According to our media partner, Eyewitness News, the first patient to be diagnosed with coronavirus in Indiana lives in Marion County. The patient most recently traveled from Boston and is in isolation. Because of this, Gov. Eric Holcomb has declared a public health emergency.

What is a public health emergency?

The declaration ensures that Indiana can seek funding to control and stop the spread of coronavirus.

What are the symptoms?

Patients with COVID-19 have had mild to severe respiratory illness with symptoms of

• fever

• cough

• shortness of breath

The patient in Marion County had developed a low-grade fever, sore throat and cough.

What can I do?

The Centers for Disease Control have issued some guidelines to keep the virus from spreading, as there is no vaccine for it.

• Avoid close contact with people who are sick.

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

• Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not available.

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.

Find more information HERE.

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