County confirms 7th COVID-19 case

From Local Sources

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

According to the health department, they are 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.

“Everyone needs to continue making sacrifices to defeat this incessant viral enemy,” said Dubois County Health Officer Dr. Ted Waflart. “Things are going to get worse before they start getting better. We all need to stay strong and support each other and continue our relentless effort to: STAY HOME, stay at least 6 feet apart from each other and wash hands frequently, especially after handling something from outside the home.”

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that people wear cloth face coverings to cover their nose and mouth when out in the community setting, especially in situations where you are around other people. Wearing a homemade fabric face mask, for example, is to protect people around you if you are infected but do not have symptoms of COVID-19.

Face coverings are not a substitute for social distancing and should not encourage false security to leave home. When there is an essential need to leave home (pharmacy, groceries), social distancing and staying at least 6 feet away are still needed. The cloth face mask may prevent the spread of the virus.

Memorial Hospital and Health Care Center has also updated the COVID-19 Dashboard on its website. See the dashboard here.

According to the dashboard, the Jasper hospital has submitted 96 COVID-19 tests, 65 of which were negative. Twenty five tests submitted by the hospital are pending.

Dubois County currently has seven positive test results, however, the hospital advises that a patient’s address will determine what county reports the positive case, not the county where the test was administered.

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