County reports 3rd COVID-19 death

From Local Sources

JASPER — The Dubois County Health Department reported today a third COVID-19-related death in the county.

“We at the Dubois County Health Department send our sincere condolences to friends and family of this individual,” said Dubois County Health Officer Dr. Ted Waflart.

The individual had underlying medical conditions. No further information about the patient will be released due to privacy laws, according to the county health department.

The agency also reported today four new positive cases of the virus, bringing the countywide total to 188. Sixty of those 188 cases have recovered.

“We have changes regarding two previously reported cases,” states a county health department press release. “One case had been reported twice due to having two positive results for one person that resulted in duplicate entries. Another due to a change of jurisdiction, meaning that a positive case’s county of residence was verified, and positive case did not live in Dubois County.”

The county’s case count of 188 has been updated to reflect these changes.

According to Memorial Hospital’s COVID-19 Dashboard, the Jasper hospital has submitted 924 tests. Of those, 797 were negative and 15 are pending. The hospital notes that a patient’s address will determine what county reports the positive case.

Memorial Hospital’s testing is not the only COVID-19 testing happening in the county now. Another COVID-19 testing site opened at the National Guard Armory earlier this month in Jasper, a result of a partnership between the Indiana State Department of Health and OptumServe Health Services to expand testing across the state. An ISDH strike team also tested in the county earlier this month.

According to ISDH, a total of 1,336 Dubois County residents have been tested for the virus.

ISDH reported today 646 new cases, bringing the statewide total to 33,068. A total of 1,907 Hoosiers have died from the virus. An additional 161 probable deaths have been reported.

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