County reports 8 more COVID-19 cases

From Local Sources

JASPER — The Dubois County Health Department reported today eight more positive COVID-19 cases in Dubois County, bringing the countywide case count to 77.

Thirty of the 77 cases have recovered. The county has reported two deaths due to the virus.

According to a county health department press release, there’s “no arguing the fact that COVID-19 has forced us all to shift our daily lives into living a new normal. COVID-19 isn’t going away. We all are seeing ‘social distancing fatigue’ and impromptu gatherings as the weather gets nicer. Dubois County Health Department is asking everyone to just step it up a notch because not only do we have a responsibility to protect ourselves, but we also have a responsibility to protect others. Maintain social distancing. Wear a cloth face covering when out in public. Wash your hands often and cover your cough. Stay home if you are sick and avoid contact with people who are sick.”

According to Memorial Hospital and Health Care Center’s COVID-19 Dashboard, the Jasper hospital has submitted 648 tests. Of those, 563 were negative and 24 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 last week in Jasper, a result of a partnership between the Indiana State Department of Health and OptumServe Health Services to expand testing across the state.

The Indiana State Department of Health reported Friday 614 new cases, bringing the statewide total to 26,655. A total of 1,550 Hoosiers have died from the virus. An additional 141 probable deaths have been reported.

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