Shenandoah mayor confirms first coronavirus case in city limits

The first case of coronavirus in Shenandoah was confirmed March 26. (Photo by Hannah Zedaker/Community Impact Newspaper)
The first case of coronavirus in Shenandoah was confirmed March 26. (Photo by Hannah Zedaker/Community Impact Newspaper)

The first case of coronavirus in Shenandoah was confirmed March 26. (Photo by Hannah Zedaker/Community Impact Newspaper)

In a video announcement on Facebook March 26, Shenandoah Mayor Ritch Wheeler announced the first confirmed case of coronavirus within city limits.

According to Wheeler, the man is in his 50s who had recently traveled. Wheeler added the resident is currently in isolation at his home and doing well.


"I think this is a wake-up call for all of us to be much more diligent in our social distancing," Wheeler said. "I'm very proud of the job Shenandoah has done so far."

Wheeler suggested that residents avoid grouping up with people outside of their immediate families and to maintain a social distance of six feet.

"We have to be responsible for ourselves," Wheeler said. "We have to govern ourselves. We don't need somebody to put a policy in place to be responsible, we can do this ourselves. Let's keep up the good work."
By Andrew Christman
Andrew joined Community Impact Newspaper in early 2019 after moving from Indiana. He is a 2015 graduate from Indiana State University, where he received degrees in English and journalism. He has written for a number of small town publications throughout his career as a reporter.


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