The following is a statement from Noble County health official Terry Gaff, MD:
The Noble County Health Department announced today that cases of new coronavirus (COVID-19) have been reported at the Sacred Heart Home long-term care facility in Noble County, including the first death in the county.
Dr. Terry Gaff, health officer for Noble County, said, “We know that people over the age of 60 with underlying health conditions are most at risk during this pandemic. We ask everyone to join our efforts to protect these vulnerable people by not visiting long-term care facilities, but rather by using other options, such as providing residents with access to mobile devices to continue the virtual contact with loved ones through email or video call applications. “
No other patient information will be released due to privacy laws.
We work closely with state and federal authorities to implement infection control protocols to prevent further spread within the facility.
To avoid spread to the community, long-term care facilities must follow the guidelines of the Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH):
· Identify a separate space which is used only for confirmed or suspected COVID-19 patients;
· Limit contact with patients to only essential direct care providers;
· Establish a monitoring system to monitor and manage infection control activities and residents and staff who are symptomatic Click here for a full list of GDI guidelines for long-term care facilities.
COVID-19 is a respiratory disease caused by a new or new coronavirus that has not been identified before. It’s not the same as the type of coronavirus that causes colds.
COVID-19 is most commonly spread from one infected person to another by:
· Respiratory droplets released into the air by coughing and sneezing;
· Close personal contact, such as touching or shaking hands;
· Touch an object or surface with the virus on it, then touch your mouth, nose or eyes before washing your hands; and
Rarely, faecal contamination.
Many people who acquire COVID-19 have mild symptoms, can self-isolate and do not need to be tested. Seniors and those with underlying health conditions are at higher risk for serious illness.
The best ways to protect yourself are to wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, avoid touching your face with unwashed hands, avoid close contact with sick people. , stay home when sick, cover your cough or sneeze and clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces. Visit the Indiana State Department of Health’s COVID-19 website at https://coronavirus.IN.gov for more information, including frequently asked questions about COVID-19.