Indiana Gov. Holcomb announces new steps to curb spread of coronavirus

Photo courtesy of the U.S. Center for Disease Control by Alissa Eckert, MS; Dan Higgins, MAMS

This illustration, created at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), reveals ultrastructural morphology exhibited by coronaviruses. Note the spikes that adorn the outer surface of the virus, which impart the look of a corona surrounding the virion, when viewed electron microscopically. A novel coronavirus, named Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2), was identified as the cause of an outbreak of respiratory illness first detected in Wuhan, China in 2019. The illness caused by this virus has been named coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).

The Warrick County Health Department confirmed today (Wednesday) the first two positive cases of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) in Warrick County.

According to a release sent on Wednesday, the health department is working with local and state officials to ensure that the contacts of the patients are identified and monitored and that all infection control protocols are being followed. The release states that the patients are self-isolating.

The announcement comes one day after a discrepancy attributing a Daviess County case to Warrick County. The Indiana State Department of Health’s map showed a case in Warrick County, but local officials said there had been no information received regarding a local case.

Warrick County Health Department Director Aaron Franz said the local health departments are relying on information from state officials while private hospitals such as Deaconess are actually carrying out the tests. He said there have been several discrepancies already.

On Wednesday morning, the state health department confirmed that the Tuesday case was a discrepancy. Visit the Indiana State Department of Health’s COVID-19 website at http://in.gov/coronavirus for guidance and information regarding the coronavirus.

Continue to follow The Standard in print and online for local updates regarding the pandemic’s effect on Warrick County as those updates are available.

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