Coronavirus Update (03-09-20)

03/09/2020

Since Friday, March 6, three confirmed cases of Coronavirus (COVID-19) have been found in Central Indiana. While there are currently no known cases in Noblesville, the city is working closely with the Hamilton County Health Department on this issue and will continue to provide updates as it receives more information or if new developments occur.

“With the help of our federal, state and local partners, Noblesville is responding to this virus as we have planned and prepared for weeks,” Mayor Chris Jensen said. “Through our partnerships and proactive planning, we are confident that the city is prepared to respond to a public health crisis if it were to occur in Noblesville.”

The city has updated its local infectious disease response plan and Noblesville fire department is working directly with local health department officials to ensure the city’s EMS Division is ready to assist and respond to a public health crisis.

Noblesville public safety leaders are regularly communicating with the Hamilton County Emergency Management Agency (EMA) to ensure that best practices are being shared and practiced by Noblesville first responders and that the continuity of operations plan for Noblesville is up to date and can be enacted as needed.

“The city will continue to communicate with and rely on our public health officials to help guide us through any infectious disease threats should they arise in Noblesville,” said Public Safety Director Chad Knecht. “Frontline responders are updated with the latest information, trained on how to properly handle infectious disease cases, and are equipped with Personal Protective Equipment to reduce the risk and spread of infection.”

The city has worked with the Hamilton County Communications Center to ensure proper caller queries are made to help identify potential infectious diseases prior to arrival of frontline units. These processes have been implemented and will help to better identify and prepare for infectious disease response within our community.

The CDC does not recommend that people who are well wear a facemask to protect themselves from respiratory diseases, including COVID-19. Facemasks should be used by people who show symptoms of COVID-19 to help prevent the spread of the disease to others. Facemasks are also used by public health and public safety personnel who come in to contact with individuals who may be demonstrating symptoms of COVID-19.

The City of Noblesville asks residents to remain vigilant and help reduce the risk of spreading infection by:

  • Using good hand washing hygiene. Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • If soap and water is not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
  • Stay home when you are sick.

For additional information and resources to stay in touch with the best medical recommendations for action regarding Coronavirus (COVID-19), visit www.cityofnoblesville.org/coronavirus.