ALLEN COUNTY, Ind. (Fort Wayne’s NBC) — Health officials announced Saturday three new Allen County residents who have tested positive for COVID-19.
This brings the total number of cases in Allen County to 26 cases.
Because of a delay in the private lab reporting to the state, the case count provided by the Indiana State Department of Health at www.in.gov/coronavirus may not always immediately match Allen County’s case numbers.
In new data released Friday, the department says a total of 22 Allen County residents have tested positive for COVID-19.
The death toll remains at one.
The department said because of the continued increase in confirmed cases, they will not provide specific information regarding each individual case.
In Indiana, the State Department of Health reports a total of 8,407 Hoosiers have now been tested for the virus.
The county reported its first two cases on March 19—a young adult who recently traveled abroad and an older adult who has underlying health conditions.
Officials with the department announced the first death in the county from COVID-19 on Sunday, March 22.
The ACDH said the resident was an older adult who had been hospitalized as a COVID-19 patient and had a history of chronic health issues.
Department officials remind the public of best practices to protect yourself:
- 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.
ACDH says 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
THIS REPORT HAS BEEN UPDATED TO CORRECTLY NOTE THAT 8,407 PEOPLE HAVE BEEN TESTED FOR COVID-19, NOT TESTED POSITIVE FOR THE VIRUS.