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ISDH UPDATE: 31 COVID-19 deaths, 290 new cases

INDIANA (Fort Wayne's NBC) - On Saturday, the Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH) announced 290 additional positive cases of COVID-19 in the Hoosier state.

That brings to 1,232 the total number of Indiana residents known to have the novel coronavirus following corrections to the previous day’s total.

The death toll has increased from 24 to 31.

To date, 8,407 tests have been reported to ISDH, up from 6,936 on Friday.

The dashboard also has been updated to remove 39 duplicate cases due to issues with data submission to ISDH.

Marion County had the most new cases, at 136, while Lake County had 23 and Johnson County had 10.

The demographic breakdown represents the statewide distribution of positive cases.

On Monday, Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb issued a stay-at-home order that went into effect March 25. 

COVID-19 is a respiratory illness caused by a novel, or new, coronavirus that has not been previously identified. It is not the same as the type of coronavirus that causes the common cold. 

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 and then touching your mouth, nose or eyes before washing your hands; and
  • Rarely, fecal contamination.

Many people who acquire COVID-19 will have mild symptoms, can self-isolate and do not need to be tested. Older individuals and those with underlying medical conditions are at higher risk for severe illness. 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.

Anyone with a fever of 100 degrees F AND a cough should first call their healthcare provider to discuss their symptoms and determine the next course of action. 

The following local healthcare providers have set up specific screening for COVID-19:

  • Fort Wayne Medical Education patients should call 260-423-2675
  • IU Health patients should download the telemedicine application IU Health Virtual Visit and follow directions OR call 260-234-5400
  • Lutheran Health patients should call 260-435-5050
  • Parkview patients should call 1-877-PPG-TODAY or their specific provider; Parkview has also set up a self-screening website at Parkview.com/covid19screening
  • Neighborhood Health Clinic patients should call 260-458-2570

Emilia Miles

Emilia Miles joined Fort Wayne’s NBC in September 2019 as a Social Media and Digital Content Manager. Emilia also serves as a producer. She’s a Fort Wayne native and graduated from Indiana University.

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