More than 300 Allen County residents test positive for COVID-19

April 19. 2020

WPTA

More than 300 Allen County residents have contracted the novel coronavirus and 23 have died.

The Allen County Department of Health reported 19 new cases and two additional deaths from COVID-19 Sunday.

In Allen County a total of 314 people have tested positive and 23 have died.

Each day, the Indiana State Department of Health releases new data on its website.

Private lab reporting may be delayed and will be reflected in the map and count when results are received at ISDH.

Many people who acquire COVID-19 will have mild symptoms, can self-isolate and do not need to be tested. Older individuals and those with underlying medical conditions are at higher risk for severe illness. The best way to protect yourself is to:

Stay home and follow social distancing guidelines regularly updated by the state of Indiana.

Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.

Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.

Avoid close contact with people who are sick.

Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.

Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.

Anyone with a fever of 100 degrees F AND a cough should first call their healthcare provider to discuss their symptoms and determine the next course of action.

The following local healthcare providers have set up specific screening for COVID-19:

Fort Wayne Medical Education patients should call 260-423-2675

IU Health patients should download the telemedicine application IU Health Virtual Visit and follow directions OR call 260-234-5400

Lutheran Health patients should call 260-435-5050

Parkview patients should call 1-877-PPG-TODAY or their specific provider; Parkview has also set up a self-screening website at Parkview.com/covid19screening

Neighborhood Health Clinic patients should call 260-458-2570

Allen County Health Officials are recommending if you were diagnosed with laboratory-confirmed COVID-19 OR were clinically diagnosed with COVID-19 based on an evaluation by a physician without laboratory testing here's what you should do:

Stay home except to get medical care: If you must seek medical care, make sure arrangements are made ahead of time to avoid additional exposures.

Separate yourself from other people and animals in your home: As much as possible, stay in a specific rom and away from other people and animals. Use a separate bathroom if space allows.

Wear a facemask: You should wear a facemask if you must be around other people in your home, car or medical provider’s office.

Cover your coughs and sneezes: Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze and immediately throw the tissue away in a trash can. Immediately wash your hands for 20 seconds with soap and water or clean your hands with an alcohol-based hand sanitizer (at least 60% alcohol).

Avoid sharing personal household items: Do not share drinking glasses, plates, eating utensils, towels or bedding with other people or pets in your home. After using these items, they should be washed thoroughly with soap and water.

Clean all “high-touch” surfaces everyday: High touch surfaces include counters, tabletops, doorknobs, bathroom fixtures, toilets, phones, keyboards, tablets and tables. Also clean any surfaces that have blood, stool, or other bodily fluids on them. Use a household cleaning spray or wipe according to the label instructions.

Monitor your symptoms: Seek prompt medical attention if your illness is worsening (e.g. difficulty breathing). BEFORE seeking care, call your healthcare provider to arrange the visit ahead of time. If you have a medical emergency and need to call 911, notify the dispatch personnel that you have, or are being evaluated for COVID-19. If possible, wear a face mask before emergency medical services arrive.

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