Indiana Likely has its First Coronavirus Case
Governor Eric J. Holcomb and the Indiana State Department of Health announced today the first presumptive positive case of coronavirus in a Marion County resident with a recent history of travel to Boston. To ensure continued coordination, Holcomb issued a public health emergency declaration. The Hoosier who has been diagnosed has taken responsible steps to remain isolated. A presumptive positive case means the patient has tested positive at the Health laboratory. Samples will be sent to the CDC for final confirmation.
The Indiana Health Department is working closely with the Marion County Public Health Department, Community Hospital North and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to ensure that any close contacts of the patient are identified and monitored and that all infection control protocols are being followed.
The public health emergency declaration Holcomb issued today will call on state agencies to continue their diligence and cooperation in responding to coronavirus and ensures that Indiana can seek funding to control and stop the spread of the virus. The declaration will be posted at www.in.gov/gov.
State Health Commissioner Dr. Kris Box said the adult patient has been in quarantine since arriving back in Indianapolis and that the risk to the general public is low. The CDC will work to identify and notify air travelers who were on the individual’s flight from Boston and had close contact with the patient.
The patient will remain in isolation for 14 days and will not be released until specimens taken two consecutive days at the end of that period test negative. No additional information about the patient will be released due to privacy laws.
Human coronaviruses most commonly spread from an infected person to others the same way the flu is transmitted. The same precautions such as washing your hands and proper coughing methods can lessen your risk.