughing.
- Stay home when you're sick.
- Clean and disinfect surfaces and objects people frequently touch.
News & Video Updates
12.22.21 | As inpatient volumes continue to climb, MMH encourages you to help slow the spread of COVID-19 over the holidays. Interim CEO, Liz Leising and ER Doctor, Frank Fiorito share insights on what MMH is currently experiencing and how to manage COVID-19 symptoms and limit your risk of exposure.
8.23.21 | COVID-19 is on the rise, both nationally and in our community. Listen to Interim CEO Liz Leising as she shares what’s happening inside the walls of MMH, as well as how effective the vaccine has been in fighting the new virus strain locally.
Learn More About Coronavirus Disease 2019
We are working closely with our state and local healthcare providers to identify, care for (if needed), monitor and prevent the potential spread of COVID-19 in our community.