DUBOIS COUNTY, Ind. (WEHT) — The Dubois County Health Department reported its first COVID-19 death Monday.
The health department says the person did have underlying medical conditions.
“It is with a heavy heart that we announce the loss of our first resident of Dubois County to novel coronavirus (COVID-19). It is tragic whenever there is a loss of life. This is not the kind of news we ever want to announce. This serves as an unfortunate reminder to all the community about the importance to do all we can in order to slow the spread of COVID-19 and help protect our most vulnerable friends and neighbors,” explained Dr. Ted Waflart, Dubois County Health Officer. “The threat of this virus is real. We all have the ability to make a difference and we all have the responsibility to keep each other safe.”
The health department says the best way to protect yourself is to wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, avoid touching your face, avoid close contact with people who are sick, stay home when you’re sick, cover your cough or sneeze and clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces. They say it is also important to wear a cloth face mask when out in public and continue to social distance even when you wear a cloth face mask.