Indiana Confirmed cases of COVID-19/Coronavirus have spiked to 121, including one in Greene County, according to the Indiana State Department of Health, but there are still no cases listed for Monroe County. However, the Monroe County Health Department issued a press release Friday that an IU student had tested positive on the 13th, and was being quarantined with mild symptoms
The Monroe County Health Department began contact tracing with the Indiana University student, and to begin contacting those in the community exposed to the highly contagious virus.
The ISDH says 833 people in Indiana have been tested, but the number of tests are provisional, and only reflects only those reported to the state health department.
It was reported Thursday, that a person from Owen County also tested positive.
Statewide the number of deaths is now 3 according to the ISDH website.
Marion County/Indianapolis leads the state in the number of cases, which have not spiked to 45.
The Monroe County Health Department released guidelines yesterday for avoiding the illness, but people should assume they have been exposed and avoid giving it to others. Here are some guidelines:
How you can help stop the community spread of COVID-19
Social distancing: stay out of places with groups of people, avoid large events and keep a distance of 6 feet between you and anyone else when possible. Only go out for essential items. Governor Eric Holcomb has recommended Hoosiers follow the CDC’s guidelines of no events with 50 or more people and limiting meetings to 10 people.
Self-monitoring: check for a fever by taking your temperature twice a day and be aware of any developing cough or difficulty breathing. Continue practicing social distancing and stay home. If you develop a fever, cough or difficulty breathing while self-monitoring, call your health care provider for further instructions.
Self-quarantine: if you know you’ve been exposed or have likely been exposed to COVID-19 but do not yet have symptoms, you will be asked to self-quarantine. This means separating yourself from others (even within the same household) to prevent the spread of the virus.
If you’re sick: if you have any symptoms, whether you have officially been tested for COVID-19 or not, the CDC offers a number of recommendations to help stop the community spread of COVID-19 and let you know when it’s safe to stop isolation and resume normal activities.