Health dept expects 'sharp rise' in COVID-19 cases

From Local Sources

JASPER — With more COVID-19 testing being done, the Dubois County Health Department advises that the county “should be prepared for a somewhat sharp rise in case numbers in the coming weeks.”

The county’s case count remains at 23. The health department reports that 74% of those cases are out of isolation and have self-reported as feeling well.

Gov. Eric Holcomb will speak later today to give an update regarding the expiring stay-at-home executive order. While new details of Indiana State Department of Health recommendations have not yet been released, the county health department advises that “we must continue to make our community safe and protect our most vulnerable people: stay home if you are sick, perform good hand washing, practice social distancing, and wear a cloth face covering when around others.”

“The Dubois County Health Department and I want to extend our deepest appreciation and gratitude to all of our healthcare professionals who are risking their safety and well-being to continue to help those who are in need,” said Dubois County Health Officer Dr. Ted Waflart. “Also, all the essential workers who are working to keep our county going during this uncertain and trying time. We thank you all! This battle is not over, but everyday we are reminded what a great community we live in and know that we will overcome this challenge.”

According to Memorial Hospital and Health Care Center’s COVID-19 Dashboard, the Jasper hospital has submitted 372 tests. Of those, 319 were negative and 22 are pending. The hospital notes that a patient’s address will determine what county reports the positive case.

The Indiana State Department of Health reported today 815 new cases, bringing the statewide total to 18,630. A total of 1,062 Hoosiers have died from the virus. Another 113 probable deaths have been reported, which are those for which a physician listed COVID-19 as a contributing cause of death, but for which no positive test is on record.

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