As of July 31, Benton County had added four cases of novel coronavirus, taking the total to 59 confirmed cases in the county.

The Benton County Emergency Operations Center is committed to get timely information to the public. Weekly updates will be sent out at the close of every week. Please check the Indiana State website for daily case number changes. You may still call the

Emergency Management Agency for questions or concerns, according to information from Benton County.

The Benton County Health Department is working closely with the Indiana State Department of Health monitoring the situation.

• Travel Restrictions

Benton County Officials would like to remind residents and visitors of the area guidelines for reopening Indiana. Benton County remains at Stage 4.5 Guidelines. All Benton County residents are required to follow Governor Holcomb’s Executive Order 20-26. The Benton County Commissioners will not add any additional restrictions at this time. Both State and local guidelines may be modified if conditions warrant.

• Recovery

The Health Department has been monitoring those affected and ensuring proper measures for quarantine. While conducting daily assessments, the symptoms of the patients have been improving and fifty-one (51) cases have been released from quarantine. The Benton County Health Department utilizes the Center for Disease Control and Indiana State Department of Health guidelines for monitoring and quarantine recommendations.

Although the overall numbers keep increasing, the number of active cases is lower than depicted on the Indiana State Maps and statistics.

• Testing and Cases

Currently, Benton County has fifty-nine (59) confirmed cases of COVID-19 (corona virus). Testing is being accomplished by the Indiana State Department of Health and by direction of physicians for patients that meet certain criteria. Please keep in mind our number of positive cases will remain the same, but officials are seeing recovery numbers increase. The number of active COVID-19 cases in Benton County stands at eight (8) with zero (0) deaths being reported. There have been eight hundred thirty-four (834) tests administered in total to Benton County residents for COVID-19.

The main signs and symptoms of COVID-19 (corona virus) are dry persistent cough and/or shortness of breath. Additional signs and symptoms include feaver, chills, repeated shaking with chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat, new loss of taste or smell.

Anyone exhibiting these symptoms should contact their physician for an evaluation.