Vanderburgh County family self-quarantining after positive COVID-19 results

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UPDATE: VANDERBURGH COUNTY, Ind. (WEHT) — A family in Vanderburgh County has been advised to self quarantine until April 24th after one family member tested positive for COVID-19.

Kate Small lives with her mother and 7-year-old son. Around March 14th, Small’s mother returned from vacation and started feeling ill. Small says since she is over 60 years old, she was tested for COVID-19. On March 22, her results came back positive. Last week, Small started feeling ill and also asked to be tested, but was denied one.

“When I started exhibiting symptoms I ended up with a scheduled phone call with the Deaconess Triage Nurse via Telehealth and again I expected to be tested and they told me at the time they are only testing one person per household,” said Kate Small.

Officials with Deaconess tell Eyewitness News each case regarding testing is reviewed individually and they are following CDC guidelines. According to the CDC, Kate would be considered a priority three patient due to her mild symptoms. Her son would be a Non-Priority as long as he remains symptom free.

CDC Priority levels for COVID-19 testing. Courtesy of www.CDC.gov.


“I want to make clear I am not angry with the local healthcare people, I think they’re doing absolutely the best they can. I’ve had nothing but wonderful experiences with them, but part of what needs to happen to understand what’s happening with this virus is we need to know exactly how many people have it,” said Small.

Common symptoms of COVID-19 include fever, cough and shortness of breath.

When to seek medical attention with COVID-19 symptoms. Courtesy of www.CDC.gov.

“Keep in mind that you can be what they call a-symptomatic. You could not show any symptoms and not only be positive but in fact be transmitting it to others,” said Small.

Small says she experiences fatigue but her mother is doing better since her diagnosis. They say they are having all supplies delivered and left at their porch so they don’t have to leave their home or interact with other people. As long as Small’s son doesn’t start showing symptoms, Small says health officials told the family they can end their quarantine on April 24.

Even if you aren’t showing any symptoms of COVID-19, the CDC is now recommending you wear a mask if you have to leave your home. This is to better protect you from catching the virus, and others in the event you are a carrier.

VANDERBURGH COUNTY, Ind. (WEHT) — A family in Vanderburgh County has been advised to self quarantine until April 24th after one family member tested positive for COVID-19.

In an Eyewitness News exclusive interview, Kate Small says her mother Vicki, went on vacation and started feeling sick when she returned around March 14. Kate says Vicki didn’t have the classic COVID-19 symptoms, but was given a test through Deaconess which came back positive.

Shortly after, Kate began feeling sick and asked for a test. She says healthcare officials with Deaconess informed her since her mother had already tested positive and they lived together, she and her 7-year-old son should assume they had it, but wouldn’t be tested.

Eyewitness News reached out to officials with Deaconess who tell us each case regarding testing is reviewed individually and they’re following CDC guidelines.

Kate says she is thankful for local medical personnel working to help those who are sick and wants to use her family’s experience to inform others.

“Keep in mind that you can be what they call a-symptomatic. You could not show any symptoms or you could show what happened to us which is not very classic symptoms and not only be positive but in fact be transmitting it to others,” said Kate Small.

Kate says as long as her son doesn’t exhibit symptoms, her family can come out of quarantine on April 24th.

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(This story was originally published on April 7, 2020)

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