Miami County officials on Saturday learned of the first confirmed case of COVID-19 in the county and are now monitoring two other individuals in isolation who have recently traveled abroad.
The individual with the confirmed case first tested positive in “a neighboring county but moved to Miami County recently, and has been in self-quarantine following the diagnosis,” a news release from Miami County Health Officer Dr. Christi L Redmon said.
The Miami County Health Department has also identified two others who are being monitored.
Such individuals – what the release called a “person under investigation” – are described as those “with onset of symptoms who had been in direct contact with a known positive case.”
The two in Miami County are currently in self isolation and “were part of a group returning from overseas, where they were in contact with a person who tested positive.”
The report of the local confirmed case came during a weekend that saw the number of cases shoot up as testing became more prevalent.
On Saturday, the Indiana Department of Health said that two more people – residents of Scott and Marion counties – had died of the illness caused by the novel coronavirus. That brought the number of deaths in the state to six.
As of the time of that release, 201 people had tested positive for COVID-19.
On Monday morning, the number sat at 259 with 1,960 tests having been administered, but a seventh death had been added to state statistics.
In her release, Redmon said that the state health department notes that there will be more reported positive cases in the state as testing increases.
“Please remember to follow current restrictions, guidelines, and individual responsibility,” she wrote. “We will update changing recommendations as needed.”
As of Monday morning, those recommendations and guidance included the following information:
Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing or sneezing. Throw away the tissue in the trash and then wash your hands. Men do not use a “handkerchief”
Handwashing is one of the single most important and effective ways to protect against viruses or any illness.
Use soap (preferably liquid) as bar soap can transmit pathogens (germs)
Wash your hands for at least 20 seconds- soap and water- wash between the fingers.
Dry your hands with a disposable paper towel. Use hand sanitizer if you can’t wash your hands- however washing hands with soap and water is always best.
If you feel ill, call your healthcare provider FIRST rather than going to the office or ED waiting room. If you feel you need immediate attention call 911 and tell them the symptoms you are having so they are aware of and prepared with proper personal protective clothing to protect you and themselves.
Older people over 60 are at increased risk of serious outcomes from the virus and those risks increase even further for individuals over 80 and underlying disease states and those who are immune compromised.