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4/2/2020
HEALTH DEPARTMENT ANNOUNCES 13 NEW COVID-19 DEATHS,
UPDATES STATEWIDE CASE COUNT

INDIANAPOLIS The Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH) today announced that 474 additional Hoosiers have been diagnosed with COVID-19 through testing at ISDH, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and private laboratories. That brings to 3,039 the total number of Indiana residents known to have the novel coronavirus following corrections to the previous days total.



Seventy-eight Hoosiers have died to date. Deaths are reported based on when data are received by ISDH and occurred over multiple days.



To date, 16,285 tests have been reported to ISDH, up from 14,375 on Wednesday.



Marion County had the most new cases, at 192. Other counties with more than 10 new cases were Decatur (10), Clark (11), Floyd (13), Hamilton (21), Hendricks (24) and Lake (28). Cases are listed by county of residence. Private lab reporting may be delayed and will be reflected in the map and count when results are received at ISDH.



4/1/2020
The Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH) today announced that 409 additional Hoosiers have been diagnosed with COVID-19 through testing at ISDH, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and private laboratories. That brings to 2,565 the total number of Indiana residents known to have the novel coronavirus following corrections to the previous days total.

Sixty-five Hoosiers have died to date. Deaths have occurred over multiple days and are reported based on when data are received by ISDH.

To date, 14,375 tests have been reported to ISDH, up from 13,373 on Tuesday.

Marion County had the most new cases, at 159. Other counties with more than 10 new cases were Hamilton (49), Hendricks (21), Johnson (17) and Lake (25).

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3/31/2020
The COVID-19 Hotline in Decatur County is 812-560-5450 That's the number to call if you are experiencing symptoms.

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March 24, 2020

HEALTH DEPARTMENT ANNOUNCES 5 NEW COVID-19


DEATHS, UPDATES STATEWIDE CASE COUNT

INDIANAPOLIS The Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH) today reported 107 new positive cases of COVID-19, bringing to 365 the number of Hoosiers diagnosed through ISDH, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and private laboratories. Twelve Hoosiers have died.
A total of 2,931 tests have been reported to ISDH to date, up from 1,960 on Monday.

Marion County had the most new cases, at 51. Private lab reporting may be delayed and will be reflected in the map and count when results are received at ISDH.

The dashboard also has been updated to remove a previously counted case in Hancock County that was erroneously reported to ISDH as a positive and to shift the county of residence for three others, giving Brown County its first case, moving one case from Hancock to Hamilton County and moving a Wayne County case to Fayette County.

Additional updates on the states response to the COVID-19 outbreak may be provided later today



March 22, 2020

Health Department Updates COVID-19 Case Count


INDIANAPOLIS The Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH) today reported 76 new positive cases of COVID-19, bringing to 201 the number of Hoosiers diagnosed through ISDH, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and private laboratories. Four Hoosiers have died.

A total of 661 results were reported, bringing to 1,494 the number of tests reported to ISDH to date.

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.



March 21

Health Department announces 4th COVID-19 death in Indiana

The Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH) today confirmed the fourth Indiana death from COVID-19. The patient is a Delaware County adult over age 60 who had been hospitalized. No additional information about the patient will be released due to privacy laws.

The death was first announced by the Delaware County Health Department.

As of today, 126 Hoosiers have contracted COVID-19. All but one are adults.

COVID-19 is a respiratory illness caused by a novel, or new, coronavirus that has not been previously identified. The virus causing COVID-19 is not the same as the coronaviruses that commonly circulate among humans and cause mild illness, like the common cold.


March 21
INDIANAPOLIS The Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH) today reported 47 new positive cases of COVID-19, bringing to 126 the number of Hoosiers diagnosed through ISDH, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and private laboratories. Three Hoosiers have died.

In total, 833 Hoosiers have been tested, including 279 who were tested in the last 24 hours.

The new cases involve residents of Allen (3), Clark (3), Delaware (1), Elkhart (1), Greene (1), Hamilton (5), Hancock (1), Harrison (1), Hendricks (2), Howard (1), Johnson (2), Lake (1), LaPorte (1), Marion (22), Scott (1) and Vigo (1) counties.



March 20

The Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH) today announced that a third Hoosier has died of COVID-19. The patient is an adult resident of Marion County over age 60 who had been hospitalized.

ISDH reported 23 new cases of COVID-19 today, bringing to 79 the number of Hoosiers diagnosed through ISDH, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and private laboratories. All but one are adults.

Losing a loved one is devastating, and its troubling to see the toll that COVID-19 is taking on elderly residents here in Indiana and across the country, said State Health Commissioner Kris Box, M.D., FACOG. I implore Hoosiers to continue to stay home if theyre sick and practice social distancing so that we can halt the spread of this virus and protect the most vulnerable among us.

COVID-19 is a respiratory illness caused by a novel, or new, coronavirus that has not been previously identified. The virus causing COVID-19 is not the same as the coronaviruses that commonly circulate among humans and cause mild illness, like the common cold. There is no vaccine and no treatment. 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 ways to protect yourself are to wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, avoid touching your face with unwashed hands, avoid close contact with people who are sick, stay home when youre sick, cover your cough or sneeze and 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.




