• By Kirk Gaw

Uncovering The Faces Of Coronavirus As It Hits Home

She is an inspiration. Walkerton has been the hometown of Judy Zahrn-Hoover since, she grew up here. She graduated from John Glenn High School in 1978 and has always been involved in the community. Judy has been a Walkerton Facebook Group member participating for years. She went to school with some of my brothers. Judy even babysat me and another brother when we lived on Roosevelt in Walkerton. She has been busy all these years working in healthcare and has been employed at a Nursing Home facility near South Bend.

Things had been going well with her and husband, she is a grandma. They dealt with the coronavirus "stay-at-home" orders mandated by Indiana Governor, Eric Holcolmb since, March 16th. But, Judy was and still is an "essential worker" who maintained her work in a local nursing home. She kept busy with the residents in the "activities department." Until, last June things were going well for the most part.

She said, "We made it through March, April and May and then it hit us."

"Even, though I wore a mask and took the precautions I still got sick ."

Judy and her husband both went to get tested for coronavirus on June 10th. Her whole World changed after her results came back from the labs on June 12th and she confirmed that she was positive for COVID-19. Her husband also, turned out positive but, is asymptomatic.

Judy Zahrn-Hoover is a survivor of coronavirus. She is pictured here with grandson, London. She cannot wait for the health scare to be over so she can visit with him.

I asked Judy to describe for our readers what the symptoms are for those who are curious?

She said, "My symptoms started out with a headache, fever, fatigue, body aches, cough, diarrhea, nausea, loss of appetite ( I lost 10 pounds), lost all taste, smell, and slept a lot."

According to the Centers For Disease Control (CDC) you should seek Emergency Medical Attention by looking for the emergency warning signs for COVID-19. If someone is showing any of these signs, seek emergency medical care immediately:

• Trouble breathing

• Persistent pain or pressure in the chest

• New confusion

• Bluish lips or face

• Inability to wake or stay awake

*This list is not all possible symptoms. Please call your medical provider for any other symptoms that are severe or concerning to you.

Also, according to the CDC if you test positive stay home except to get medical care.

• Stay home. Most people with COVID-19 have mild illness and are able to recover at home without medical care. Do not leave your home, except to get medical care. Do not visit public areas.

• Take care of yourself. Get rest and stay hydrated. Take overthe-counter medicines, such as acetaminophen, to help you feel better.

• Stay in touch with your doctor. Call before you get medical care. Be sure to get care if you have trouble breathing, or have any other emergency warning signs, or if you think it is an emergency.

• Avoid public transportation, ride-sharing, or taxis.

Judy Zahrn-Hoover added, "Think of your loved ones when going out in the public."

"I wore a mask daily, wore rubber gloves to pump gas in my car and, would change my clothes when I got home from work."

"Don’t touch your face and use hand sanitizer."

"I did all this but still tested positive due to working in a nursing home where someone brought the virus in."

Judy, always hopeful and with good advice. I asked her what she is gonna do once, they are healed and back to their selves?

"I want to see my family in person."

"I missed visiting with my grandson from South Carolina this summer."

"I want to be able to go shopping."

"Most of all I want to thank my family and neighbors in person for all they have done for me while, I have been quarantined."

"And to be able to go out and eat with my husband who was also quarantined."

Judy and her husband are progressing with recovery. They are lucky ones.

Today, in the State of Indiana there are 53,370 positive cases. From the week of July 14th 700 new cases were reported with 10 deaths over 7 days in Indiana. 2,592 deaths since, March 2020.

Please check the ISDH updates at:

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