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Allen County Department of Health says 'isolation is key' during COVID-19 pandemic

Two more Indiana residents have died from COVID-19 ... bringing the state total to 14. The Department of Health also reports 115 new positive cases for a total of 477. Officials said the number is likely a lot larger as testing lags behind.

Posted: Mar 26, 2020 12:59 AM
Updated: Mar 26, 2020 10:23 AM

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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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.

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