ALLEN COUNTY, Ind. (WPTA21) - Allen County Health Officials have announced two positive cases of the novel coronavirus in Allen County.
The patients are now in isolation.
Local health officials said the department is working closely with the state health department to identify any close contacts of the patients who may have been exposed to ensure appropriate precautions are taken in accordance with the latest CDC guidance.
The first patient confirmed Thursday was a young adult who had recently traveled abroad and began exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19 shortly after returning to the U.S. The second patient also confirmed Thursday was an older adult with underlying chronic health conditions.
No further information about the patients will be released due to privacy laws.
“The COVID-19 virus has been making its way around the world since late last year, so this should not come as a surprise,” said Allen County Health Commissioner Dr. Deborah McMahan.
“These cases just confirm what we have been learning: this virus easily spreads from person-to-person, and the actions taken to slow its pace will allow our healthcare workers to continue to providing care to trauma, significant chronic conditions, acute issues like heart attacks in addition to respiratory infections like flu and COVID-19.”
As of Thursday, a total of 380 Hoosiers were tested for COVID-19. A total of 56 patients have tested positive for the virus, and two people have died in Indiana.
Globally, the total number of confirmed COVID-19 cases is at 222,642 Thursday morning, with 9,115 deaths.
More than 84,506 people have recovered from the virus globally.
In the United States, the death toll has climbed to at least 150, with at least 9,415 infected.
Northeast Indiana has three other reported positive COVID-19 cases: Wells, Adams and Noble counties.
Anyone with a fever of 100 degrees F AND a cough should first call their healthcare provider to discuss their symptoms and determine the next course of action.
The following local healthcare providers have set up specific screening for COVID-19:
- Fort Wayne Medical Education patients should call 260-423-2675
- IU Health patients should download the telemedicine application IU Health Virtual Visit and follow directions OR call 260-234-5400
- Lutheran Health patients should call 260-435-5050
- Parkview patients should call 1-877-PPG-TODAY or their specific provider; Parkview has also set up a self-screening website at Parkview.com/covid19screening
- Neighborhood Health Clinic patients should call 260-458-2570