Coronavirus in Allen County: Over 1,750 cases to date

THURSDAY (June 4, 2020):

The Indiana State Department of Health is reporting 1,753 cases of COVID-19 in our area.

The Allen County Health Department is reporting 75 deaths as a result of the new coronavirus to date. ACHD’s reporting is different than ISDH, Allen County currently says there are 1,692 cases.

WEDNESDAY (June 3, 2020):

The Allen County Health Department is reporting another jump in cases and deaths related to the COVID-19.

The Allen County Health Department is reporting 75 deaths as a result of the new coronavirus to date. ACHD’s reporting is different than ISDH, Allen County currently says there are 1,692 cases.

TUESDAY (June 2, 2020):

The Indiana State Department of Health is reporting 1,711 cases of COVID-19 in our area.

The Allen County Health Department is reporting 72 deaths as a result of the new coronavirus to date.

ISDH says 11,976 tests have been performed in Allen County to date. An increase of 501 tests reported.

MONDAY (June 1, 2020):

The Indiana State Department of Health is reporting 1,662 cases of COVID-19 in our area.

The Allen County Health Department is reporting 71 deaths as a result of the new coronavirus to date.

ISDH says 11,475 tests have been performed in Allen County to date. There were only 328 tests reported in Allen County on Sunday.

SUNDAY (May 31, 2020):

The Indiana State Department of Health is reporting 1,618 cases of COVID-19 in our area.

The Allen County Health Department had not updated information as of noon on Sunday.  They are reporting 71 deaths as a result of the new coronavirus in our area.

ISDH says 11,147 tests have been performed in Allen County to date. There were only 180 tests reported in Allen County on Saturday.

SATURDAY (May 30, 2020): Friday’s reporting numbers saw a spike not yet seen before in Allen County.

The Indiana State Department of Health is reporting 1,600 cases of COVID-19 in our area. According to their data, that is an increase of 149 in just 24 hours.

The Allen County Health Department had not updated information as of noon on Saturday.  They are reporting 71 deaths as a result of the new coronavirus in our area.

ISDH says 10,967 tests have been performed in Allen County to date.

FRIDAY (MAY 29, 2020):

The Allen County Health Department is reporting 1,438 positive cases of the novel coronavirus in our area. And today we learned that it has taken the lives of 2 more local residents. That brings the total number of local deaths to 71.

While the Indiana State Department of Health says they have verified 1,451 positive cases of the COVI-19 in our area.

ISD says over 9,600 have been given in Allen County to date.

THURSDAY (May 28, 2020):

There are now over 1,400 positive cases of the novel coronavirus in our area. And today we learned that it has taken the lives of 3 more local residents.

The Allen County Health Department is reporting the total number to be 1,407 cases. While the Indiana State Department of Health says they have verified 1,419 positive cases of the COVI-19 in our area.

ISD says over 9,500 have been given in Allen County to date.

WEDNESDAY (May 27, 2020):

There are now over 1,350 positive cases of the novel coronavirus in our area.

The Allen County Health Department is reporting 66 deaths.

The Indiana State Department of Health says 9,046 tests have been given in Allen County to date.

 

TUESDAY (May 26, 2020):

There are now over 1,300 positive cases of the novel coronavirus in our area.

The Allen County Health Department is reporting 66 deaths.

The Indiana State Department of Health says 8,785 tests have been given in Allen County to date.

MONDAY (May 25, 2020):

The Indiana State Department of Health says there are 1,277 cases of COVID-19 in Allen County.  To date, 66 people have died in our area.

ISDH says 8,488 tests have been given in Allen County to date.

 

SUNDAY (May 24, 2020):

The Indiana State Department of Health says there are 1,240 cases of COVID-19 in Allen County.  To date, 65 people have died in our area.

ISDH says 8,184 tests have been given in Allen County to date.

SATURDAY (May 23, 2020):

The Indiana State Department of Health says there are 1,213 cases of COVID-19 in Allen County.  To date, 65 people have died in our area.

ISDH says 8,039 tests have been given in Allen County to date.

FRIDAY (May 22, 2020):

The Allen County Health Department is now reporting 1,182 positive cases of the novel coronavirus.

The Allen County Health Department is reporting 65 deaths in our area.

The Indiana State Department of Health says 7,860 tests have been given in Allen County to date.

THURSDAY (May 21, 2020):

The Indiana State Department of Health says there are 1,139 cases of the novel coronavirus in the area.

