On Wednesday, the Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH) issued its weekly long-term care facility data updates for COVID-19 cases.

The newly-issued results were as of Sept. 2. New positive cases and deaths have occurred over a range of dates but were reported to ISDH in the seven days before the last dashboard update.

During the latest update, Rolling Meadows Health Care Center in LaFontaine reported 18 new positive resident cases, bringing their total to 21. The facility also reported an additional resident death, bringing their total to five. The facility has also reported five positive cases among staff. Rolling Meadows did not immediately return several requests for comment as of press time.

Two other long-term care facilities in the county have also reported COVID-19 deaths among their residents, though in both cases those were announced before this latest update.

Timbercrest Senior Living Community in North Manchester has a total of fewer than five each of total resident positive cases, resident deaths and staff cases. Timbercrest also did not immediately return requests for comment as of press time.

Peabody Retirement Community in North Manchester has a total of eight total resident cases, fewer than five resident deaths and 69 staff positive cases.

“Peabody’s priority is the health and safety of our residents, families and team members. We appreciate the resilience and commitment our residents, families and team members who work to reduce the spread of COVID-19 by wearing masks, practicing social distancing, washing hands, and limiting in-person contact,” said Rod Craft, executive director.

Craft said since July 12 they have had no more positive resident cases and six more positive employee cases of COVID-19 in the community.

“We have continued to work diligently throughout this global pandemic with the ISDH, and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. As recommended, we are continuing monthly proactive testing of our employees based on the Wabash County positivity rate. Since our county numbers have remained under five percent, this has been determined a best practice to keep our community safe,” said Craft.

Wellbrooke of Wabash also has less than five total staff positive cases. Those were also reported before this week’s update.

Local figures

On Wednesday, the ISDH reported an additional local positive COVID-19 case, bringing Wabash County’s total to 232.

On Thursday, the ISDH reported two additional local positive COVID-19 cases, bringing Wabash County’s total to 234, with 4,395 tests. The local seven-day positivity rate for all tests was 6.1 percent. The local seven-day positivity rate for unique individuals was 11.5 percent.

On Friday, the ISDH reported three additional local positive COVID-19 cases, bringing Wabash County’s total to 237, with 4433 tests. The local seven-day positivity rate for all tests was 6.3 percent. The local seven-day positivity rate for unique individuals was 11.5 percent.

The state still reported a total of seven local deaths.

Statewide figures

On Friday, the ISDH announced that 1,282 additional Hoosiers have been diagnosed with COVID-19 through testing at the state laboratory, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and private laboratories. That brings to 103,505 the total number of Indiana residents known to have the novel coronavirus following corrections to the previous day’s dashboard.

Friday’s totals include 15,814 tests from a laboratory that recently began submitting electronic results. Of those total tests, 279 were positive.

A total of 3,196 Hoosiers are confirmed to have died from COVID-19, an increase of 10 from the previous day. Another 224 probable deaths have been reported based on clinical diagnoses in patients for whom no positive test is on record. Deaths are reported based on when data are received by the state and occurred over multiple days.

To date, 1,183,104 unique individuals have been tested in Indiana, up from 1,164,141 on Thursday. A total of 1,618,804 tests, including repeat tests for unique individuals, have been reported to the state Department of Health since Feb. 26.

To find testing sites around the state, visit www.corona virus.in.gov and click on the COVID-19 testing information link.


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