FROM THE DUBOIS COUNTY HEALTH DEPARTMENT
JASPER -- Indiana Department of Health announced today the second positive case of novel coronavirus (COVID-19) for a Dubois County resident. The patient was tested through a lab in Evansville and is in isolation. No additional information about the patient will be released due to privacy laws.
“With this second case, the Dubois County Health Department message remains the same to our residents, protect yourself and our community by following Governor Holcomb’s directive: stay home, practice social distancing, and good hygiene. Continue to be responsible and do your part. Dubois County Health Department is continuing to work with our community partners to respond to this public health emergency. “said Dr. Ted Waflart, Dubois County Health Officer.
Dubois County Health Department is working closely with the local and state officials to ensure that contacts of the patient are identified and monitored and that all infection control protocols are being followed.
Human coronaviruses most commonly spread from an infected person to others through:
- Respiratory droplets released into the air by coughing and sneezing;
- Close personal contact, such as touching or shaking hands;
- Touching an object or surface with the virus on it, then touching your mouth, nose, or eyes before washing your hands; and
- Rarely, fecal contamination.
The best way to protect yourself from any respiratory illness, including the flu, is to:
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Avoid close contact (within 6 feet) with people who are sick.
- Stay home when you are sick.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
The CDC does not recommend that people who are well wear a facemask to protect themselves from respiratory illnesses, including COVID-19. You should only wear a mask if a healthcare professional recommends it. A facemask should be used by people who have COVID-19 and are showing symptoms to protect others from the risk of infection.
The Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH) will provide updates as new information becomes available. Visit the ISDH website at in.gov/coronavirus for the most up-to-date information on COVID-19 in Indiana.