Both the Allen County Health Department and ISDH are reporting 65 deaths in Allen County.

The Indiana State Department of Health says 7.527 tests have been given in Allen County to date.

 

WEDNESDAY (May 20, 2020):

The Indiana State Department of Health says there are 1,106 cases of the novel coronavirus in the area.

Both the Allen County Health Department and ISDH are reporting 65 deaths in Allen County.

The Indiana State Department of Health says 7.018 tests have been given in Allen County to date.

TUESDAY (May 19, 2020):

The Allen County Health Department is now reporting 1,044 positive cases of the novel coronavirus.

The Allen County Health Department is reporting 65 deaths in our area.

MONDAY (May 18, 2020):

The Allen County Health Department is now reporting 1,023 positive cases of the novel coronavirus.

The Allen County Health Department is reporting 65 deaths in our area.

SUNDAY (May 17, 2020):

The Indiana State Department of Health says there are 996 cases of the novel coronavirus in the area.

The Allen County Health Department had not updated their daily count as of 5:10 p.m. on Sunday.

Numbers from the state and local health departments vary but we know that between 61 and 65 people have died of COVID-19 in Allen County to date.

The Indiana State Department of Health says 6,256 tests have been given in Allen County to date.

SATURDAY (May 16, 2020):

The Allen County Health Department is now reporting 982 positive cases of the novel coronavirus.

The Allen County Health Department is reporting 65 deaths in our area.

The Indiana State Department of Health says 6,124 tests have been given in Allen County to date.

Beginning this week, more than two dozen additional testing sites will open around the state as part of Indiana’s large-scale testing effort for COVID-19. Locations and registration have been added to the COVID-19 testing map. Counties include Jasper, Marshall, Noble, Lagrange, Allen, Fountain-Warren, Clinton, Boone, Hancock, Hamilton, Marion, Randolph, Grant, Howard, Parke, Putnam, Greene, Lawrence, Jackson, Monroe, Clark, Decatur, Dearborn, Ripley, Harrison, Posey and Perry. Additional sites will be added once locations are finalized.

A complete list of testing sites around the state can be found on the COVID-19 testing link here.

FRIDAY (May 15, 2020):

The Allen County Health Department is now reporting 957 positive cases of the novel coronavirus, a jump of 41.

The Allen County Health Department is reporting 64 deaths in our area.

The Indiana State Department of Health says 5,966 tests have been given in Allen County to date.

Beginning this week, more than two dozen additional testing sites will open around the state as part of Indiana’s large-scale testing effort for COVID-19. Locations and registration have been added to the COVID-19 testing map. Counties include Jasper, Marshall, Noble, Lagrange, Allen, Fountain-Warren, Clinton, Boone, Hancock, Hamilton, Marion, Randolph, Grant, Howard, Parke, Putnam, Greene, Lawrence, Jackson, Monroe, Clark, Decatur, Dearborn, Ripley, Harrison, Posey and Perry. Additional sites will be added once locations are finalized.

A complete list of testing sites around the state can be found on the COVID-19 testing link here.

THURSDAY (MAY 14, 2020):

The Allen County Health Department is now reporting 916 positive cases of the novel coronavirus, a jump of 46.

The Allen County Health Department is reporting 64 deaths in our area.

The Indiana State Department of Health says5,786 tests have been given in Allen County to date.

Beginning yesterday, more than two dozen additional testing sites will open around the state as part of Indiana’s large-scale testing effort for COVID-19. Locations and registration have been added to the COVID-19 testing map. Counties include Jasper, Marshall, Noble, Lagrange, Allen, Fountain-Warren, Clinton, Boone, Hancock, Hamilton, Marion, Randolph, Grant, Howard, Parke, Putnam, Greene, Lawrence, Jackson, Monroe, Clark, Decatur, Dearborn, Ripley, Harrison, Posey and Perry. Additional sites will be added once locations are finalized.

A complete list of testing sites around the state can be found on the COVID-19 testing link here.

TUESDAY (May 12, 2020):

The Allen County Health Department is now reporting 870 positive cases of the novel coronavirus.

The Allen County Health Department is reporting 61 deaths in our area.

The Indiana State Department of Health says 5,501 tests have been given in Allen County to date.

Beginning Wednesday, nearly two dozen additional testing sites will open around the state as part of Indiana’s large-scale testing effort for COVID-19. Locations and registration will be added to the COVID-19 testing map. Counties include Noble, Lagrange, and Allen. Additional sites will be added once locations are finalized.

