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COVID19 patient in Porter hospital

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A LaPorte County resident who tested positive for COVID-19 is now receiving medical care at a Porter County hospital, the Porter County Health Department is reporting.

Meanwhile, a total of 24 cases of COVID-19 has been confirmed in the State of Indiana, up from 19 on Sunday. One new case was reported in each of the following five counties: Bartholomew, Floyd, Hendricks, Howard, and Marion.

Also: Gov. Eric Holcomb has issued new directions to slow the spread of the virus.

In Porter County

Of the LaPorte County resident who tested positive, the Porter County Health Department stated the following: “The Porter County Health Department understands the patient had no significant exposure to people in Porter County in the days prior to his hospitalization. Local hospitals are well trained in isolation precautions and protective equipment use, and we anticipate little or no hospital associated spread of the novel coronavirus to community members. The Health Department does expect that more cases will be identified in Porter County in the coming weeks. Most cases of COVID-19 are mild and require sick individuals only to remain at home and minimize the spread of disease while they recover.”

The Porter County Health Department did issue this caution, however: at the moment, COVID-19 testing is limited in Porter County. “Those being tested by the Indiana State Department of Health are limited to those in the following categories: the very ill, sick individuals with high risk for complications, those at risk of spreading the disease to at risk individuals, including healthcare and nursing home providers, and those who are in jail or prison. The Porter County Health Department, along with our healthcare partners, are working on ways to make more COVID-19 testing available in Porter County.

The public can direct questions to the Porter County Health Department at (219) 465-3525; and the Indiana State Department of Health Epidemiology Resource Center at (317) 233-7125 or afterhours at (317) 233-1325 after hours.

At Franciscan Health

Michigan City

Franciscan Health Michigan City, for its part, said that to date it has no confirmed cases of COVID-19 at its hospital. “For those seeking information, we request that they not call the Emergency Department, since it takes resources away from treating our patients,” Franciscan Health said.

Franciscan Health Michigan City plans to offer COVID-19 outpatient testing on a limited basis soon. Tests will first require an order from a patient’s primary physician, and we will provide details when that testing is available.

From Gov. Holcomb

Gov. Holcomb has issued the following directions in response to the COVID-19 pandemic:

--All state agencies are evaluating rules and regulations that should be suspended or modified to assist Hoosiers during this public emergency.

--Hoosiers who need to renew their Medicaid eligibility will get more time to complete the process. No services will be interrupted.

--Family Social Services Administration (FSSA) has asked federal officials to approve a request to temporarily waive the renewal process for Hoosiers who need SNAP or TANF benefits.

--Hoosiers on Medicaid will not pay co-pays for COVID-19 testing. More information is at

--Hoosiers on Medicaid can get 90-day refills of medication for chronic conditions.

--State officials are collaborating with the Indiana Department of Education to discuss solutions regarding student assessments and meals for children whose schools have closed. DOE issued this guidance for schools regarding the 20-day waiver of the required 180 instructional days that Gov. Holcomb announced on Thursday.

--Community meals for senior citizens are being converted to home meal deliveries. Local partners, such as Area Agencies on Aging, have been given funding flexibility to cover the added costs of delivering meals. Thousands of meals are being served daily.

“Gov. Holcomb is in constant contact with federal officials and the Indiana State Department of Health to monitor the situation and redirect state resources as needed as the state works to slow the spread of the virus,” the statement said.

If Sick

--Stay home unless you need to seek medical care.

--Avoid public areas and public transportation.

--Stay away from others as much as possible, especially people who are the most at risk such as older adults with multiple medical problems and those with a weakened immune system.

--Don’t shake hands.

--Seek prompt medical attention if your illness is worsening such as difficulty breathing and call your doctor or healthcare facility before you seek care.


Posted 3/16/2020




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