The Indiana State Department of Health has identified two cases of coronavirus COVID-19 in Marion County, Indiana.
An identified positive case means the patient has tested positive at the ISDH Laboratories. Samples will be sent to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for final confirmation.
Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb issued a public health emergency declaration for the state of Indiana. This declaration will best enable the state to continue working on its response to COVID-19 and ensures the state can request funding to help control the spread of coronavirus.
“We must take seriously the spread of COVID-19 and its risk to human health,” said Paul Halverson, founding dean of the Fairbanks School of Public Health. “It is essential to exercise hand hygiene and social distancing to contain the spread of the virus.”
Tips for staying healthy
In light of the current spread of COVID-19, as well as cold and flu season, follow these best practices to help prevent the spread of illnesses:
- If you develop symptoms, call your health care provider before going to a health care facility.
- Stay away from ill people.
- If you are ill, stay away from others.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with your elbow or tissue.
- Avoid shaking hands.
- Get an annual flu (influenza) shot through your primary care provider or campus health center.
Visit coronavirus.iu.edu for tips, information, frequently asked questions and additional resources about coronavirus COVID-19.