Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Wayne County Health Department was notified Monday of the county’s first COVID-19 sample testing positive for the Delta variant (B 1.617.2).

Only a fraction of all sample are sent for DNA speciation.

“We have been operating for several weeks as if we have
had the Delta variant in Wayne County already,” explained Christine Stinson, executive director of the Wayne County Health Department.

The county’s positivity rate was 3.6% Monday.

“Once the Delta strain became the dominate strain in Indiana, knowing Wayne County was not in a protective bubble, we knew we had it here, it was only a matter of proving it was here,” said Dr. David Jetmore, Wayne County
Health Officer.

With cases on the rise, Delta on the move and back to school right around the corner, Wayne County could be looking at again another dangerous fall and winter, health officials said.

Those 12 and older are eligible to receive a vaccine.

Vaccines are offered free of charge Monday – Friday from 9:00AM to 4:00PM at the health department, 100 S. Fifth St, Richmond. Appointments can be made by visiting . Walk-ins are welcomed. The last walk-in is accepted at 3:30 p.m. Please bring a photo ID and any insurance card you have.

Insurance is not required to receive the free vaccine. There is no charge for the vaccine or its administration.

The Wayne County Health Department is offering
several clinics over the next few weeks in locations around the county.

In addition to vaccination opportunities during regular office hours at local health departments, medical offices and Wayne County Fairgrounds, Wayne County Health Department is offering vaccines at several locations around the area, often on weekends or at night, for anyone.

5-8 p.m. Aug. 4, Wayne County Health Department, 100 S. Fifth St., Richmond

10 a.m.-2 p.m. Aug. 7, Centerville Junior High School, 509 Willow Grove Road, Centerville

11 a.m.-1 p.m. Aug. 7, Back to School Bash, 10th Street Park,  200 block South 10th Street, Richmond

Noon-2 p.m. Aug. 8, Luz del Mundo (church), 335 S. Seventh St., Richmond

4-6 p.m. Aug. 10, Starr Elementary School, 301 N. 19th St., Richmond

5-7 p.m. Aug. 10, Dennis Middle School, 222 N.W. Seventh St., Richmond

5-8 p.m. Aug. 11, 18 and 25 and Sept. 1, 8, 15, 22 and 29, WCHD, 100 S. Fifth St., Richmond

4-9 p.m. Sept. 4, International Fest, Jack Elstro Plaza, 47 N. Sixth St., Richmond

The health department continues to offer COVID-19 testing at its office, 100 S. Fifth St. Testing is available Monday – Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Appointments are
required and can be made by visiting


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Millicent Martin Emery is a reporter and editor for the Western Wayne News.