*UPDATE* The COVID-19 patient in this article was wrongfully reported as a Pulaski County case. The patient is from Starke County.
The Pulaski County Health Department reported the first positive COVID-19 case in Pulaski County on Wednesday afternoon. The patient is hospitalized. No other information about the patient will be released due to privacy laws.
Officials with the Health Department are working with local and state officials to ensure that contacts of the patient are identified and monitored and all infection control protocols are being followed.
Pulaski County Public Health Nurse Andrea Keller reminds residents that COVID-19 is commonly spread from an infected person by respiratory droplets released into the air by coughing and sneezing, close personal contact such as shaking hands, touching an object or surface with a virus on it then touching the face, and rarely fecal contamination.
Keller urges residents to keep washing hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds and use hand sanitizer. Stay home if ill, and clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.