Indiana’s Fifth Covid-19 death came this morning with the passing of a patient in their 50s from Scott County.

The Scott County health department received documentation this morning that the county has its first death due to coronavirus. 

The patient was in their 50s and had a pre-existing condition. They have been self-quarantining at their residence where they passed early this morning, the health department said.

According to the SCHD’s Facebook page, the person that was diagnosed on Friday, March 20th with Coronavirus in Scott County.

“We have provided as much information about the patient and their risk to the community as we can, without violating their privacy. Please be respectful of their family during this difficult time,” noted the post. 

In the future, if a case poses a risk to the community, the SCHD will make a public notice of those events and gatherings to keep the community informed.

There were conflicting reports that a 2nd person was confirmed to have had Covid-19 in Scott County but that person was a resident of Washington County, despite having a Scott County address.

“We send condolences to the family and friends of the one who passed. This is a stark reminder of the severity of this disease. We as a community must listen to the guidance of the experts and practice all the ways to not spread this disease including social distancing. We all must protect those who are most vulnerable,” Scott Co. health officer, Dr. R. Kevin Rogers said.

The Indiana State Department of Health reported 76 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 on Sunday. The state’s total number of cases is now at least 201 positive cases.