County reports COVID-19 test kits are available

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There are no cases of COVID-19 in Dubois County, but County Health Officer Dr. Theodore Waflart says test kits are available.

He added that no county residents have been tested to date.

"The test is a nasal swab," he said in the release. "Test kits are available in the county however there is a screening process for the critically ill."

The Indiana State Department testing guidelines are as follows:

• Severe illness with fever and lower respiratory symptoms, constituting: admission to the hospital and needing addition critical care support (high flow oxygen, bipap, intubation or admission to the intensive care unit); and negative for other respiratory illnesses, such as influenza.

• Healthcare workers (inpatient, outpatient, nursing homes, etc.): Symptomatic with fever and lower respiratory symptoms and in their role has potential or unknown exposure to at-risk patients.

• Long-term care facility residents or prison/jail residents and staff with fever and respiratory illness and otherwise no known COVID-19 contact: negative for other respiratory illnesses, such as influenza.

According to the release, the Dubois County Health Department is prepared for any monitoring that may be necessary, however, to date, no one has been identified as requiring monitoring.

The main symptoms of COVID-19 include: fever, cough and shortness of air. Most people with these symptoms do not have COVID-19. As with any respiratory illness, if symptoms are mild, stay at home while ill.

Other factors such as age, health risk, contact exposure, and severity of the illness will require further advice.
The health department urges people with questions about their individual illness or who feel they need further evaluation to contact their health care provider or contact the Memorial Hospital and Health Care Center Alternative Screening Site at 812-996-6330.

People with respiratory symptoms should take precautions and not expose themselves to others and practice social distancing.

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