Tippecanoe County Has First Presumptive Positive COVID-19 Case

Mar 18, 2020

The Tippecanoe County Health Department is working with public health officials in Orange County, Florida.
Credit Emilie Syberg / WBAA

A Tippecanoe County resident has the county’s first presumptive positive case of COVID-19.

Tippecanoe County Health Officer Dr. Jeremy Adler said Wednesday the resident became symptomatic and was tested while in Florida, and remains at a hospital there in stable condition.

He said the patient was in Florida for four days before showing any symptoms. 

“The incubation period for COVID-19 is considered to be anywhere between two and 14 days,” Adler said.

Adler would not release any other personal information about the individual, citing privacy laws. He said the health department would identify the patient’s close contacts so they could be monitored for illness. 

“I ask anyone who thinks they might have symptoms to call a health care provider so they can be evaluated by phone before going to a medical facility,” Adler said. 

Adler said the Tippecanoe County Health Department was working with both the Indiana State Department of Health and the Orange County (Florida) Health Department, as well as the local hospital where the resident is being treated. 

As of Wednesday afternoon, data provided by the Florida State Department of Health showed 25 non-Florida residents have tested positive for COVID-19 and been isolated in the state.