By Deb Patterson
ELKHART — COVID-19 data for Elkhart County continues to show a rise in the number of those tested and positive cases during the last 24 hours. This continual increase of positive cases led Dr. Lydia Mertz, county health officer, to issue a face covering mandate, effective today, Tuesday, June 30, until further notice,
Elkhart County continues to be third in the state for the highest number of positive cases, behind Marion and Lake counties, sixth in the state for the number of people tested and 14th in the state in the number of COVID-19 deaths.
According to information provided by the Indiana Department of Health’s daily COVID-19 data report, Elkhart County went from 3,003 positive cases as of noon Monday, June 29, to 3041 cases as of noon today. There was one new death reported. Additionally the number of people tested rose from 21,341 to 21,716.
A data-by ZIP code chart provided by the Elkhart County Department of Emergency Management, as of June 24, showed the majority of cases were in the area served by the three Elkhart ZIP codes, followed by the areas served with the two Goshen ZIP codes. Middlebury and Nappanee each showed just under 100 positive cases, while Bristol was shown with just over 50. Those with a Millersburg ZIP code was slightly under 50 cases. Residents with ZIP codes for New Paris and Wakarusa had the lowest in the county barely showing on the graph.
Statewide there has been 45,594 total positive cases in the state, 385 new positive cases between June 25 and 29 and of the 2,448 total deaths, 16 new deaths between May 20 and June 28. The state’s data report shows there have been a total of 484,196 total tests taken with 7,818 new tests between March 14 and June 29. Of the total tests administered statewide 9.4% have tested positive.