March 29: Fayette County confirms 5th positive COVID-19 case

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On Sunday, March 29, Fayette County health officials have confirmed the fifth positive case of COVID-19 in the county.

The patient is hospitalized, and no further information will be released about the person because of privacy laws.

Fayette County Health Department says it is working closely with local and state health officials to ensure contacts of the patient are identified and monitored, and that all infection control protocols are being followed.

As of 7 p.m. Saturday, March 28, Reid Health has submitted 102 COVID-19 tests, with 10 positive results and 58 negative. Thirty-four results are pending.

The 10 positive results include patients who are hospitalized or self-quarantining.

As of 11:59 p.m. Saturday, March 28, Indiana has 1,514 positive cases of COVID-19, from tests from Indiana State Department of Health and results submitted by private labs.

Wayne and Randolph County each have one positive test, Henry County has two positive tests, and Franklin County has 26 positive tests.

Marion County leads the state with 676 postive tests. It is followed by northwest Lake County with 85 and Hamilton County with 83 and Johnson County with 71.

Indiana has had 32 deaths related to COVID-19.

A total of 9,830 tests have been administered and reported to Indiana State Department of Health.

Area health officials urge those who are showing symptoms – even mild symptoms – to not put the community at risk. If you need to seek medical treatment, contact the facility before showing up. If you need food or other necessities you should contact a friend or family member and have them drop items at the door, so they are not put at risk of contracting the virus.

Gov. Eric J. Holcomb issued a stay at home order that went into effect on March 25 to April 7, 2020, when it will be reevaluated. “The next two weeks are critical if we are to slow the spread of COVID-19, and we must slow the spread. You must be part of the solution, not the problem,” said Gov. Holcomb.

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.

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