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Coronavirus Totals Stand At 19 In State of Indiana
Monday, March 16, 2020

As of midnight, Indiana had 19 confirmed cases of COVID-19 Coronavirus.

Noble County remains the closest confirmed case. Among the newest cases are LaPorte and Wells Counties. No deaths have occurred in Indiana. A total of 121 Hoosiers have been tested by the Indiana State Department of Health.

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has updated its nursing home visitation guidance. This guidance requires facilities to restrict all visitors and non-essential healthcare personnel, except for compassionate care situations such as end-of-life situations.

The CDC has posted new guidance for schools and childcare facilities,
including a decision tree to help school officials reduce the risk of illness.

The ISDH lab continues to prioritize testing for individuals who are at high risk. Individuals who do not meet those criteria are encouraged to consult their healthcare provider about private testing. Most people with COVID-19 will develop mild symptoms and do not need to be tested.

The ISDH call center is experiencing extremely high call volume. COVID-19 is a respiratory illness caused by a novel, or new, coronavirus that
has not been previously identified. The virus causing COVID-19 is not the same as the coronaviruses that commonly circulate among humans and cause mild illness, like the common cold.

Human coronaviruses 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.

The 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.

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