Individuals who have symptoms of COVID-19 and those who have been exposed and need a test to return to work are encouraged to visit a testing site. Individuals without symptoms who are at high risk because they are over age 65, have diabetes, obesity, high blood pressure or another underlying condition, as well as those who are pregnant or a member of a minority population that’s at greater risk for severe illness, also are encouraged to get tested.

Individuals should bring proof of Indiana residency such as a state-issued ID, work ID or utility bill. This testing is free.

A complete list of testing sites around the state can be found on the COVID-19 testing link here.

 

WEDNESDDAY (May 13, 2020):

The Allen County Health Department is now reporting 870 positive cases of the novel coronavirus.

The Allen County Health Department is reporting 61 deaths in our area.

The Indiana State Department of Health says 5,535 tests have been given in Allen County to date.

Beginning today, more than two dozen additional testing sites will open around the state as part of Indiana’s large-scale testing effort for COVID-19. Locations and registration have been added to the COVID-19 testing map. Counties include Jasper, Marshall, Noble, Lagrange, Allen, Fountain-Warren, Clinton, Boone, Hancock, Hamilton, Marion, Randolph, Grant, Howard, Parke, Putnam, Greene, Lawrence, Jackson, Monroe, Clark, Decatur, Dearborn, Ripley, Harrison, Posey and Perry. Additional sites will be added once locations are finalized.

TUESDAY (May 12, 2020):

The Allen County Health Department is now reporting 870 positive cases of the novel coronavirus.

The Allen County Health Department is reporting 61 deaths in our area.

The Indiana State Department of Health says 5,501 tests have been given in Allen County to date.

Beginning Wednesday, nearly two dozen additional testing sites will open around the state as part of Indiana’s large-scale testing effort for COVID-19. Locations and registration will be added to the COVID-19 testing map. Counties include Noble, Lagrange, and Allen. Additional sites will be added once locations are finalized.

Individuals who have symptoms of COVID-19 and those who have been exposed and need a test to return to work are encouraged to visit a testing site. Individuals without symptoms who are at high risk because they are over age 65, have diabetes, obesity, high blood pressure or another underlying condition, as well as those who are pregnant or a member of a minority population that’s at greater risk for severe illness, also are encouraged to get tested.

Individuals should bring proof of Indiana residency such as a state-issued ID, work ID or utility bill. This testing is free.

A complete list of testing sites around the state can be found on the COVID-19 testing link here.

MONDAY (May 11, 2020):

The Allen County Health Department is now reporting 824 positive cases of the novel coronavirus.

The Allen County Health Department is reporting 61 deaths in our area.

The Indiana State Department of Health says 5,392 tests have been given in Allen County to date.

SUNDAY (May 10, 2020):

The Indiana State Department of Health says Allen County has 816 positive cases of the novel coronavirus to date.

The Allen County Health Department is reporting 60 deaths in our area. ACHD had not updated case counts or deaths yet today.

ISDH says 5,173 tests have been given in Allen County to date.

SATURDAY (May 9, 2020):

The Indiana State Department of Health says Allen County has 800 positive cases of the novel coronavirus to date.

The Allen County Health Department is reporting 60 deaths in our area. ACHD had not updated case counts or deaths as of 6:40 p.m. today.

ISDH says 4,866 tests have been given in Allen County to date.

FRIDAY (May 8, 2020):

The Allen County Health Department is now reporting 770 positive cases of the novel coronavirus.

The Allen County Health Department is reporting four new deaths in the last 24 hours. That brings the death toll to 60 in our area.

The Indiana State Department of Health says 5,019 tests have been given in Allen County to date.

THURSDAY (May 7, 2020):

The Allen County Health Department is now reporting 750 positive cases of the novel coronavirus.

The Allen County Health Department is reporting four new deaths in the last 24 hours. That brings the death toll to 59 in our area.

The Indiana State Department of Health says 4,676 tests have been given in Allen County to date.

WEDNESDAY (May 6, 2020):

The Allen County Health Department is now reporting 729 positive cases of the novel coronavirus.

The Allen County Health Department is reporting four new deaths in the last 24 hours. That brings the death toll to 59 in our area.

The Indiana State Department of Health says 4,505 tests have been given in Allen County to date.

TUESDAY (May 5, 2020):

The Allen County Health Department is now reporting 688 positive cases of the novel coronavirus.

The Allen County Health Department is reporting four new deaths in the last 24 hours. That brings the death toll to 59 in our area.

