INDIANA (WFIE) - The Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH) announced on Sunday that two more Hoosiers have died after testing positive for COVID-19, bringing the total number of Indiana deaths related to the coronavirus to six.
Those two patients were both adult residents of Scott and Marion Counties. ISDH says both were over the age of 50 and had underlying medical conditions.
The Indiana Health Department updated coronavirus numbers on their website Sunday, showing 76 new cases with a total of 201 positive cases in the state.
It also shows one of those cases is in Dubois County.
Officials for the Dubois County Health Department told 14 News on Sunday they have been regularly communicating with one another throughout the day.
Dr. Ted Waflart posted the following video on the Dubois County Health Department’s Facebook page on Sunday afternoon.
Waflart says the health department has issued an investigation, and will only notify people and businesses that have had close contact with the presumptive case.
“We anticipate daily total positive cases and total tested numbers to rise shortly in the coming weeks due to the increase in testing capacity," Waflart said.
While informing the public about the county’s first confirmed COVID-19 case, Waflart encouraged residents to stay calm and take extra precautions. He urged people to implement some preventive measures into their daily routine, like staying home as much as possible, social distancing themselves at least six feet away from others, washing their hands frequently and avoid touching their face.
Waflart ended his statement by telling people to keep their spirits up during this difficult time.
Meanwhile, officials are asking those who have any questions to either check out the Dubois County Health Department website or call them at (812) 481-7050.
The new cases involve residents of Bartholomew (4), Boone (1), Delaware (1), Dubois (1), Floyd (1), Franklin (2), Grant (1), Hamilton (8), Hancock (2), Hendricks (2), Howard (1), Johnson (5), Lake (3), Madison (1), Marion (35), Monroe (1) Morgan (1), Putnam (1), Ripley (1), St. Joseph (2), Scott (1) and Tipton (1) counties.
Dubois County officials released a statement:
Indiana Department of Health announced today the first presumptive positive case of novel coronavirus (COVID-19) in Dubois County.
The Dubois County Health Department has been expecting this and is prepared to respond. We ask our residents to be calm and focus on doing their part to mitigate the spread of this virus. The Dubois County Health Department’s highest concern is for the health and well being of everyone in our county. We continue to work timelessly for all of you, “said Dr. Ted Waflart, Dubois County Health Officer.
Dubois County Health Department is working closely with the local and state officials to ensure that contacts of the patient are identified and monitored and that all infection control protocols are being followed.
The patient is in isolated. No additional information about the patient will be released due to privacy laws.
Human coronaviruses most commonly 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 best way to protect yourself from any respiratory illness, including the flu, is to:
• Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
• Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
• Avoid close contact (within 6 feet) with people who are sick.
• Stay home when you are sick.
• Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
• Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
The CDC does not recommend that people who are well wear a facemask to protect themselves from respiratory illnesses, including COVID-19. You should only wear a mask if a healthcare professional recommends it. A facemask should be used by people who have COVID-19 and are showing symptoms to protect others from the risk of infection.
The Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH) will provide updates as new information becomes available. Visit the ISDH website at in.gov/coronavirus for the most up-to-date information on COVID-19 in Indiana.
The Dubois County Health Department is committed to prevention efforts that promote and protect our communities health by serving with dedication, respect, and responsibility.
Officials in Scott County said a resident there became the state’s 5th coronavirus death.