Novel COVID-19 Resources

Health Department FAQ for COVID-19/Novel Coronavirus

New COVID case demographics page (Master page)

 Visit the Indiana State Department of Health page for the latest state information

Visit the CDC page for the latest updates.

Visit CDC travel restrictions, returning procedures, and what to do if you get sick.

NOVEL CoronaVirus

What You Need to Know

Coronavirus is a type of virus that causes diseases of varying severities, ranging from the common cold to more serious respiratory disease. A novel (new) coronavirus is a new strain of coronavirus that hasn’t been identified before in humans. 

  • Protective face masks are one time use and should be thrown away daily. The overuse of single use masks may increase your chances of becoming sick.

How is it spread?

  • Through coughing and sneezing.
  • Close personal contact, such as touching or shaking hands.
  • Because novel coronavirus is new, we are learning more each day about the transmission patterns and incubation periods.
  • Touching an object or surface with the virus on it, then touching your mouth, nose, or eyes before washing your hands.

What are the symptoms?

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Severe Illness

How can I protect myself when I travel?

People who have traveled to or from China since December 1, 2019, could have been exposed to the virus. Seek medical care if you traveled to China and develop a fever and cough or respiratory symptoms within 14 days of your return.

Travelers going outside the US

  •  Avoid animals (alive or dead), animal markets, and products that come from animals (such as uncooked meat).
  • Avoid contact with sick people.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available.
  •  Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.

If you traveled to China and feel sick

  •  Stay home and avoid contact with others
  •  Seek medical care right away. Before you go to a doctor’s office or emergency room, call ahead and tell them about your recent travel and your symptoms.
  •  Don’t travel while sick.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when coughing or sneezing.
  • Throw the tissue in the trash.


The Nursing Division provides an array of clinical services to East Chicago residents at a reduced cost. No cash, only debit, credit, and money orders accepted.

ServiceResident FeeNon Resident Fee
Adult Tuberculosis Skin Testing$10$15
Blood PressureFreeFree
Children Tuberculosis Skin Testing$5$10
Condoms (2 dozen box)$5$5 
Copy of Record$2$2
Flu ShotsSeniors and East Chicago Employees -  No Charge$25
Food Handler’s Card$10$15
HIV testingMust call for an appointmentMust call for an appointment
Lead TestingNo Charge for East Chicago Residents$10
Pregnancy TestingWith Verification$5
STD Testing$15$20
Tetanus Shots$35 $35

Tuberculosis  Shots

Tuberculosis shots are only administered on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday - excluding holidays that do not allow 48 to 72 hours.

Communicable Disease Investigations

Communicable disease investigations of persons residing in East Chicago are routinely reported and managed as referred by the State Health Department to decrease the spread of communicable disease and illness throughout the community.

High Blood Pressure

Click for more CDC information on high blood pressure.

Project Aliveness: Free HIV and HEP C Testing

Project Aliveness
High Blood Pressure Infographic (JPG)