Coronavirus Information and Resources

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INDIANA COVID-19 CALL CENTER

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877-826-0011 

If you are calling with general questions about Novel Coronavirus press 1; if you are a healthcare provider please press 2.

The primary purpose of the call center is to provide guidance from the CDC to healthcare providers and the public. Call center staff will not offer personal medical advice or provide test results. If you are sick, consult your healthcare provider.

Things you need to know about COVID-19

Novel coronavirus is a newly identified coronavirus that is causing an outbreak of lower respiratory illness, COVID-19. It was first identified in December 2019 in the city of Wuhan, Hubei Province, China.

Since then, the virus has been identified in multiple other countries, including cases in the United States. 

ISDH has created a dashboard showing the number of presumptive positive cases in Indiana and the number of tests performed. The dashboard is located on the ISDH COVID-19 website at https://on.in.gov/COVID19 and will be updated at 10 a.m. daily.  You may also subscribe to email updates from ISDH through this link.  

As a best practice for overall health in cold and influenza season, the CDC recommends that individuals receive the influenza vaccination and engage in every day, preventive measures to prevent the spread of germs and avoid illness, such as:

  • Wash hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use alcohol-based hand sanitizers.
  • Avoid touching eyes, mouth and nose with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with individuals who are sick.
  • Stay home when you are sick. The CDC recommends that individuals remain home for at least 24 hours after you no longer have a fever or signs of a fever (i.e., chills, feeling warm, flushed appearance).
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then immediately discard the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
  • Take any anti-viral medication prescribed to you as instructed.

 Know the facts about coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) and help stop the spread of rumors.

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/about/share-facts.html?CDC_AA_refVal=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.cdc.gov%2Fcoronavirus%2F2019-ncov%2Fabout%2Fshare-facts-stop-fear.html

Handwashing is one of the best ways to protect yourself and your family from getting sick. Learn when and how you should wash your hands to stay healthy. Click here to learn more. 

Recommended guidance on when to keep your child home when they are sick:

https://www.healthychildren.org/English/family-life/work-play/Pages/When-to-Keep-Your-Child-Home-from-Child-Care.aspx

 Additional information for the U.S. is available on the CDC website.

What are we doing locally?

The Montgomery County Health Department is working closely with the Indiana State Department of Health, CDC, Montgomery County School Corporations, local officials, and other county agencies to monitor the situation and develop a coordinated and comprehensive public health plan to ensure we are prepared if cases arise in our community. Montgomery County Health Department is prepared to implement public health recommendations as required. Updated information will be shared with the community and posted on this page as it becomes available or on the health department Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/MontCoHealth

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UPDATE 03/24/2020:

Montgomery County Confirms First Case of Novel Coronavirus - MEDIA RELEASE

UPDATE 03/17/2020: 

On Monday, March 16th, Montgomery County officials declared a local public health emergency. The emergency declaration, which the board of the commissioners approved in a special meeting at the South Boulevard County Building and remains in effect until next Monday, activates the county’s emergency response plans. It gives the commissioners the authority to take certain actions in the event of a local government disruption. No public gatherings were banned, but local health officers have power under the act to issue a ban “when considered necessary” to prevent or minimize spreading the virus. All public county government meetings have been canceled until further notice. For more information, follow the Journal Review article https://www.journalreview.com/stories/health-emergency-declared,116003.

In addition, Governor Eric Holcomb announced on March 16th more steps to slow the spread of COVID-19, including in-person closures of restuarants, bars, and nightclubs. For more information regarding closures, follow https://calendar.in.gov/site/gov/event/gov-holcomb-announces-more-steps-to-slow-the-spread-of-covid-19/

UPDATE 03/10/2020: 

Two individuals with positive tests announced earlier today are residents of Boone and Adams counties. Five Indiana counties now have cases of COVID-19. The other residents who have been diagnosed live in Marion, Hendricks and Noble counties.

Two of the people with COVID-19 are in the hospital; the other four people are in self-isolation. ISDH continues to work with local health departments to identify close contacts of the existing patients and is prepared for the possibility that additional cases may occur.

All of the cases identified so far have a connection to another case.

ISDH has created a dashboard showing the number of presumptive positive cases in Indiana and the number of tests performed. The dashboard is located on the ISDH COVID-19 website at https://on.in.gov/COVID19 and will be updated at 10 a.m. daily.

UPDATE 03/09/2020:

SOUTH MONTGOMERY SCHOOLS PRESS RELEASE - 03/09/2020 @ 4:30 PM

Southmont Schools began working closely with the Montgomery County Health Department (MCHD) as concerns of COVID-19 came to national attention.

Southmont High School show choirs performed at a competition at Avon High School on Friday, March 6, 2020. Today, the district took precautions related to a confirmed COVID-19 case of an elementary student in Avon Community School Corporation, which has closed all schools through March 20. Thirty-five Southmont High School students and two staff members attended the choral event.

As a precaution, these students and staff members were informed to self-isolate at home today, March 9, 2020, as the district and the MCHD evaluated the situation. This absence will be exempt. All Southmont Schools remained in session.

The MCHD determined that Southmont students and staff had no direct contact with the virus at Avon High School. The MCHD has advised that all students and staff are able to return to classes on Tuesday, March 10, 2020.

“Southmont Schools will follow the guidance of the Montgomery County Health Department, which will instruct if any further measures need to be taken for the health and safety of our students, staff, and families,” said Dr. Shawn Greiner, Superintendent of Schools. “We will continue precautionary safeguards as directed by health officials, and will maintain updates to our website, www.southmontschools.org/coronavirus, with the latest information and resources for our community.”

Currently, there are no confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Southmont Schools, or in Montgomery County.

An online resource for families has been created at www.southmontschools.org/coronavirus. Southmont Schools will continually update this page with the latest guidance, information, and communication regarding COVID-19 or coronavirus. Important messages will be emailed to students, staff, and families via School Messenger, and also published on Southmont Schools’ social media outlets.

UPDATE 03/06/2020:

The Montgomery County Public Health Decision Team met Friday 3/6/2020 with Emergency Support Function 8 partners to discuss the Coronavirus Annex to the Public Health All Hazards Emergency Operations Plan.  Preparations and planning are taking place at all levels of schools, city and county agencies, local medical facilities, long term care centers, and first responders.  CDC guidance is being shared with all entities who have the potential of impact from the Coronavirus.  Please take the time to make appropriate plans for your family if and when the need to self quarantine becomes necessary.  You should make plans to avoid large events and other functions if you or your family members are not feeling well in order to minimize the spread of any cold or virus to others as we work through this event.  

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