Another spike in confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Montgomery County was announced early Saturday afternoon by the Montgomery County Health Department.
A total of 10 cases, approximately a 9 percent increase, were confirmed. In addition, a new fatality was connected. That leaves Montgomery County with 126 cases and three deaths since the first case was reported on March 24.
More updates and other information can be found on the Montgomery County Health Department website and social media channels. Other information is available on the Center for Disease Control and Prevention website (www.coronavirus.gov) or the Indiana State Department of Health website (www.in.gov/coronavirus).
According to the state health department, the confirmed case count in Indiana is at 23,732. Indiana has now reached a thousand deaths, at 1,362. There have been 135,686 tests performed with 17.5 percent of those positive.
Even as the state’s stay-at-home order has been relaxed, practicing social distancing remains vital to managing the spread of COVID-19. Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb and the Indiana State Department of Health recommend wearing facemasks or cloth face coverings when in public. Face coverings decrease the spread of COVID-19 and is a social responsibility.
The Centers for Disease Control also advises the use of simple cloth face coverings that are fashioned from household items or made at home from common materials. These are relatively inexpensive and can be used as an additional, voluntary public health measure.
The masks recommended are cloth face coverings and not surgical masks or N95 respirators. Those are critical supplies that must continue to be reserved for healthcare workers and other medical first responders, as recommended by current CDC guidance.
The cloth mask should:
• fit snugly but comfortably against the side of the face
• be secured with ties or ear loops
• include multiple layers of fabric
• allow for breathing without restriction
• be able to be laundered and machine dried without damage or change to shape
The Paper’s website, www.thepaper24-7.com, has a COVID-19 section with local, state, national and international stories, news and notes. On the homepage, look for the COVID-19 tile and click on it.
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