COVID-19 Community Update from Margaret Mary Health

 Margaret Mary Health (MMH) 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 is understood that 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 is recommended an at-home test kit be completed.  Test kits can be purchased at retail pharmacies and free at-home test kits can be ordered online from

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 and 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 test sites, visit

COVID-19 vaccines are available for everyone ages 6 months and older. Appointments can be scheduled Monday – Friday at the MMH Occupational Health and Wellness Center in Batesville by calling 812.932.5105.  Vaccine appointments can also be made at the Margaret Mary Health Center in Brookville by calling 765.647.5126.  

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Located in Batesville, Indiana, Margaret Mary Health is a not-for-profit, critical-access hospital providing both inpatient and outpatient services.  Employing nearly 800 team members, the hospital has grown to include oncology, orthopaedic, rehab services, and primary and minor care services in nearby communities.  MMH serves a population of more than 65,000 residents in Ripley, Franklin and surrounding counties. To learn more about our services, visit 

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