PAOLI -- In consultation with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Indiana State Department of Health, the Orange County Health Department Wednesday confirmed the first case of novel coronavirus in a county resident.

The patient is in isolation, according to a press release. No additional information about the patient will be released due to privacy laws.

The release stated the county is working with the ISDH to identify any close contacts of the patient who might have been exposed to ensure that appropriate precautions are taken in accordance with the latest CDC guidance.

"At this time, the risk to the public is believed to be low," the release stated.

“The local health department has been preparing for weeks to ensure that we have resources and systems in place to limit or prevent the spread of COVID-19 in Orange County, stated local health officer Dr. Jose Lopez."We are taking every step possible to identify the cause of this individual's illness and ensure that the patient and our community stay healthy.”

Indiana cases climb to 477 on Tuesday

Indiana saw 115 new cases of the coronavirus Tuesday, with the count for the state rising to 477 from 365 in just one day. Two additional deaths were recorded, one each in Howard and Hancock counties, bringing the state total to 14, according to the ISDH.

State health officials said in a press release that they updated Tuesday's count of 365 to reflect two duplicate cases in Marion County.

Marion County continued to be the state’s hotbed for cases, seeing 67 new cases for a total of 266 cases.

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