JASPER — As the Dubois County Health Department confirmed today, the fourth positive case of novel coronavirus has occurred in the county, and the Indiana State Department of Health reported that 23 county residents have been tested for the virus.

However, Dubois County Health Department Administrative Director Jo Ann Spaulding said the testing numbers provided by the state are “completely inaccurate.”

She said local health departments have been asking if there’s a way for them to know how many of their county residents are being tested.

She said the numbers released today are the state’s attempt to answer that, but they fall short.

“The Indiana State Department of Health is reporting numbers as they are able to collect them,” she said. “That might not be a total accurate count of total number of tests being done within the county. It’s just kind of a running total as reported.”

She said there’s more testing being done than what the state is reporting, and the number of residents tested will continue to grow as the state is processing the information.

“There’s more out there,” Spaulding said. “It’s just how information is reported and collected.”

She advises Dubois County residents to not focus on the number, but focus on intervention.

“Stay home. Self-quarantine if you know you have exposures,” she said. “It’s just best for everyone to be on the safe side. Always think of safety and your neighbor first.”

Twenty-four more people have died in Indiana from coronavirus-related illnesses, boosting the state’s virus death toll past 100 while its confirmed cases topped 3,400, state health officials said today.

The new deaths increased Indiana’s statewide deaths to 102 for COVID-19, the disease caused by the virus, while another 408 confirmed cases of the virus boosted the state’s total to 3,437, following corrections to the previous day’s total, the Indiana State Department of Health said.

The department has said that the additional deaths it reports each day occurred over multiple days. Those deaths are reported once there is a confirmed positive test for COVID-19 in each case.

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