The Indiana State Department of Health says 4,438 tests have been given in Allen County to date.

MONDAY (May 4, 2020):

The Indiana State Department of Health says Allen County has seen an increase of COVID-19 cases. ISDH is reporting 664 positive tests in the county.

Marion County had the most new cases, at 154. Other counties with more than 10 new cases were Allen (46), Carroll (15), Cass (78), Elkhart (13), Hamilton (21), Hendricks (10), Howard (11), Johnson (12), Lake (61), Madison (11), St. Joseph (10), Steuben (15), Tippecanoe (29) and White (14). The Lake County totals include results from East Chicago and Gary, which have their own health departments.

The Allen County Health Department is reporting 657 cases and 55 deaths.

ISDH says they have conducted 4,378 tests in Allen County to date.

SUNDAY (May 3, 2020):

The Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH) today reported that there are now 619 cases of COVID-19 in Allen County. This is different than the 612 cases our local health department is reporting.

The number from ISDH marks 19 new patients diagnosed through testing at the Indiana State Department of Health, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The Allen County Health Department is reporting 55 deaths to date from the novel coronavirus.

ISDH says 4,225 people have been tested in Allen County to date.

SATURDAY (May 2, 2020):

The Allen County Health Department is now reporting a jump in new cases of the novel coronavirus as well as deaths.  New numbers bring their positive case count to 594.

The Allen County Health Department, which reports Allen County’s case count at 600, is reporting 54 deaths. ISDH says 4,047 tests have been given to date in Allen County.

 

FRIDAY (May 1, 2020):

The Allen County Health Department is now reporting a jump in new cases of the novel coronavirus as well as deaths.  New numbers bring their positive case count to 579.

The Allen County Health Department is reporting 50 deaths. ISDH says 3,818 tests have been given to date in Allen County.

 

THURSDAY (April 30, 2020):

The Allen County Health Department is now reporting a jump in new cases of the novel coronavirus as well as deaths.  New numbers bring their positive case count to 558.

The Allen County Health Department is reporting 49 deaths. ISDH says 3,648 tests have been given to date in Allen County.

WEDNESDAY (April 29, 2020):

The Allen County Health Department is now reporting a jump in new cases of the novel coronavirus as well as deaths.  New numbers bring their positive case count to 533.

The Allen County Health Department is reporting 48 deaths. ISDH says 3,557 tests have been given to date in Allen County.

TUESDAY (April 28, 2020):

The Allen County Health Department is now reporting 514 positive cases of the novel coronavirus.

The Allen County Health Department is reporting two new deaths in the last 24 hours. That brings the death toll to 41.

MONDAY (April 27, 2020):

The Allen County Health Department is now reporting a jump in new cases of the novel coronavirus.  New numbers bring their positive case count to 492.

The Allen County Health Department is reporting 39 deaths. That number reflects 9 3more than the Indiana State Department of Health’s data.

ISDH says 3,372 tests have been given to date in Allen County.

SUNDAY (April 26, 2020):

The Allen County Health Department is now reporting 20 new cases of the novel coronavirus.  That brings their positive case count to 446.

The Allen County Health Department is reporting 36 deaths. That number reflects 9 more than the Indiana State Department of Health’s data.

ISDH says 3,239 tests have been given to date in Allen County.

SATURDAY (April 25, 2020):

The Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH) says there are currently 427 positive cases of COVID-19 in Allen County (ACHD says there are 426).

The Allen County Health Department is reporting 10 more deaths than ISDH.  Those 10 of the 36 reported by Allen County (ACHD) have presumably not been confirmed by ISDH.

The Indiana State Department of Health says 3,113 tests have been given to date in Allen County.

FRIDAY (April 24, 2020):

There have now been 35 deaths in Allen County, Indiana due to the novel coronavirus.  The Allen County Health Department is now reporting 416 cases of COVID-19.

The Indiana State Department of Health says 2,772 tests have been given to date in Allen County.

THURSDAY (April 23, 2020):

There have now been 32 deaths in Allen County, Indiana due to the novel coronavirus.  The Allen County Health Department is reporting that number while the state of Indiana is reporting only 22 deaths.

41 new cases in the last 24-hour reporting period mark 391 positive cases of COVID-19.

The Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH) says 2,703 tests have been given to date in Allen County.

WEDNESDAY (April 22, 2020):

There have now been 32 deaths in Allen County, Indiana due to the novel coronavirus.  The Allen County Health Department says there are 350 cases in our area.