March 19

The Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH) today reported 17 new positive cases of COVID-19, bringing to 56 the number of Hoosiers diagnosed through ISDH, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and private laboratories. Two Hoosiers have died.


The new cases involve residents of Howard (3), Lake (1), Marion (8), Owen (1), St. Joseph (2), Tippecanoe (1) and Wayne (1) counties


March 18: COVID-19 update from ISDH

INDIANAPOLIS The Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH) today reported nine new positive cases of COVID-19, bringing to 39 the number of Hoosiers diagnosed through ISDH, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and private laboratories. Two Hoosiers have died.

The new cases involve residents of Clark (1), Fayette (1), Hamilton (1), Hendricks (1), Jennings (1), Lake (1), Madison (1) and Marion (2) counties.



INDIANAPOLIS The Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH) today announced that a second Hoosier has died from COVID-19. The patient is a Johnson County adult over age 60 who had been hospitalized. No further information about the patient will be released due to privacy laws.


ISDH has received six new positive cases of COVID-19, bringing to 30 the number of Hoosiers diagnosed through ISDH, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and private laboratories. The new cases involve residents of Lake (2), Franklin (2) and Marion (2) counties.


- As of Monday, March 16th at 10:00 a.m., 24 people in Indiana have tested positive for the COVID-19, there have been 130 Hoosiers tested for COVID-19. There have no deaths reported in Indiana.

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From the CDC:
Large events and mass gatherings can contribute to the spread of COVID-19 in the United States via travelers who attend these events and introduce the virus to new communities. Examples of large events and mass gatherings include conferences, festivals, parades, concerts, sporting events, weddings, and other types of assemblies. These events can be planned not only by organizations and communities but also by individuals.

Therefore, CDC, in accordance with its guidance for large events and mass gatherings, recommends that for the next 8 weeks, organizers (whether groups or individuals) cancel or postpone in-person events that consist of 50 people or more throughout the United States.

Events of any size should only be continued if they can be carried out with adherence to guidelines for protecting vulnerable populations, hand hygiene, and social distancing. When feasible, organizers could modify events to be virtual.

This recommendation does not apply to the day to day operation of organizations such as schools, institutes of higher learning, or businesses. This recommendation is made in an attempt to reduce introduction of the virus into new communities and to slow the spread of infection in communities already affected by the virus. This recommendation is not intended to supersede the advice of local public health officials.

The CDC advises people to stay home and limit contact with others if they think they might be mildly sick with the virus. If symptoms become more severe, call ahead before entering a healthcare facility. If you have a medical emergency, call 911. The CDC says to notify dispatch personnel that you have or might have COVID-19 before first responders arrive.




SUNDAY, MARCH 15

10:00 a.m.

The Indiana State Department of Health released new COVID-19 Sunday morning. There are 19 confirmed cases, up from 15 on Saturday.

The ISDH reports it has tested 121 people for the virus.

State Health Commissioner Kris Box said Friday that more than 60,000 Hoosiers likely have the virus.


March 14: COVID-19 update from ISDH

INDIANAPOLIS The Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH) today reported three new presumptive positive cases of COVID-19, bringing to 15 the number of Hoosiers diagnosed through ISDH, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and private laboratories. All but one are adults.

The new cases involve residents of Marion, LaPorte and Wells counties and have been included on ISDHs online dashboard at in.gov/coronavirus. The dashboard is updated daily at 10 a.m. Other counties with positive cases are Adams, Boone, Hendricks, Howard, Johnson, Noble and St. Joseph.

ISDH continues to work with local health departments to identify close contacts of the existing patients and ensure that infection-control protocols, such as self-isolation and monitoring for symptoms, are implemented.

Other developments:
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has updated its nursing home visitation guidance. This guidance requires facilities to restrict all visitors and non-essential healthcare personnel, except for compassionate care situations such as end-of-life situations.


The CDC has posted new guidance for schools and childcare facilities, including a decision tree to help school officials reduce the risk of illness.


The ISDH lab continues to prioritize testing for individuals who are at high risk.
Individuals who do not meet those criteria are encouraged to consult their healthcare provider about private testing. Most people with COVID-19 will develop mild symptoms and do not need to be tested.


The ISDH call center is experiencing extremely high call volume.
The ISDH general call center number is 317-233-7125. Calls after 8 p.m. should go to 317-233-1325 and will be answered by an on-call epidemiologist. Call center staff will not offer personal medical advice or provide test results. If you are sick, consult your healthcare provider.



3/13//220 Gov. Holcomb Signs Executive Order to Speed Up Deliveries to Retailers

INDIANAPOLIS Governor Eric J. Holcomb signed an executive order to lift regulations on commercial vehicles transporting goods to retailers, some of which are running short on supplies.
Drivers of commercial vehicles, including those who deliver food, goods and items to Indiana businesses for purchase or use by Hoosiers as well as delivery of items for emergency preparedness, are limited by in the number of hours they can work in a single day. This waives those regulations.

