Update on HIV outbreak in Indiana
As of April 10, 2015, there are now a total of 106 HIV-related cases. Of these cases, 95 have been confirmed, and the remaining 11 have received positive preliminary tests.
Michael R. Pence, the governor of Indiana, recently signed a comprehensive emergency executive order, stating that Scott County is in a state of public health emergency. This order allows Scott County Health Department to create and distribute a program for a limited number of short-term needle exchanges.
HIV protective services are being offered at the Austin Community Outreach Center, located at 2277 W. Frontage Road in Austin, Indiana.
Leaders at the center recently added new hours on Tuesdays and Fridays in order to work with the community. On Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday, the center is open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.; on Tuesday and Friday, it is open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. On Sunday, it is open from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Grace Covenant Church has committed to providing free shuttle service to the center. Anyone in need of the shuttle transportation should contact the church.
Media representatives are asked not to visit the Community Outreach Center during operation hours; residents and HIV patients have said that they feel uncomfortable coming to the center with the media and cameras at the location. This could deter people from seeking the health services they need.