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Local departments coordinating efforts to respond to coronavirus

Currently, Dubois County does not have any confirmed cases.  For most up to date on local information, please visit our county website at https://www.duboiscountyin.org/departments/health_department/index.php

The Dubois County Health Department and emergency services are coordinating efforts to be prepared for the potential spread of the coronavirus.

Those efforts taking action to prevent the spread of disease, be prepared with life-saving measures and ready to treat any potential sick as well as the disposition of fatalities and providing necessary crisis mental health services during response operations. 

A Public Health Emergency Preparedness meeting was held last Tuesday with more than 40 agencies including: local health care providers, emergency management agencies, emergency medical services, our police force, school administration, long-term care facilities, the hospital’s infection control team, hospital pharmacy, urgent care clinics, local businesses with health care clinics, county judges and court representatives. 

The purpose of the meeting was to aid in the coordination and mobilization of health and medical services in the event of a disaster and to share information on the novel coronavirus causing the disease we know now as COVID-19. Each agency had the opportunity to ask and answer questions we needed to know as agencies to help in the Public Health response.

According to Jo Ann Spaulding, Administrative Director of the Dubois County Health Department, the safety health and wellness of the community is the group’s mission. The well-being of everyone is a priority.

The local health department is asking everyone to be prepared not panicked. Residents should have a plan, remain calm and be confident in the health care providers, school administration, business organizations.

Also, know the facts and stay informed. For the most accurate information go to the CDC or ISDH websites.

Helpful links:

CDC https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html

ISDH https://www.in.gov/isdh/28470.htm

Currently, Dubois County does not have any confirmed cases.  For most up-to-date on local information, please visit our county website at Dubois County Health Department https://www.duboiscountyin.org/departments/health_department/index.php

Again, practice regular precautions to help prevent the spread of illnesses including COVID-19. Indiana is still seeing a high rate of influenza. Call your health care provider if you are sick, tell them of your recent travels along with your symptoms. 

If you experience symptoms such as fever, cough, and shortness of breath and have a recent history of travel to China or have had close contact with a laboratory-confirmed case of COVID-19 then please call your doctor’s office or the Emergency Department before you arrive let them know of your recent travel and symptoms. 

If you have traveled to China, Iran, Italy, Japan or South Korea in the last 14 days and have a fever with a cough or shortness of breath it is important that you alert staff immediately upon your arrival and apply a facemask. If you are unable to tolerate a mask, cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing or sneezing and throw the tissue in a trash container immediately after use.

The best way to protect yourself from the Coronavirus or any respiratory illness, including the flu, is to:

  • 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.
  • 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.

Please call the ISDH Epidemiology Resource Center at 317-233-7125 [317-233-1325 after hours] or e-mail epiresource@isdh.in.gov if you experience symptoms such as fever, cough and shortness of breath and have a recent history of travel to China or contact with someone suspected of having COVID-19.