As the coronavirus pandemic enters another week, Hamilton County has become the second-highest county in Indiana for confirmed cases.
As of the last Indiana State Department of Health report available before press time, Hamilton County has 106 cases. Only Marion County (804) has more. Until the weekend, Lake County did have more cases than Hamilton, but that changed with the last update. Lake County now has 97.
Meanwhile, the state health department announced that confirmed cases of the virus were now at 1,786 in the state, with 35 fatalities. It has now spread to 79 of Indiana’s 92 counties.
According to the Hamilton County Health Department, information on individuals and travelers who have been advised to self-quarantine as a result of recent travels will not be released so that the county remains in compliance with the Health Insurance Portability And Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA), as well as, state and local regulations.
County health officials suggest that actions of individuals and businesses remains the same: Personal Protection, Social Distancing, Environmental Controls. These actions need to be done to protect health and slow the rate of transmission of the novel coronavirus COVID-19.  Epidemiological investigation of close contacts will determine those at increased risk and those contacts will be directed to take appropriate actions as needed.
The best ways to do that are:
Personal Protection - It’s Simple. Wash your hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom, before eating, and after blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Avoid close contact with people who are sick and stay home when you are sick.
Social Distancing - For most people, the immediate risk of being exposed to the virus that causes COVID-19 is thought to be low. Understand the virus and conduct a self risk assessment as to whether to attend mass gathering events.    If Community Spread of the virus occurs and risk levels elevate, local decisions will be made as to postponing or temporarily suspending large gathering events.
Environmental protections - Increase your efforts to clean and sanitize "high touch" point surfaces with an EPA approved product,   wear disposable gloves as extra layer of protection during cleaning activities and wash hands afterwards.
As for individuals who might be at higher risk for severe illness from COVID-19. based upon available information to date, those at high-risk for severe illness from COVID-19 include:
People aged 65 years and older
People who live in a nursing home or long-term care facility
Other high-risk conditions could include:
People with chronic lung disease or moderate to severe asthma
People who have serious heart conditions
People who are immunocompromised including cancer treatment
People of any age with severe obesity (body mass index [BMI] >40) or certain underlying medical conditions, particularly if not well controlled, such as those with diabetes, renal failure, or liver disease might also be at risk
People who are pregnant should be monitored since they are known to be at risk with severe viral illness, however, to date data on COVID-19 has not shown increased risk
Many conditions can cause a person to be immunocompromised, including cancer treatment, smoking, bone marrow or organ transplantation, immune deficiencies, poorly controlled HIV or AIDS, and prolonged use of corticosteroids and other immune weakening medications