FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT) - Whether you've been diagnosed with COVID-19 or you're waiting for results, the Allen County Department of Health said isolation is key.
"What to do if you're a confirmed, laboratory-confirmed case of COVID-19, stay home if you're not in the hospital. Isolate yourself," Erika Pitcher, Director of Community Healthcare said.
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5 EASY STEPS TO PROTECT YOURSELF AND OTHER INDIANA RESIDENTS DURING THE #COVID19 EMERGENCY— Indiana State Department of Health (@StateHealthIN) March 15, 2020
1. Clean and Disinfect
2. Cover Coughs and Sneezes
3. Wash Your Hands Often
4. Avoid Touching Your Face
5. Stay Home if You are Sick and Avoid Close Contact
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Allen County Coronavirus count as of March 25, 2020
Private lab turnaround has been relatively slow when it comes to getting results for COVID-19 which means many tests are pending.
"They are testing negative for the flu or RSV or other respiratory pathogens. Because testing capabilities are very limited, they might not be tested for COVID but told by their physicians they might get a letter from their physician stating they're presumptive positive for COVID-19, and they don't get any further guidance at that point," Pitcher explained.
If that's the case for you, do the followng:
- Wash your hands
- Wear a face mask
- Avoid sharing household items like plates, eating utensils and glasses.
- Clean all high touch surfaces like tabletops, door knobs, phones and use household cleaning spray when you do.
"If you see a doctor and they tell you, you possibly have COVID-19, we want you to act as if you do have COVID-19," she said.
Wednesday during a video conference, Dr. Deborah McMahan Explained how COVID-19 does not discriminate when it comes to age so everyone has to take precautions.
"25% of the folks who were affected were 55 to 84 years of age. 18% were 55 to 64 years of age. 18% were also 45 to 64 years of age, and 29% were 29 to 43 years of age. I don't want people to think it's just older folks with chronic health conditions. It's affecting people of all ages,” Dr. McMahan said.