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August 12, 2020

6/24/2020 12:10:00 PM
Coronavirus claims 5 more as spread continues

Jennings County Health Department announced Friday that over the past 10 days, there have been five new deaths related to the novel coronavirus. All were adults from Jennings County.

In its press release and in a telephone interview, the Jennings County Health Department said no further information about the deaths will be released due to privacy laws.

The only statement by Health Department Officer Dr. Gregory Heumann was to extend prayers to these patients' family and friends during this time of loss.

Many rumors have circulated around Jennings concerning these deaths and speculating that some might have occurred at the local nursing home. Dan Kern, director of Majestic Care Nursing Home could not confirm any information, citing confidentiality issues.

The nursing home, he said, has been under "lockdown" since early March and all staff are "following CDC (Centers for Disease Control) guidelines" to keep residents safe.

He went on to comment how much local support has meant to staff and residents.

"The community here has been great," he said. "Lots of care packages have been sent to us. Those kinds of things have raised spirits and kept them up."

The local Majestic Care is one of 8 facilities Majestic has in Indiana, the others being in Avon, Connersville, Fort Wayne, New Haven, Crown Point, Sheridan and Fort Wayne.

A statement from the company's regional director came in too late and will be published next week..

Safety Reminders

The JC Health Department says COVID-19, a respiratory illness, is most commonly spread from an infected person to others through:

• Respiratory droplets released into the air by coughing and sneezing;

• Close personal contact, such as touching or shaking hands;

• Touching an object or surface with the virus on it, then touching your mouth, nose, or eyes before washing your hands; and

• Rarely, fecal contamination.

Many people who acquire COVID-19 will have mild symptoms, can self-isolate and do not need to be tested. Older individuals and those with underlying medical conditions are at higher risk for severe 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 people who are sick, stay home when you are sick, cover your cough or sneeze, clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces, and maintain social distancing.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that everyone should wear a cloth face cover in public. Cloth face coverings should not be placed on young children under age 2, anyone who has trouble breathing, or is unconscious, incapacitated or otherwise unable to remove the mask without assistance. The cloth face cover is meant to protect other people in case you are infected.

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