The Indiana State Department of Health says 2,432 tests have been given to date in Allen County.

TUESDAY (April 21, 2020):

There have now been 31 deaths in Allen County, Indiana.  The Allen County Health Department says there are 339 cases of the novel coronavirus in our area.

The Indiana State Department of Health says 2,354 tests have been given to date in Allen County.

MONDAY (April 20, 2020):

There have now been 27 deaths in Allen County, Indiana.  The Allen County Health Department says there are 327 cases of the novel coronavirus in our area.

The Indiana State Department of Health says 2,181 tests have been given to date in Allen County.

SUNDAY (April 19, 2020):

There have now been 23 deaths in Allen County, Indiana.  The Allen County Health Department says there are 314 cases of the novel coronavirus in our area.

According to the Indiana State Department of Health, 2,354 tests have been given in Allen County to date.

SATURDAY (April 18, 2020):

There have now been 21 deaths in Allen County, Indiana.  The Allen County Health Department says there are 295 cases of the novel coronavirus in our area.

According to the Indiana State Department of Health, 1,603 tests have been given in Allen County to date.

FRIDAY (April 17, 2020):

There have now been 21 deaths in Allen County, Indiana.  The Allen County Health Department says there are 281 cases of the novel coronavirus in our area.

According to the Indiana State Department of Health, 1,477 tests have been given in Allen County to date.

THURSDAY (April 16, 2020):

There are now 231 cases of the novel coronavirus in Allen County. Sadly, the health department says 19 of those cases have been fatal.

According to the Indiana State Department of Health, 1,314 tests have been given in Allen County to date.

WEDNESDAY (April 15, 2020):

The Allen County Health Department now says 196 positive tests have been reported. New data shows that 18 people have died throughout the county.

TUESDAY (April 14, 2020):

The Allen County Health Department now says 171 positive tests have been reported. New data shows that 17 people have died throughout the county.

According to the Indiana State Department of Health, 999 tests have been given in Allen County to date. If accurate, that means Allen County conducted 191 tests during this 24-hour reporting period – a big step from only 11 the previous day.

MONDAY (April 13, 2020):

The Allen County Health Department now says 14 residents have died from COVID-19. 165 positive tests have been reported.

According to the Indiana State Department of Health, 808 tests were given in Allen County to date. If accurate, that means Allen County conducted only 11 tests during this 24-hour reporting period.

SUNDAY (April 12, 2020):

The Allen County Health Department now says 12 residents have died from COVID-19. 156 positive tests have been reported.

According to the Indiana State Department of Health, 797 tests were given in Allen County to date. If accurate, that means Allen County conducted only 52 tests during this 24-hour reporting period

SATURDAY (April 11, 2020):

The Allen County Health Department now says 12 residents have died from COVID-19. 142 positive tests have been reported.

According to the Indiana State Department of Health, 745 tests were given in Allen County to date. If accurate, that means Allen County conducted only 48 tests during this 24-hour reporting period

FRIDAY (April 10, 2020):

The Allen County Health Department now says nine residents have died from COVID-19.

129 positive tests have been reported. According to the Indiana State Department of Health, 697 tests were given in Allen County to date. If accurate, that means Allen County conducted only 34 tests during this 24-hour reporting period.

THURSDAY (April 9, 2020): The Allen County Health Department now says nine residents have died from COVID-19.

112 positive tests have been reported. According to the Indiana State Department of Health, 663 tests were given in Allen County to date. If accurate, that means Allen County conducted only 27 tests during this 24-hour reporting period.

WEDNESDAY (April 8, 2020):

The Allen County Health Department reports that seven people in our area have died from the novel coronavirus.  The confirmed case number now stands at 98.

TUESDAY (April 7, 2020):

The Allen County Health Department reports that six people in our area have died from the novel coronavirus.  The confirmed case number now stands at 90.

MONDAY (April 6, 2020):

The Allen County Health Department now says that six people in our area have died from the novel coronavirus.  The confirmed case number now stands at 87.

According to the Indiana State Department of Health, Allen County has conducted 547 tests.

