Possible coronavirus under investigation in Indiana

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PORTER COUNTY. Ind. (WTWO/WAWV) — A possible case of coronavirus is currently under investigation in Porter County in northern Indiana.

The Porter County Health Department said an individual traveling through the county was “potentially infected” with the virus. Final diagnosis “awaits the results of laboratory tests” to be performed by the Centers for Disease Control.

The patient was isolated at a Porter County hospital out of an abundance of caution.

Currently the CDC said they are now looking at dozens of possible cases of the disease, with four states having confirmed cases.

The disease was first reported in Wuhan, China.

While no local cases have been reported at this time, Sullivan County Community Hospital infection control nurse, Holly Clark, said anyone who has traveled to the province or come into contact with someone from that region is at risk. Clark said outside of that, exposure is limited in the U.S.

“More than likely the disease is low risk,” Holly said.

United States Secretary of Health and Human Services Alex Azar said precautions are in place to contain the outbreak within the U.S.

“The playbook for responding to an infectious disease outbreak is relatively simple and multi-tiered. You identify cases, isolate people, diagnose them and treat them,” Azar said.

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