To help keep residents informed during the ongoing health emergency, this section is continuing to evolve.
Though many events have been canceled, some, like mobile food pantries and blood drives, will continue to take place. The top portion of this section will list such events and be updated daily. Cancellations and closures of various events, agencies and public buildings will be listed below those items.
The state of Indiana, in a partnership with OptumServe Health, has opened a coronavirus testing site at the Indiana National Guard armory at 77 German St. in Peru. Individuals who are symptomatic or COVID-19 or close contacts of confirmed COVID-19 positive patients are eligible for testing. Residents will not be charged for testing and insurance is not required, but those with insurance are asked to bring information with them. For more information or to schedule a test, visit lhi.care/covid testing or call 888-634-1116. This site will remain through the end of the year, but appointments are now required.
COVID-19 testing is also now available through the Miami County Department of Health in partnership with Dukes Hospital. Testing is available to all members of the public regardless of symptoms. (Rapid testing is only available to individuals with symptoms. Patients who are not preregistered for a rapid test will not be administered a rapid test.) Children as young as 2 can be tested with parental consent. The site at the Boulevard entrance of Dukes Hospital is open from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Monday, Wednesday and Friday and open from 2 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday and Thursday. Saturday hours are 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. For questions about the site call the county health department at 765-472-3901 ext. 1228.
Events and information
United Way accepting grant applications
The United Way of Miami County is now accepting grant applications for money from a coronavirus relief fund made possible by the Lilly Endowment. Money from the $225,000 dollar fund is expected to paid out in three phases – for immediate relief to longterm recovery – and is targeted to help “human and social service nonprofits on the frontlines of the COVID-19 pandemic.” To apply, visit the local United Way website at www.uwmiamip.org.
Main Street Methodist Church, at 81 West Main St., will operate a drop-off location for Operation Christmas Child shoe boxes on Nov. 21 between 9 a.m. and 12 p.m.
Main Street Methodist Church, at 81 West Main St., will operate a drop-off location for Operation Christmas Child shoe boxes on Nov. 22 between 9 a.m. and 12 p.m.
Main Street Methodist Church, at 81 West Main St., will operate a drop-off location for Operation Christmas Child shoe boxes on Nov. 23 between 9 a.m. and 12 p.m.
The Maconaquah Board of School Trustees will convene a meeting on Nov. 23 at 6 p.m. in the Maconaquah High School auditorium. Social distancing will be practices and masks are required.
The deadline for applications for the current round of Dukes Health Care Foundation grants is Nov. 30. Grant applications may be picked up at the Peru Chamber of Commerce Office in the Community Resource Center at 13 E. Main Street, the Dukes Memorial Hospital Administrative Office at 275 W. Twelfth Street, and Comerford & Co. PC at 36 W. Fifth Street. Contact John Claxton at 765-473-7189 for further information.
The Miami County Democrats will meet at 6 p.m. on Nov. 30 at the old United Methodist Church at 170 East Harrison in Denver. For more information call Charles Wagner at 765-473-4771.
The New Waverly United Methodist Church breakfasts for November and December have been canceled. The church hopes to be able to resume breakfasts at some time next year.
Dog tags are available at the Miami County Courthouse, Room 107, between the hours of 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. The fee is $5 per dog. Residents can also mail payment to Miami County Courthouse, 25 N. Broadway, Room 107, Peru, IN 46970. They are asked to enclose a self-addressed, stamped envelope and tags will be mailed along with a receipt. Please make checks payable to Miami County Treasurer. For questions, call 765-472-3901 Ext. 1860.