Indiana has 1st illness linked to coronavirus outbreak

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Indiana health officials have confirmed the first illness in the state from the coronavirus outbreak.

State Health Commissioner Dr. Kris Box said Friday the ill man was in stable condition in self isolation after going to an Indianapolis hospital late Thursday with symptoms. Box said the man had traveled to Boston, where he was exposed to others with COVID-19.

The man had a cough and low-grade fever and did not need to remain hospitalized, Box said. Health officials are reviewing the man’s travel and who else he had been in contact with since returning to Indianapolis on Wednesday.

Gov. Eric Holcomb announced he was declaring a public health emergency in order to obtain federal funding for coronavirus response.

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