By Liz Shepherd
WARSAW — Between noon Monday, June 29, and noon Wednesday, July 1, the Kosciusko County Health Department reported a total of 14 new COVID-19 cases. This brings the county’s total number of reported cases to 506, with three deaths.
According to a KCHD press release, the health department has identified a testing location that has recently started using a method of testing that currently does not meet the Indiana State Department of Health diagnosis criteria of a “confirmed” COVID-19 case. This finding has ruled out a handful of positive results.
“In the rapidly changing environment providers are seeking ways to perform rapid and accurate testing to direct patient care,” read the statement. “We are working with ISDH and providers to create a plan that provides effective public health tracking and intervention, while supporting providers who update available equipment and testing for the health of their customers. We do not have solutions at this time, but will be working and addressing the problem areas and will provide updates as information is available.”
The most commonly reported symptoms of cases are cough, fever, myalgia, headache, chills, loss of taste or smell, diarrhea, sore throat, runny nose, and shortness of breath.
The most common comorbidities of postivie cases are cardiovascular disease, smoker/former smoker, diabetes, and chronic lung disease.
Currently, 272 Kosciusko County residents have recovered from COVID-19. Six cases are hospitalized active cases, with 228 cases classified as active. A “hospitalized active case” consists of any active cases that are currently or have been hospitalized at all during their illness. However, consistent with non-hospitalized cases, once their 21-day active period is completed, they are considered recovered.
Statewide, the latest posting on the ISDH website shows the number of COVID-19 deaths in Indiana rose to 2,456.
The total positive number of COVID-19 cases in Indiana is now at 45,952. More than 489,000 Hoosiers have been tested for COVID-19.
Locally, Fulton County has 66 positive cases, Whitley County has 81 positive cases, and Wabash County has 107 positive cases. Marshall County has 412 positive cases, Noble County has 447 positive cases, and Elkhart County has 3,085 positive cases.
In other northern Indiana counties, Lake County has 4,872 positive cases; Allen County has 2,677 positive cases; and St. Joseph County has 1,849 positive cases.
Marion County, which includes Indianapolis, has the most cases in the state at 11,387.
According to the Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Resource Center, more than 720,000 people in the United States have recovered from COVID-19.