17th COVID-19 case reported in Dubois County

From Local Sources

JASPER — The Dubois County Health Department confirms the 17th positive case of novel coronavirus in Dubois County.

According the the department, it is working closely with the Indiana State Department of Health and local officials to ensure that contacts of the patient are identified and monitored.  Anyone who may have an exposure risk, has been notified about potential exposures so that appropriate infection control procedures can be followed. The patient is in isolation. No additional information about the patient will be released due to privacy laws.

The Dubois County Health Department Investigation Team, consisting of public health nurses, is continuing to touch base with Dubois County residents that have tested positive, even after the isolation period has ended. This is not required by the state, but according to the health department, the health and well-being of the community continues to be a priority during this pandemic.

The Dubois County Health Department has conducted a review of the previous 16 cases and can report that currently 75% of the cases are out of isolation and have self-reported as feeling well.
 
To remain in compliance with the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996, as well as, state and local regulations the Dubois County Health Department will not release information on individual patients. According to the department, it takes time to fully review all cases and they hope to report more in the days to come.

"We appreciate the community’s willingness to respect individuals' privacy," a county health department press release states. "We must continue to practice social distancing, stay at home, and practice good hand hygiene in order to continue to flatten the curve."

 




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