Dr. Kristina Box Tests Positive for COVID-19; Holcomb in Quarantine

Indiana State Health Commissioner Dr. Kristina Box said Wednesday that she, in addition to her daughter and her grandson, had tested positive for COVID-19.

Posted: Oct 14, 2020 2:47 PM
Updated: Oct 14, 2020 3:14 PM

Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb's Wednesday announcement that Stage 5 of Indiana's reopening would continue for at least another month until Nov. 14 wasn't the only news that came out of the day's COVID-19 update to the Hoosier State.

In addition to Holcomb's announcement, Indiana State Health Commissioner Dr. Kristina Box also announced that she, her daughter, and her grandson had all tested positive for COVID-19.

"I'm really sorry that I can't be with you there today in person," Dr. Box said over an audio call between herself and Gov. Holcomb. "Unfortunately, I need to let you know that my daughter Catherine, my grandson Liam and I have all tested positive for COVID-19."

Box said that she isn't symptomatic in "any way, shape, or form," and that she has already participated in contact tracing.

"We're really going to have limited to no individuals who are close contacts, except for my immediate family," said Dr. Box. "And that's really because we do practice social distancing, we do wear our masks."

Due to Box's positive test, Gov. Holcomb is now self-quarantining as a precautionary measure as he awaits the results of a COVID-19 test of his own.

Dr. Box met with Evansville Mayor Lloyd Winnecke on Thursday, Oct. 8, to discuss current COVID-19 trends and problem areas in the Vanderburgh County and Evansville area, though Winnecke commented, saying, "With regard to potential exposure, contact tracing determined Dr. Box was exposed this past weekend after her Evansville visit. We will continue to adhere to health & safety protocols and encourage residents to do their part."

You can hear Dr. Box's full remarks on testing positive for the virus by clicking here.

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