Indiana has first confirmed case of coronavirus, governor declares public health emergency
Indiana health officials confirmed the first positive case of coronavirus in the state Friday morning. Gov. Eric Holcomb declared a public health emergency in response.
The patient is an adult male in Indianapolis who recently traveled to Boston.
Indiana State Health Commissioner Dr. Kristina Box said during the morning press conference that the individual is currently in self-isolation and stressed that it is “an isolated case at this time.”
Box also commended the individual and the hospital for “doing everything possible to limit exposure,” as the patient called ahead to the hospital and waited in the parking lot until health care providers could put on the proper precautionary outfits and retrieve him. He was then taken into an isolation room. At no time were other caregivers or patients exposed to the man, officials said.