FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE       4/3/2020          
CONTACT: Dr. Kenneth Sowinski, Randolph County Health Officer  (765) 584-1155


WINCHESTER—Randolph County Department of Health announced today the death from the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). The individual was an adult female from Randolph County.

“We mourn the death and extend our prayers and sympathies to the patient’s family and friends,” said Dr. Kenneth Sowinski, Randolph County Health Officer.”  This serves as an unfortunate reminder to all of the Randolph County community about the importance of staying at home and practicing social distancing when leaving the home for essential activities or work in order to slow the spread of COVID-19 and help protect our most vulnerable neighbors.”

The citizen from Randolph County died on Tuesday, 3/30/2020. The person, who was over age 60, had been ill at home. No further information about the patient will be released due to privacy laws.

COVID-19 is a respiratory illness caused by a novel, or new, coronavirus that has not been previously identified. It is not the same as the type of coronavirus that causes the common cold.

COVID-19 is most commonly spread from an infected person to others through:
• Respiratory droplets released into the air by coughing and sneezing;
• Close personal contact, such as touching or shaking hands;
• Touching an object or surface with the virus on it, then touching your mouth, nose, or
eyes before washing your hands; and
• Rarely, fecal contamination.

Many people who acquire COVID-19 will have mild symptoms, can self-isolate and do not need to be tested. Individuals over 60 and those with underlying medical conditions are at higher risk for severe illness.

The best ways to protect yourself are to wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, avoid touching your face with unwashed hands, avoid close contact with people who are sick, stay home when you’re sick, cover your cough or sneeze and clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) does not recommend that people who are well wear a facemask to protect themselves from respiratory illnesses, including COVID-19. You should only wear a mask if a healthcare professional recommends it. A facemask should be used by people who have COVID-19 and are showing symptoms to protect others from the risk of infection.

Visit the Indiana State Department of Health’s COVID-19 website at https://coronavirus.IN.gov for more information, including frequently asked questions about COVID-19.