LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Eleven people in Tippecanoe County have died from COVID-19 in the past week, according to the health department, prompting the agency to urge yet again those eligible to get vaccinated.
"COVID-19 infections and hospitalizations remain extremely high," Dr. Jeremy Adler, health officer with the Tippecanoe County Health Department, posted on Facebook Wednesday afternoon. "There have been 3,850 new COVID-19 cases (average of 550 per day) in Tippecanoe County during the last 7 days.
"Nearly one-third of COVID-19 tests are currently positive. Both local hospitals are full and are caring for large numbers of patients sick from COVID-19. In the last week, 11 more Tippecanoe residents have lost the fight against COVID-19."
On Thursday, the Indiana State Department of Health reported that the county's seven-day positivity rate for unique individuals was 40.3%. The unique-individuals rate, as defined by the ISDH, counts a person once even if that person has been tested multiple times.
In adjacent Montgomery County, the seven-day positivity rate for unique individuals was 52.1% Wednesday.
Tippecanoe County had 594 new positive cases reported Thursday, bringing the total since the pandemic started to 43,746; 336 people have died. Six of those died in the 24-hour reporting period ending at noon Wednesday. No new deaths were reported Thursday.
Citing the highly contagious omicron COVID-19 variant, the county health department posted the following recommendations for fighting the virus:
Get vaccinated and boosted if you are eligible.
Wear a mask in public indoor settings. COVID-19 spreads easily in crowded indoor spaces.
Practice social distancing.
Wash your hands frequently.
Stay home if you are sick. See your healthcare provider and get tested.
Free PCR testing is available on a walk-in basis at 1950 S. 18th Street (the former YMCA) 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday through Friday.
Deanna Watson is the executive editor at the Journal & Courier. Contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow her on Twitter at @deannawatson66.
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