The Brown County Health Department, Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH), and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) are responding to an outbreak of respiratory disease caused by a novel (new) coronavirus that was first detected in China and which has now been detected in the United States, including Indiana. The virus has been named “SARS-CoV-2” and the disease it causes has been named “coronavirus disease 2019” (abbreviated “COVID-19”).
Symptoms of novel coronavirus include fever, cough and shortness of breath. Like influenza, human coronaviruses 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.
The best way to protect yourself from any respiratory illness, including the flu, is to:
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Stay home when you are sick.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
March 27th, 2020
As cases in the county and around the state continue to increase, please watch the ISDH Website. Their COVID-19 map is updated every day at 10am. Our local and state Public Health professionals complete a disease tracing with each positive that we receive. If you are not directly contacted by either state or local public health, you would not be considered direct contact with that case. PLEASE CONTINUE TO FOLLOW THE GOVERNOR'S STAY AT HOME ORDER. Treat all you come in contact with as if they are positive. Maintain a 6ft distance between you and others around you, and BE SAFE
March 23rd, 2020
One Brown County resident tested positive for coronavirus disease (COVID-19) on March 23, 2020, the first confirmed case in the county, according to Dr. Norman Oestrike, Brown County Health Officer. Please see the Brown County Democrat or the Brown County Indiana Emergency Management facebook page for the full press release.
March 19th, 2020
At this time there are confirmed cases of COVID-19 in all 50 states. There are 56 confirmed cases in Indiana which is up from 39 yesterday. Brown County does not have any confirmed positive cases. Brown County Emergency Management (EMA) is working hand in hand with The Brown County Health Department’s Preparedness Coordinator to identify the needs of our community while preparing for the possibility that we will have a positive here in this county.
Late last week we met with the CRH Emergency Services Manager and our county Dispatch Supervisor to confirm the appropriate measures were in place to ensure the safety of our first responders. We also met with county and town law enforcement agencies and all six fire chiefs to discuss how we can come together to continue to serve the public, what polices needed to be implemented now and to begin discussing future needs should resources become limited.
The Emergency Operations Center (EOC) was opened on Friday March 13th, in an effort to coordinate the response and ensure we are prepared to assist our citizens and various public and private partners.
In addition to the Preparedness Coordinator and the EMA we added a liaison to assist with both County and Town government and our first task over this past weekend was to make certain that there is a solid plan to ensure the continuity of our local government.
On Sunday we began working with local community leaders to develop a plan to address the needs of our most vulnerable and at-risk citizens. Out of that collaboration came the creation of a COAD, Community Organizations Active in a Disaster and I am very proud of what they have accomplished in such a short time. The COAD is the official group working through EMA and will ultimately become a recognized state group to assist with future emergency if the arise.
As you know, things are changing rapidly with new information coming in quickly. For the duration of this public health emergency we will continue to meet, provide each other updates and collaborate. Our response will continue to expand. It is our hope that by working together on the front end and being proactive we continue to provide a seamless response to our citizens.
The work put in by this group is proof that this is not just a health emergency, but a county wide emergency that will take all of us working together to get is through.
Brown County Emergency Management Facebook
Brown County COAD Facebook
Indiana State Department of Health