INDIANAPOLIS (WANE) The total number of presumptive positive cases of COVID-19 in Indiana has risen from 15 to 19 as of Sunday morning according to state health officials. The new cases involve residents of Hamilton and Marion counties.
The Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH) releases new data every morning at 10 a.m. and as of Sunday the number of people tested rose from 89 to 121. All 19 cases have tested positive through the (ISDH), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and a private laboratory.
There have been no deaths reported.
ISDH continues to work with local health departments to identify close contacts of the existing patients and ensure that infection-control protocols, such as self-isolation and monitoring for symptoms, are implemented.
- The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has updated its nursing home visitation guidance. This guidance requires facilities to restrict all visitors and non-essential healthcare personnel, except for compassionate care situations such as end-of-life situations.
- The CDC has posted new guidance for schools and childcare facilities, including a decision tree to help school officials reduce the risk of illness.
- The ISDH lab continues to prioritize testing for individuals who are at high risk.
- Individuals who do not meet those criteria are encouraged to consult their healthcare provider about private testing. Most people with COVID-19 will develop mild symptoms and do not need to be tested.
- The ISDH call center is experiencing extremely high call volume.
- The ISDH general call center number is 317-233-7125. Calls after 8 p.m. should go to 317-233-1325 and will be answered by an on-call epidemiologist. Call center staff will not offer personal medical advice or provide test results. If you are sick, consult your healthcare provider.
- Hoosiers are encouraged to sign up at in.gov/coronavirus to receive alerts and the latest updated guidance as the outbreak evolves.
COVID-19 is a respiratory illness caused by a novel, or new, coronavirus that has not been previously identified. The virus causing COVID-19 is not the same as the coronaviruses that commonly circulate among humans and cause mild illness, like the common cold.
- 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 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.
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