County reports 17th COVID-19 death

By Herald Staff

JASPER — The Dubois County Health Department reported today the county's 17th COVID-19-related death.

“It is with a heavy heart that I share the news of an additional COVID-19 related death within Dubois County. At this time we keep their friends and families in our thoughts and prayers," said Dubois County Health Officer Dr. Ted Waflart. “This serves as an unfortunate reminder to all of the Dubois County community about the importance of following the recommended guidelines to stop the spread of this virus and help protect our most vulnerable neighbors.  We cannot stress enough for you all to wear a mask when around others, practicing social distancing, wash your hands frequently and if tested remain at home until you have received your results.”   

The department also reported today 15 new positive cases. This case count is cumulative of cases reported over the weekend. The daily breakdown is as follows: 8 on Saturday, five on Sunday and two on Monday.  Of the county’s 795 cases, 640 have recovered. A total of 6,339 Dubois County residents have been tested.

According to Memorial Hospital and Health Care Center’s COVID-19 Dashboard, the Jasper hospital has submitted 4,349 tests. Of those, 3,856 were negative. The hospital notes that a patient’s address will determine what county reports the positive case.

The Indiana State Department of Health reported Saturday 618 new cases, bringing the statewide total to 85,932 cases. A total of 3,003 Hoosiers have died from the virus. Another 217 probable deaths have been reported.

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