TIPPECANOE COUNTY, Ind. (WLFI) – With the state’s positivity price growing by almost 2% Tuesday, well being leaders in Tippecanoe County are making ready for an additional potential surge in COVID-19 circumstances.
They consider vacation journey can be a motive behind new circumstances.
Tippecanoe County has seen a lower in circumstances during the last a number of days in response to reviews from the Indiana State Department of Health. Tippecanoe County Well being Officer Dr. Jeremy Adler mentioned this may very well be partially as a result of a lower in testing through the holidays.
Dr. Adler mentioned the county may see one other rise in circumstances over the following few weeks.
“On account of vacation gatherings and journey, this enhance may very well be giant and result in one other surge, additional straining our hospitals and resulting in extra deaths,” mentioned Adler.
Adler mentioned it is troublesome to foretell what’s going to occur over the following few weeks, however the county may numbers pattern just like how they did after Thanksgiving.
During the last month, Tippecanoe County has reported greater than 4,700 new circumstances of the coronavirus.
As of Wednesday afternoon, Tippecanoe County’s optimistic price was reported at 12.9%. That is beneath the state common of about 14.1%, however nonetheless stays above the nationwide common of 12.1%.
Adler mentioned there are presently 6,060 lively circumstances inside Tippecanoe County. 8,530 residents are reported to have absolutely recovered for the reason that pandemic started.
Native hospitals are nonetheless at or close to capability.
In accordance with Dr. Daniel Wickert, Vice President of Medical Affairs at Franciscan Well being Lafayette, Franciscan presently has 14 COVID optimistic sufferers on ventilators.
IU Well being Arnett has about 40 COVID sufferers within the hospital in response to Chief Medical Officer Dr. James Bien.
Tippecanoe County remains to be listed as an orange zone primarily based on the newest replace from the Indiana State Division of Well being. All surrounding counties are presently crimson zones.
If Tippecanoe County had been to return to a crimson zone as a result of a rise in circumstances, it will want to satisfy the metrics of a much less restrictive class for 2 consecutive weeks earlier than it will be allowed to maneuver again to that class.