Dr. Jerry Adler, Tippecanoe County's health officer, speaks during a press conference at the Tippecanoe County Office Building, Wednesday, Nov. 11, 2020. Staff photo by Nikos Frazier
Dr. Jerry Adler, Tippecanoe County's health officer, speaks during a press conference at the Tippecanoe County Office Building, Wednesday, Nov. 11, 2020. Staff photo by Nikos Frazier
LAFAYETTE – New local restrictions on businesses, community centers and gyms in Tippecanoe County will go into effect in the days before Thanksgiving, after the county on Saturday breached a threshold for cases during the past week of COVID-19 testing.

Dr. Jeremy Adler, Tippecanoe County health officer, issued two health orders last week on occupancy limits and other measures meant to curb the rising spread of the coronavirus. Adler said those wouldn’t go into effect until the county hit a 10% mark for positivity – meaning that 10% of all people tested in the past week had COVID-19.

Tippecanoe County’s positivity rate climbed to 10.2% on Saturday, according to Indiana State Department of Health data.

Tippecanoe County also added 251 new confirmed cases in Saturday’s data, with a daily average of 209 over the past week and 7,865 total since the start of the pandemic. The county reported two additional deaths, pushing that total to 27.

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Saturday afternoon, shortly after the new state figures were released, Adler said the new restrictions would start at 12:01 a.m. Tuesday. Earlier in the week, Adler said the health department would give businesses a 48-hour warning before the new rules kicked in.

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