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Allen County confirms two COVID-19 cases

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FORT WAYNE, Ind. (Fort Wayne’s NBC) — The Allen County Department of Health has confirmed two cases of COVID-19 in the county.

Health officials say the two Allen County residents are currently isolated.

The first patient is a young adult who recently traveled abroad and showed COVID-19 symptoms shortly after returning to the US. The second patient is an older adult who has underlying health conditions.

Officials say no other patient information will be released.

The department said in a release that they are working closely with the Indiana State Department of Health to identify those who may have been exposed.

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“The COVID-19 virus has been making its way around the world since late last year, so this should not come as a surprise,” Allen County Health Commissioner Dr. Deborah McMahan said. “These cases just confirm what we have been learning: this virus easily spreads from person-to-person, and the actions taken to slow its pace will allow our healthcare workers to continue to providing care to trauma, significant chronic conditions, acute issues like heart attacks in addition to respiratory infections like flu and COVID-19.” 

Dr. McMahan said testing is still limited, and the 'confirmation of positive cases does not mean everyone needs to be tested'.

The release also states the following:

"Symptoms of COVID-19 include fever, cough and shortness of breath. Like other human coronaviruses, COVID-19 is most commonly believed to 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 virus, which was declared a pandemic by the World Health Organization March 11, was first identified in Wuhan City, Hubei Province, China in late 2019. The Indiana State Department of Health updates the state case count on their website at www.in.gov/coronavirus.

Department officials want to remind the public as cases continue to be confirmed throughout the state, preparation and not panic is important. The best way to protect yourself is to:

  • Stay home and follow social distancing guidelines regularly updated by the state of Indiana.
  • 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 with people who 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."

Jazlynn Bebout

Jazlynn Bebout is the Assignment Desk Editor and Digital Editor at WPTA. Follow her on Twitter @jazlynnsb

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