Indiana Declares Public Health Emergency as First Case of Coronavirus is Confirmed
Health officials in Indiana have confirmed the state’s first confirmed case of the coronavirus, as announced this morning. The patient is an adult male who recently traveled to Boston.
Dr. Kristina Box, Indiana State Health Commissioner, said this morning that the patient is currently in self-imposed isolation and that, at this time, the it is an isolated case.
Box also commended the patient and hospital for taking all the right steps and precautions, with the patient calling ahead and waiting in the parking lot for medical staff to put on the proper gear and move them into isolation. No other caregiver or patient was exposed to the man.
Box anticipates more cases to appear in Indiana, but reassured the public that the state “is prepared for that possibility.” She encourages citizens to educate themselves on the virus and learn the proper steps to take to avoid infection.
Currently, Indiana has tested 12 individuals, and is monitoring 35 others, all of whom are under quarantine. None of them are confirmed cases, at this time.