COVID-19 coronavirus Outbreak

This illustration provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in January 2020 shows the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV). This virus was identified as the cause of an outbreak of respiratory illness first detected in Wuhan, China. (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention via AP)

Vigo County on Friday announced its first death attributable to COVID-19.

The Friday afternoon update to the Vigo County Health Department’s website showed a total of four cases, up one from the day before, as well as the first death.

The individual who died was in their mid-50s, said Joni Wise, of the Vigo County Health Department. She declined to say whether the person was a male or female.

The person, who had numerous underlying health conditions, was hospitalized on March 18 and died Thursday. Test results came back today, Wise said.

Officials investigated how the person arrived at the hospital. They later determined the person arrived in a private vehicle and no EMS units were exposed to the virus.

Earlier in the day, the Vermillion County Department of Health announced that county’s first confirmed case of COVID-19 infection. The Vermillion department said it is working closely with local and state officials to ensure contacts of the patient are identified and monitored and that all infection control protocols are followed.

The case marks the first for Vermillion County. Elsewhere in the Wabash Valley, Sullivan County has reported one confirmed case of COVID-19 infection. Clay and Parke counties have reported none.

On Friday morning the Indiana State Department of Health announced 338 new cases of COVID-19, bringing the state’s total to 981. The state health department on Friday morning also attributed 24 deaths to the virus, up from 17.

The complete list of counties with cases is included in the ISDH COVID-19 dashboard at, which will be updated daily at 10 a.m. Cases are listed by county of residence. Private lab reporting may be delayed and will be reflected in the map and count when results are received at ISDH.

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