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(May 6, 2020) – The Blackford County Health Department (BCHD) confirms 12 COVID-19 cases, 1 COVID-19 related death and 158 individuals have been tested to date. BCHD is working closely with the local and state officials to ensure that close contacts of the patients are identified and monitored and that all infection control protocols are being followed.

We encourage the community to call and ask questions regarding COVID-19, including the “Back on Track Indiana” plan that Governor Holcomb set. Also, please follow our Facebook page www.facebook.com/blackfordcountyhealth for frequent updates and testing information.

WHO NEEDS A COVID-19 TEST?

Healthcare providers may order a test for any patient who needs one based on their clinical evaluation. ISDH will continue to focus on testing our highest-risk Hoosiers so that we can continue to quickly provide results needed to protect the most vulnerable residents. Those individuals include:

• Anyone who is admitted to the hospital whose physician is concerned that their symptoms are consistent with COVID-19.

• Symptomatic healthcare workers (inpatient, outpatient, nursing home, and other long-term service facilities) and first responders who provide direct care to at-risk patients.

• Symptomatic long-term care facility residents or staff who have direct contact with patients.

• Persons experiencing homelessness.

• Patients who expire with suspected COVID-19 systems.

• Patients and staff at correctional facilities

• Patients age 65 and older with symptoms consistent with COVID-19.

• Patients with underlying health conditions with symptoms of COVID-19, including lung or heart disease, or who are immunocompromised, obese or pregnant women. (Source: ISDH).

Please visit https://www.coronavirus.in.gov/2524.htm for a map of testing sites across Indiana. This list will be updated daily. You can register for testing at https://lhi.care/covidtesting or call 888-634-1116.

(May 8, 2020) – The Blackford County Health Department (BCHD) in conjunction with Pizza Hut of Hartford City would like to announce the voluntary closure of their restaurant as of Tuesday May 5, 2020. There was a COVID-19 related exposure at this location. Out of an abundance of caution and due to Pizza Hut’s corporate COVID-19 policy, the restaurant will be closed for up to two weeks.

“Pizza Hut is committed to keeping it’s customers and employees safe. We look forward to serving the Hartford City community soon.” Todd Roberts, Pizza Hut Director of People and Culture

COVID-19 is not a foodborne illness and currently there is no known evidence supporting transmission associated with food. Before preparing or consuming food, it is important to wash hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds for general food safety. It may be possible to get COVID-19 by touching a surface like a packaging container that is contaminated with the virus and then touching your face but this is not thought to be the main way the virus spreads. According to the CDC, because of poor survivability of coronaviruses on surfaces, there is very low risk of spread from food products and packaging.

If anyone is experiencing symptoms of illness, they should contact their provider for evaluation, visit an urgent care clinic or register for testing at one of the local ISDH/Optum testing sites. You can register for testing at https://lhi.care/covidtesting or call 888-634-1116.

We encourage members of the community to call and ask questions rather than messaging us through Facebook. We do respond to Facebook messages, but not as quickly as phone calls. We appreciate everyone’s patience and understanding during this COVID-19 pandemic.