Six more confirmed cases of COVID-19 have been reported in the last two days, bringing Knox County’s total now to 57.
There are currently 19 active cases of the coronavirus; two are expected to come out of quarantine by the end of the weekend.
County health officer Dr. Alan Stewart said the last six cases seem to stem from previous ones.
There are two more connected with a local church that is seeing an outbreak.
While Stewart has declined to provide any identifying details about COVID-19 patients, elders with Victory Community Church, 1201 State St., did make an announcement via Facebook this week that, due to positive cases among parishioners, they were cancelling services for two weeks.
They are set to return on July 12.
In a separate instance, the spouse of someone who was diagnosed earlier in the week. It’s possible, Stewart said, they contracted the virus on a trip out of town.
Another two patients, he said, are a mother and daughter; where they contracted the virus, Stewart said, has him somewhat puzzled.
And while most of the latest confirmed cases of COVID-19 have seen a lessening of overall symptoms, one new case has been admitted to the hospital for treatment.
Stewart said that patient is reflective of early coronavirus cases, which sometimes took a turn for the worse well into the infection. This patient was set to come out of quarantine this weekend but is now requiring supportive care.
This person isn’t, however, considered to be critical, Stewart said.
“It’s still out there,” Stewart said of what he is now calling “community spread” of COVID-19. “I do feel like we’re getting a handle on tracing it. A lot of these cases are related, so maybe it’s not as bad as it seems.
“At least not right now.”
A trio of other previous cases, Stewart said, have since left town.
One was a traveler from Florida, another a contracted worker from the state of Ohio.
Another, one who previously disappeared, has turned up in Henderson, Kentucky, and another has left and gone to Lawrenceville, Illinois.
Stewart continues to place positive COVID-19 patients in quarantine for a full two weeks. Identified at-risk contacts are asked to self-isolate for ten days.
Being diligent, especially as Hoosiers get closer to the final stage of Gov. Eric Holcomb's back-on-track plan, set to get underway on July 4, is imperative, now more than ever.
The most common symptoms, Stewart has said, continue to be a loss of taste and smell as well as sinus congestion and a dry hacking cough.
Throat soreness is also often reported as a symptom along with muscle aches and pains and "general malaise," Stewart said.
Fever seems to now be less prominent.
If you are experiencing any symptoms, isolate yourself and contact your health care provider or the Good Samaritan Convenient Care Clinic, 1813 Willow St., at 812-885-8941.
STATE SEES 9 MORE DEATHS, 510 NEW CASES
State health officials said Friday that nine more Hoosiers have died from COVID-19 and Indiana has 510 newly confirmed cases of the respiratory disease caused by the coronavirus, The Associated Press reports.
The nine additional deaths bring the number of Hoosiers confirmed to have died from COVID-19 to 2,403, the Indiana State Department of Health said. The state agency has also recorded 192 fatalities considered coronavirus-related by doctors but without confirmation of the illness from test results.
Those deaths give Indiana 2,595 confirmed or presumed deaths from COVID-19.
Indiana's 510 newly diagnosed COVID-19 cases raise the state's confirmed cases to 44,140.
The number of infections is thought to be far higher because many people have not been tested, and studies suggest people can be infected with the virus without feeling sick.
To date, 453,890 test results have been reported to the state agency and 9.7% of those results have been positive for the coronavirus.
Indiana's weekly update of pandemic deaths at the state's nursing homes, released each Monday, shows that deaths at those homes increased by 58 in a week to 1,140.
For most people, the coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms, such as fever and cough that clear up in two to three weeks. Older adults and people with existing health problems are among those particularly susceptible to more severe illness, including pneumonia.