The first known suspected COVID-19 related death of a Franklin County citizen was announced by Franklin County health officials March 25. The male in his 60s had been in the care of doctors at an Indiana hospital since March 13, reported Franklin County Sheriff’s Department Deputy Jason Lovins, the county’s COVID-19 public information officer.
No further information about the patient will be released due to privacy laws. Hospital officials notified the Franklin County Health Department of the person’s death.
Officials emphasized the importance of all citizens doing their part to slow the spread of the virus and protect those in our community who might be more vulnerable. Visit the Indiana State Department of Health’s COVID-19 website at https://coronavirus.IN.gov for more information, including frequently asked questions.
The Franklin County Board of Commissioners have announced the declaration of a level orange travel watch in conjunction with Gov. Eric Holcomb’s stay-at-home order, which took effect March 25 at midnight.
A level orange travel watch means that conditions are threatening to the public's safety. During the watch, only essential travel, such as obtaining groceries/food, necessary medical supplies/prescriptions, medical appointments, to and from work or emergency situations, is recommended.
The level orange travel watch goes into effect March 25 at 6 p.m. Everyone is encouraged to do their part to slow the virus' spread and protect those in our community who might be more vulnerable. Including Franklin County, 22 Indiana counties are under a travel advisory. For information on which counties are under a travel advisory, go to https://www.in.gov/dhs/traveladvisory/.