As your representative in Washington, I want to relay to you the latest details on COVID-19 -- also known as coronavirus -- and what can be done to minimize risk to exposure.
Update From the Indiana State Department of Health
The complete list of counties with cases is included in the ISDH COVID-19 dashboard at https://www.in.gov/coronavirus/, which is updated every day at 12:00pm.
Messages from Cameron hospital, Parkview Health and IU Health:
- Follow the Cameron Memorial Facebook page and the Parkview Health Facebook page to keep up with latest relevant information and guidance on the virus.
- If you have questions, please consider this your first stop.
Cameron Memorial can direct questions to their COVID-19 Resource Line at (260) 667-5555. A team member will be available to answer questions and connect you with relevant resources.
If you feel symptoms or know someone who believes they are feeling symptoms of COVID-19, please refer to this resource page on parkview.com for screening resources.
More information on COVID-19, including answers to frequently asked questions, can be found at cdc.gov/covid19. Information can also be found on the Allen County Department of Health website or by calling the department’s COVID-19 hotline at 260-449-4499.
- IU Health is currently offering a free virtual screening for the COVID-19 virus online or through a mobile app. The virtual screening will be staffed 24/7 by IU health professionals. The medical professionals will recommend and facilitate next steps for patients based on the virtual screening results.
You can access the virtual screening through an app on the Apple store here, an app on the Google Play store here, or an online portal here.
Many caregivers are navigating how to talk to their kids during the #COVID19 emergency. Please share this video containing several tips on this topic with any caregivers you know who might be struggling during this time.
Milk banking – much like blood banking or food banking – is a critical need and particularly at risk during the COVID-19 outbreak. Now more than ever, The Milk Bank needs donations. Learn more about being a donor http://themilkbank.org/donate-milk.
Help with Alcohol, Opioid and Other Drug Addiction
COVID-19 has proven to be a high-risk situation for many Hoosiers that struggle with excessive alcohol use. Has this current pandemic impacted you or a loved one? Click here for tips on how to get the help needed at this time.
If you or a loved one is struggling with alcohol addiction you can visit this resource guide for AA help for Hoosiers in northeast Indiana.
If you or a loved one is struggling with an drug/opioid-related problem, you can call DMHA’s Disaster Distress Helpline at 800-985-5990 for crisis counseling. Calls are toll-free, multi-lingual and confidential. Hoosiers can also text “TalkWithUs” to 66746 to connect with a trained crisis counselor.
You can also call the Indiana State Department of Health at 317-233-7125 (or 317-233-1325 after 8 p.m.)
From the State:
Indiana is in the fifth and final stage of the Back On Track reopening plan.
Size limitations on social gatherings have been removed, though events holding over 500 people should get approval from their local health department.
Restaurants and bars may be open at full capacity with physical distancing measures remaining in place. Capacity levels at gyms and fitness centers have also been lifted and facilities can open with continued distancing and sanitation precautions.
Senior centers and meal sites can also be opened, again with certain precautions remaining in place.
Stage 5 has been adjusted slightly, not every establishment will not be able to operate at their original capacity because of the social distancing rules, as was originally planned when the stages of the plan were announced.
Keep Our Schools Open
If we fail to reopen our schools in the fall, we will fail to deliver on that promise for the 55 million students who depend on our public school system.
We are at risk of having an entire generation of children fall permanently behind. If that happens, our children’s futures will be the biggest casualty of the COVID-19 pandemic.
That's why I introduced the Reopen Our Schools Act in Congress to incentivize schools to reopen for in-person learning as well as a resolution expressing the sense of the House of Representative to Keep Our Schools Open.
Remote Learning Isn’t Working
Virtual learning has failed. Data suggest that school closings have only exacerbated a decline in the mental health of young people. Millions of K-12 students lack adequate access to virtual learning and students, more generally, are falling behind.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that mental health-related emergency department visits in 2020 were up 24 percent in children ages 5 to 11 and up by 31 percent in 12 to 17-year olds compared to 2019. School districts nationwide have reported “suicide clusters” and many schools report struggling to connect students with services.
As high as 20 percent of American students lack access to the technology needed for remote learning, and, on average, K-12 students have already suffered an average of seven months of “learning loss.”
Moreover, the CDC reported that schools operating in person with precautions in place have seen scant transmission of the coronavirus.
If you believe you are beginning to feel symptoms of COVID-19, follow the CDC's guidelines.
Patients with mild disease will recover in two weeks. For those with severe disease, about 20%, recovery is three to six weeks.
The virus is spread through coughs and sneezes. When a patient coughs into their hand and then touches a surface they can place the virus on that surface. If a person comes along and touches that surface and then their mouth or nose, or eyes, they can contract the virus.
List of Symptoms
Symptoms include the loss of taste of or smell (which studies have shown to be the first symptom in 25% of COVID cases) headache, muscle pain, sore throat, chills, and repeated shaking with chills.
If you are showing symptoms of COVID-19, the CDC recommends contacting your medical provider about testing options.
Read more from the CDC here, or at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/symptoms-testing/testing.html.
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