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