Data breaks out county COVID-19 cases by age, sex

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COVID-19 case data now provided on the Indiana State Department of Health’s website breaks down cases by county, age group and sex.

The Dubois County Health Department announced today the county’s 17th case, however, the ISDH data includes information about the county’s first 16 cases.

Of those 16 cases, nine are female and seven are male.

Of the female cases, two are in the 20-29 age group, three are in the 30-39 age group, two are in the 40-49 age group and two are in the 50-59 age group.

Of the male cases, one is in the 30-39 age group, one is in the 40-49 age group, three are in the 50-59 age group, one is in the 60-69 age group and one is in the 70-79 age group.

According to the county health department, 75% of the county’s previous 16 cases are out of isolation and have self-reported as feeling well.

The county health department reminds residents that COVID-19 does not pause for the weekends, and that social distancing must continue.

“Social distancing must continue, and we must continue to stay ahead of the game with this virus,” Dubois County Health Officer Dr. Ted Waflart said. “We realize that as this public health crisis goes on, it becomes harder and harder to obey the recommendations given by state and local officials. We all want to get back to our own ‘normal,’ but we must be taking these precautions seriously.”

According to the county health department, the current situation has demanded new ways of working and thinking for all of us, while managing the needs of our own families.

“Social distancing does not mean emotional distancing,” a county health department press release notes. “Connect with friends, family and neighbors by phone calls, texts, video calls, social media, send a card/letter.

“We must continue to take every step to contain the spread of this virus.”

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends wearing cloth face coverings in public settings where social distancing measures are difficult to maintain.

The county health department advises:

• Stay home. Practice social distancing, staying at least 6 feet from other people, and perform good hand hygiene.

• Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or use hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.

• Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.

• Sneeze or cough into a tissue, or the inside of your elbow.

• Disinfect frequently-used items and surfaces as much as possible.

ISDH reported today 656 new cases, bringing the statewide total to 13,680. A total of 741 Hoosiers have died from the virus.




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