3/13/2020 - Governor Holcomb announces additional actions -

INDIANAPOLIS Governor Eric J. Holcomb today announced additional steps the state is taking to help Hoosiers who are impacted by the novel coronavirus COVID-19 to reduce the spread of the virus. As of noon today, the state has 12 Hoosiers who have tested presumptively positive for COVID-19.

Under Gov. Holcombs direction:

All state agencies are evaluating rules and regulations that should be suspended or modified to assist Hoosiers during this public emergency.

Hoosiers who need to renew their Medicaid eligibility will get more time to complete the process. No services will be interrupted.

Family Social Services Administration (FSSA) has asked federal officials to approve a request to temporarily waive the renewal process for Hoosiers who need SNAPor TANF benefits.

Hoosiers on Medicaid will not pay co-pays for COVID-19 testing. More information is here.

Hoosiers on Medicaid can get 90-day refills of medication for chronic conditions.

State officials are collaborating with the Indiana Department of Education to discuss solutions regarding student assessments and meals for children whose schools have closed. DOE issued this guidance for schools regarding the 20-day waiver of the required 180 instructional days that Gov. Holcomb announced on Thursday.

FSSA has given daycares specific guidance to protect children in their care. The latest guidance is here.

Community meals for senior citizens are being converted to home meal deliveries. Local partners, such as Area Agencies on Aging, have been given funding flexibility to cover the added costs of delivering meals. Thousands of meals are being served daily.

Every community has a child care resource and referral agency to connect parents with local child care options and provide referrals for support. Families can find their local Child Care Resource and Referral by calling 800-299-1627.

Gov. Holcomb is in constant contact with federal officials and the Indiana State Department of Health to monitor the situation and redirect state resources as needed as the state works to slow the spread of the virus.

If you are sick with COVID-19 or suspect you are infected with the virus:

Stay home unless you need to seek medical care.

Avoid public areas and public transportation

Stay away from others as much as possible, especially people who are the most at risk such as older adults with multiple medical problems and those with a weakened immune system

Dont shake hands

Seek prompt medical attention if your illness is worsening such as difficulty breathing and call your doctor or healthcare facility before you seek care.


As of 3/12/20 there have been 12 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Indiana. There have been a total of 64 Hoosiers tested and zero deaths reported. Statistics will be updated as they become available.

On 3/11/20 the World Health Organization declared COVID-19 as a pandemic. 124,518 COVID-19 cases have been reported in the world with 4,607 reported. There have 118 countries/territories reported with cases.

Decatur County Memorial Hospital has issued visitor restrictions. Effective March 12, 8:00 am DCMH implemented enhanced visitor restrictions.
These restrictions include:
Access to the hospital for the public is restricted to the main entrance.
All persons not employed by DCMH will be screened upon arrival for illness, exposure to illness, and travel via questionnaire.
Visitors to inpatient areas will be reduced to two visitors aged 18+ who are necessary for patient well-being.
Visitors should utilize frequent hand hygiene and cough etiquette, limit their touch with surfaces in the patients room and visiting areas, and comply with wearing personal protective equipment (masks, gloves, gowns, etc.) as directed.
DCMH is also asking the community to utilize remote services available for their well-being

Major Health Partners/Major Hospital has issued visitor restrictions. The restriction policy impacts the ACC, ER, Maternity Care Unit, Surgery and 3rd Floor Inpatient Unit. Visitors must be immediate family members, 18 years of age or older, no more than 2 designated visitors per patient, no cold or flu like symptoms, visitors must report at the 3rd floor intake area for proper ID, instructions and screening.

From the Decatur County Sheriff:
Effective immediately the following changes will be implemented:
1. All money kiosks for inmate commissary will no longer be available in the lobby of the DCSO Detention Center. Money can still be placed in an inmate account online through depostis.jailatm.com/webdeposits/
2. All inmate visits that are scheduled via video through the kiosks in the lobby will also no longer be available. Video visits can still be accomplished remotely online through inmatesale.com/!/login
The Sheriffs department will not be responding to any non-violent property calls.

In Decatur County Morning Breeze Retirement and Healthcare Facility, Crownpointe Senior Living Community, Heritage House, Hickory Creek, Arbor Grove Village and Aspen Place Health Campus have all implemented visitor restrictions.

From Arbor Grove Village:
The health and wellness of our residents and employees are our highest priorities. In response to the global spread of the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) and the emerging potential threat in the US, Indiana and neighboring states, we are taking an abundance of caution and following guidelines issued by CMS (Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, the Indiana Healthcare Association (IHCA) as well as the American Health Care Association/National Center for Assisted Living (AHCA/NCAL).

The threat posed by COVID-19 for the elderly is particularly significant as stated by expert epidemiologists across the world. Temporarily, we are restricting visitors and limiting a

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