FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 26, 2020
CONTACT: Dr. Ken Sowinski, Randolph County Health Officer, 765-584-1155
The Randolph County Health Department is reporting Randolph County’s first two presumptive positive cases of Covid-19. One resident is currently hospitalized, and the other is recovering at home.
As of 11:59 pm 3/25/2020, the Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH) reports 645 confirmed cases in the state with 17 deaths.
The Randolph County Health Department has been working with the individuals and health care systems to identify close contacts that may have been exposed. These contacts will be contacted and assessed for symptoms, advised and monitored accordingly.
There is no vaccine to prevent Covid-19. The best way to prevent illness is to avoid exposure to the virus. Take the Governor’s “stay-at-home” order seriously. Additionally, assure that you:
• 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.
• If you work for an “essential business”, stay home when you 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.
Symptoms of COVID-19 include cough, fever and shortness of breath. It can range from minor symptoms to severe illness. Anyone who experiences symptoms compatible with COVID-19 is urged to contact a healthcare provider by phone for advice.
Do not go to the hospital emergency room unless essential. Essential would include shortness of breath, dizziness, or severe illness. The safest place for you is in your own bed unless you have the aforementioned symptoms that may require hospitalization. If you need to be seen be sure you call ahead so the medical personnel can care for you safely.
PLEASE CALL AHEAD TO YOUR FAMILY PHYSICIAN OR HOSPITAL AND DO NOT ARRIVE UNANNOUNCED TO THE EMERGENCY ROOM OR DOCTOR’S OFFICE. THE BEST PLACE FOR TREATMENT IS IN YOUR HOME.