To help keep residents informed during the ongoing health emergency, this section will continue 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. 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 12 p.m. to 6 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. To register for testing visit https://scheduling .coronavirus.in .gov.
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.
Loree Brethren Church will host a drive-thru chicken noodle dinner on Feb. 4 from 5 to 7 p.m . at 8483 S. Strawtown Pike in Bunker Hill. For more information, contact Marlene Dunn at 765-473-7980
The First Baptist Church of Denver will host a Red Cross blood drive on Feb. 15 from 1 p.m. to 6:30 p.m .in the church’s fellowship hall at 111 N. Yorick Street.
Those interested can call 1-800-733-2767 to schedule an appointment or go online to RedCrossBlood.org. and enter fbcden as the code. Temperatures will be taken the day of the drive, social distancing will be observed, and masks required.
The Peru Rotary Club is now accepting applications for the 2021 Opal and Clifford Arnholt Scholarship. This year, the scholarship will be awarded to two winners, each of whom will receive a one-time award of $2,000. To be eligible to win, an applicant must be a graduating senior at Maconaquah High School, North Miami High School, or Peru High School who will be pursuing higher education during the 2021-2022 school year. Additionally, applicants may not be related by blood or marriage to a current Rotarian.
Applications may be obtained from the guidance offices at Maconaquah High School, North Miami High School, or Peru High School and must be emailed to the Arnholt Scholarship Committee at perurotary firstname.lastname@example.org on or before March 20.
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.
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