By Liz Shepherd
WARSAW — Kosciusko County has a high community transmission rate for COVID-19, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The CDC’s website categorizes transmission rates in four levels: low, moderate, substantial and high. The map shows that 84 of Indiana’s 92 counties are either in the ‘high’ or ‘substantial’ category. About 61% of the United States is marked in the ‘high’ category.
The website is updated regularly and you can search for specific counties here.
More than 25,900 people in Kosciusko County have been fully vaccinated for COVID-19. An estimated 25,393 people in Kosciusko County have been administered their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.
More than 2,958,000 Hoosiers are considered to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19. According to statewide demographics, about 56% of those fully vaccinated are individuals who are 50 and older. About 53% of people fully vaccinated are female.
Kosciusko County has reported 9,860 COVID-19 cases and 124 deaths.
Fulton County recently reported one new COVID-19 death, which occurred on Saturday, July 31. This brings the county to 46 deaths and 2,111 positive cases.
On the Indiana Department of Health’s two-metric and advisory level COVID-19 maps, Fulton County is back in the “yellow” category, with a 5.8% positivity rate.
Wabash County is also back in the “yellow” category on IDH’s two-metric and advisory level maps, with a 3.7% positivity rate. The county is reporting 141 weekly cases per 100,000 residents; even though Wabash has a low positivity rate, its weekly case number has resulted in the “yellow” category.
IDH relies on a color-coded county map that measures percent positivity and new cases per 100,000 residents. The baseline for red is 15%.
Statewide, the IDH website shows the number of COVID-19 deaths in Indiana rose to 13,610.
The total positive number of reported COVID-19 cases in Indiana is now at 777,417. More than 11,310,000 COVID-19 tests have been administered to Hoosiers.
Locally, Wabash County has reported 3,742 positive cases since the pandemic began. Whitley County has 4,225 positive cases. Marshall County has 6,381 positive cases, Noble County has 6,083 positive cases, and Elkhart County has 29,916.
In other northern Indiana counties, Lake County has 57,307 positive cases; Allen County has 43,592 positive cases; and St. Joseph County has 37,547 positive cases.
According to the Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Resource Center, more than 614,000 people in the United States have died due to COVID-19.