By Liz Shepherd
WARSAW — COVID-19 cases are slowly on the rise in Indiana.
Locally, on the Indiana Department of Health’s two-metric and advisory level COVID-19 maps, Marshall County is back in the “yellow” category, with an 8% positivity rate.
Whitley County is now in the “orange” category on both maps, with an 11.6% positivity rate.
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%.
Kosciusko County has a high community transmission rate for COVID-19, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The county has reported 9,928 COVID-19 cases and 124 deaths.
The CDC’s website categorizes transmission rates in four levels: low, moderate, substantial and high. The map shows that 88 of Indiana’s 92 counties are in the ‘high’ category. About 76% of the United States is marked in the ‘high’ category.
The CDC website is updated regularly and you can search for specific counties here.
More than 26,400 people in Kosciusko County have been fully vaccinated for COVID-19. An estimated 26,035 people in Kosciusko County have been administered their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.
More than 2,990,000 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.
Statewide, the IDH website shows the number of COVID-19 deaths in Indiana rose to 13,680.
The total positive number of reported COVID-19 cases in Indiana is now at 790,926. More than 11,488,000 COVID-19 tests have been administered to Hoosiers.
Since the pandemic began, locally, Fulton County has reported 2,139 positive cases; Wabash County has reported 3,824 positive cases; and Whitley County has reported 4,325 positive cases. Marshall County has 6,430 positive cases, Noble County has 6,158 positive cases, and Elkhart County has 30,163.
In other northern Indiana counties, Lake County has 57,764 positive cases; Allen County has 44,510 positive cases; and St. Joseph County has 37,827 positive cases.
According to the Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Resource Center, more than 618,000 people in the United States have died due to COVID-19.