COVID-19 testing is still limited and the confirmation of positive cases in our community does not mean everyone needs to be tested, McMahan said. The community is strongly encouraged to follow the Department’s recommendations to call their doctor for further instruction if they have a fever 100 degrees F or higher and a cough

Symptoms of COVID-19 include fever, cough and shortness of breath. Like other human coronaviruses, COVID-19 is most commonly believed to spread from an infected person to others through:

  • Respiratory droplets released into the air by coughing and sneezing;
  • Close personal contact, such as touching or shaking hands;
  • Touching an object or surface with the virus on it, then touching your mouth, nose, or eyes before washing your hands; and rarely, fecal contamination

The Indiana State Department of Health updates the state case count on their website.

SUNDAY (April 5, 2020):

The Allen County Health Department now says a fourth person in the county has died from the novel coronavirus.  The confirmed case number now stands at 76.

According to the Indiana State Department of Health, Allen County, Allen County has done just shy of 500 tests.

SATURDAY (APRIL 4, 2020):

It seems the ISDH and Allen County differ on confirmed cases in our community.

The Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH) today announced that Allen County has 59 confirmed cases of COVID-19. ISDH says 471 tests have been given.

The Allen County Health Department is still reporting 57 cases of COVID-19.  This number also reflects two deaths. It appears that the website hasn’t been updated since 8:30 a.m. on Friday. Allen County does not say how many tests have been done.

FRIDAY (April 3, 2020):

The Indiana State Department of Health has now updated its statewide dashboard.  It is their database of information that can be shared about the novel coronavirus.

After many questions, we now know the number of tests that have been given in Allen County.

 

The Allen County Health Department is now reporting 57 cases of COVID-19.  This number also reflects two deaths.

THURSDAY (April 2, 2020):

The Allen County Health Department is now reporting 51 cases of COVID-19.  This number also reflects two deaths.

WEDNESDAY (April 1, 2020):

The Allen County Health Department is now reporting 46 cases of COVID-19.  This number also reflects two deaths.

TUESDAY (March 31, 2020):

The Allen County Health Department is now reporting 36 cases of COVID-19.  This number also reflects two deaths.

MONDAY (March 30, 2020):

The Allen County Health Department is now reporting 30 cases of COVID-19.  This number also reflects one death.

SUNDAY (March 29, 2020):

The Allen County Health Department is now reporting 26 cases of COVID-19.  This number also reflects one death.

FRIDAY (March 27, 2020):

The Allen County Health Department is now reporting 22 cases of COVID-19.  This number also reflects one death.

UPDATE (March 26, 2020):

The Allen County Health Department says that the number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the county has doubled.  The count stands now at 19 positive tests and one fatality.

You can find more at the new website that was set up by the Allen County Department of Health.

UPDATE (March 25, 2020):

Allen County is now reporting 8 confirmed cases of COVID-19.

UPDATE (March 24, 2020):

Allen County is now reporting 7 confirmed cases of COVID-19.

ORIGINAL STORY:

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (ADAMS) – Allen County has now reported it’s first death as a result of coronavirus.

The Allen County Department of Health announced Sunday night that an Allen County resident has passed away due to COVID-19. The patient was described as an older adult who had been hospitalized as a COVID-19 patient and also had a history of chronic health issues.

A new website was set up by the Allen County Department of Health.

According to the page, there are now six cases of COVID-19 in Allen County. It also stipulates, that “because of a delay in private lab reporting to the state, the case count provided by the Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH) may not always immediately match Allen County’s case numbers.”

“The COVID-19 virus has been making its way around the world since late last year, so this should not come as a surprise,” said Allen County Health Commissioner Dr. Deborah McMahan. “These cases just confirm what we have been learning: this virus easily spreads from person-to-person, and the actions taken to slow its pace will allow our healthcare workers to continue to providing care to trauma, significant chronic conditions, acute issues like heart attacks in addition to respiratory infections like flu and COVID-19.”

COVID-19 testing is still limited and the confirmation of positive cases in our community does not mean everyone needs to be tested, McMahan said. The community is strongly encouraged to follow the Department’s recommendations to call their doctor for further instruction if they have a fever 100 degrees F or higher and a cough

Symptoms of COVID-19 include fever, cough and shortness of breath. Like other human coronaviruses, COVID-19 is most commonly believed to spread from an infected person to others through:

  • Respiratory droplets released into the air by coughing and sneezing;
  • Close personal contact, such as touching or shaking hands;
  • Touching an object or surface with the virus on it, then touching your mouth, nose, or eyes before washing your hands; and rarely, fecal contamination

The virus, which was declared a pandemic by the World Health Organization on March 11, was first identified in Wuhan City, Hubei Province, China in late 2019. The Indiana State Department of Health updates the state case count on their website.