St. Joseph County confirms first coronavirus case

Published: Mar. 11, 2020 at 3:14 PM EDT
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The first case of coronavirus in St. Joseph County has been confirmed, health officials announced Wednesday afternoon.

"As of today, I can confirm that we have one positive case here in St. Joseph County," Robin Vida, MPH, MHES says. She's with the St. Joseph County Health Department.

They say the patient is a man in his 50's who has been quarantined at his home.

He was tested Monday in the parking lot of an outpatient facility.

"What we understand at this point is that they had close contact with another individual within the State of Indiana who was confirmed as positive sometime earlier this week...This is, frankly, not a surprise for us, you know the first cases have been identified within the state in the last few days," Dr. Mark Fox says. He's the Deputy Health Officer for St. Joseph County.

Fox went on to say that they anticipated this would happen, and is something they have been planning for.

Ten other cases of coronavirus have been diagnosed in Indiana as of Wednesday morning. The St. Joseph County Health Department says around 50-60 tests for coronavirus have been completed in the county, and expect more cases to be confirmed as those tests are processed.

This is a developing story. Stay with us on air and online for updates.