FRANKLIN, Ind.– Health officials in Johnson County say seven residents of a long-term care facility in Franklin tested positive for COVID-19.
The Johnson County Health Department is working with the Indiana State Department of Health to make sure proper infection-control protocols are in place to help limit further spread of the virus.
According to the Johnson County Joint Incident Management Team, the outbreak occurred at the Otterbein Senior Life Campus.
The patients reportedly had mild symptoms or no symptoms. They are currently being treated in a hospital. Thursday, Dr. Kristina Box, the state health commissioner, said having an effective plan already in place will prevent people whose symptoms do not warrant a trip to the hospital from going unnecessarily.
“Some could have been appropriately isolated at the facility at the time,” Box said. “This taxes our healthcare system unnecessarily and exposes healthcare workers and others to this virus. We need every facility to have a firm plan in place about how they will handle COVID-19 cases.”
Every long-term should have a plan ready to isolate residents who may test positive but don’t need to be hospitalized, Johnson County Health Officer Dr. Craig Moorman said. This will help preserve resources for those who are most in need.
“Sending patients to the hospital who do not need emergent care can quickly overwhelm our healthcare system at a time when we can least afford it,” Moorman said. “The best place for many people with COVID-19 to be, no matter what their age, is at home, where they can recover in isolation.”
Earlier Thursday, state health officials announced that there were 645 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the state, along with 17 deaths.