By Liz Shepherd
WARSAW — Between noon Monday, July 20, and noon Wednesday, July 22, the Kosciusko County Health Department reported a total of 27 new COVID-19 cases. This brings the county’s total number of reported cases to 721, with eight deaths.
The following updates have been made regarding COVID-19 isolation:
- Discontinuation of isolation has changed from “at least 72 hours” to “at least 24 hours” have passed since last fever without the use of fever-reducing medications.
- Discontinuation of isolation has changed from “improvement in respiratory symptoms” to “improvement in symptoms” to address the expanding list of symptoms associated with COVID-19.
- For individuals who have severe to critical illness or who are severely immunocompromised, the duration for isolation has extended to 20 days after symptom onset or 20 days after initial positive SARS-CoV-2 diagnostic test for asymptomatic severely immunocompromised.
- A test-based strategy is no longer recommended to determine when to discontinue home isolation, except in certain circumstances.
Currently, 505 Kosciusko County residents have recovered from COVID-19. Sixteen cases are hospitalized active cases, with 192 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.
The Marshall County Health Department also recently reported two new COVID-19 deaths, which brings the county’s total to 16. Marshall County has 682 positive cases, which is up from 663 reported on Monday, July 20. More than 6,000 COVID-19 tests have been administered in the county.
Statewide, the latest posting on the Indiana State Department of Health website shows the number of COVID-19 deaths in Indiana rose to 2,666.
The total positive number of COVID-19 cases in Indiana is now at 58,673. More than 654,000 Hoosiers have been tested for COVID-19.
Locally, Fulton County has 100 positive cases, Whitley County has 122 positive cases, Wabash County has 132 positive cases, and Noble County has 579 positive cases. Elkhart County has 4,150 positive cases, which is up from 4,046 reported on Monday.
In other northern Indiana counties, Lake County has 6,379 positive cases, which is up from 6,223 reported on Monday; Allen County has 3,217 positive cases; and St. Joseph County has 2,605 positive cases.
Marion County, which includes Indianapolis, has the most cases in the state at 13,094, which is up from 12,843 reported on Monday.
According to the Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Resource Center, more than 1,180,000 people in the United States have recovered from COVID-19.