First case of COVID-19 from Tippecanoe County resident in Florida

The Tippecanoe County Health Department announced Wednesday there is one presumptive positive case of COVID-19 in a resident from Tippecanoe County.

Posted: Mar 18, 2020 4:05 PM
Updated: Mar 18, 2020 10:40 PM

TIPPECANOE COUNTY, Ind. (WLFI) — The Tippecanoe County Health Department announced Wednesday there is one presumptive positive case of COVID-19 in a resident from Tippecanoe County. 

The health department said the person became symptomatic while in Florida and is currently being hospitalized there.

They tested presumptive positive at the Florida Department of Health Laboratories. 

This mean the person tested psoitive but samples will be sent to the CDC for final confirmation. 

The person is in stable condition and will not be released from the hospital until they are cleared as safe.

Dr. Jeremy Adler is the health officer at the Tippecanoe County Health Department.

He said the person started feeling symptoms four days Into their trip to Florida.

The Tippecanoe County Health Department will begin an investigation to ensure anyone in close contact to this individual who is in the county is being closely monitored.

It is also trying to figure out when this person left Tippecanoe County. 

Dr. Adler could not tell us the persons gender or their age group.

The health department is still monitoring the situation here in our county.

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