Coronavirus confirmed in Noble County


NOBLE COUNTY, Ind. (WOWO): The first case of coronavirus in northeast Indiana has been confirmed in Noble County.

Dr. Terry Gaff of the Noble County Health Department says tests on a patient have come back with a “presumptive positive” result. Gaff tells WOWO News the patient had traveled to Florida before the onset of the virus. The patient is now in isolation in Parkview Noble Hospital’s intensive care unit. Gaff adds that others are being monitored.

The patient walked into the Parkview Physicians Group FirstCare Walk-In Clinic in Kendallville on March 1 and the location on New Vision Drive in Fort Wayne on March 5. Both clinics are closed Monday for deep cleaning.

If you visited either of those clinics, health officials say if you feel you may have been exposed to self-monitor for 14 days since the day of potential exposure. This includes checking your temperature twice a day and calling the doctor if you have a fever greater than 100.4 degrees and respiratory symptoms such as shortness of breath.

The East Noble School Corporation has told parents that the patient does not have school-age children and doesn’t live within the school district, so schools are not expecting to close as a preventative measure at this time.

This makes the fourth case of coronavirus confirmed in Indiana since last Friday.



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