This past Monday, Evansville Mayor Lloyd Winnecke predicted that the coronavirus was in Evansville. Thursday, those suspicions were confirmed.
Vanderburgh County now has its first confirmed case of COVID-19. Deaconess made the announcement Thursday afternoon.
In a release, the hospital says the unidentified patient was diagnosed without ever visiting a physician or medical facility. Instead, the patient was diagnosed by first contacting Deaconess Clinic through a video streaming session before being sent for curbside testing where the test confirmed a positive result.
Deaconess officials say the patient is doing well at home, in quarantine. They stressed the recent measures put in place to diagnose COVID-19 without risking exposure for others worked in this case. They say they’re expanding the Deaconess Clinic LIVE sessions to 24/7 to handle the influx of potential cases during the current outbreak.