Nine New Positive Cases of COVID-19 in Indiana – Lawrence Co. Public Health Nurse Comments

(INDIANAPOLIS) – The Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH) today reported nine new positive cases of COVID-19, bringing the total to 39 Hoosiers diagnosed through ISDH, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and private laboratories.     

Two Hoosiers have died: one in Johnson County and one in Marion County.

Officials report that 193 individuals have been tested for the virus.        

The new cases involve residents of Clark (1), Fayette (1), Hamilton (1), Hendricks (1), Jennings (1), Lake (1), Madison (1) and Marion (2) counties.

There are no residents in Lawrence County who have tested positive for the virus, according to Mary Kinser, RN PHN Public Health Nurse of Lawrence County.

According to a Facebook Post by Kinser:

We still have no confirmed cases In Lawrence County but I’m am not going to say we have no cases. There seems to be no testing being approved for this County, not due to our hospitals but due to the State and Federal criteria and no approval being granted so far for testing I hope this changes soon with private labs being allowed to test.

We need this sooner than later I will tell you We are having conference calls multiple times a day We are preparing for these events I feel it’s not a matter of if but when we get a confirmed case in Lawrence County I know some are upset over cancellations and closings but it is absolutely imperative that we do these things We have to protect all but especially those at highest risk.

The Governor has said no more than 50 people in an event President Trump has suggested no more than 10 I urge you to listen this is serious I do not want people to panic but please understand the seriousness of this. Let’s continue to stand strong together as a County. We will get through this by working together. We are strong. We are Lawrence County.

How we react will determine our outcome If we don’t learn from our past, we are doomed to repeat it. Research the Spanish Flu and you will understand the need for closings cancellations and restrictions.

Please continue Hand washing using alcohol gel if unable to wash hands
Don’t go out if sick. Do not go out if 60 or over or have medical conditions.
I urge churches to cancel services. Use social media for services I know many have been doing this.

Think about others Please don’t hoard supplies.

Children should stay home please no playdates Schools have closed for a reason. Today ee ordered supplies for Long Term Care Assisted Living Home Health Group Homes, EMS, Fire First Responders, etc. We are preparing should these needed healthcare workers & facilities need supplies. Emergency Management Director Valerie Luchauer and I are working together along with all our partners to continue to plan and prepare.

There are now 19 counties in the State of Indiana where residents have tested positive for the virus.

The list of counties with cases is included in the ISDH COVID-19 dashboard at https://www.in.gov/coronavirus/, which will be updated daily at 10 a.m. Cases are listed by county of residence.

Additional updates on the state’s response to the COVID-19 outbreak may be provided later today.

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