Adams County reports 2 more COVID-19 deaths

By: 
JANNAYA ANDREWS
Editor

    Adams County reported two more deaths due to COVID-19 Tuesday, with the number of positive cases jumping significantly once again.
    As of Tuesday, 6,784 local residents have been tested for the novel coronavirus, with 13 deaths and 989 positive cases (up from 942 Monday). The seven day positivity percentage currently stands at 7.5% for all tests (meaning those who have been tested multiple times) and 20.9% for unique individuals (those who have only been tested once).
    Until August Indiana measured its positivity rate by taking the total number of unique Hoosiers who test positive and dividing it by the number of unique Hoosiers tested. The flaw in this method is that it can produce artificially high rates because it doesn’t take retests into account. When someone is tested for the first time, they’re logged as a unique test; but if their first test is negative and they come back for more, their subsequent tests are not logged.
    With testing limited early in the pandemic, this wasn’t an issue at the time, as nobody was being tested more than once. However, now many people have to be tested regularly.
    Let’s say a person takes their first test and is counted as a unique individual. That first test comes back negative. They go in again and take another test, and this time it’s positive. This means the person would be logged as a unique positive, but the number of unique tests taken wouldn’t go up. For example, 10 people get tested for the first time ever, and only one of them tests positive. That would be logged as 1/10 people testing positive in Indiana. But over time, the other nine people keep coming back for more tests, and eventually all nine of them test positive. Since their additional tests weren’t counted, the percentage makes it look like 10/10 people were positive. If you counted each test, the percentage would be much lower, and would reflect that not every test comes back positive.
    The Indiana Department of Health school information reports eight cases of COVID among students at Adams Central and fewer than five cases among staff; fewer than five cases among students and staff at St. Joseph Catholic School; and fewer than five cases among students at South Adams. There is no information on the website from any other Adams County school.

IN INDIANA
    The Indiana Department of Health announced Tuesday 4,879 additional Hoosiers have been diagnosed with COVID-19 through testing at state and private laboratories. That brings to 219,338 the number of Indiana residents now known to have had the novel coronavirus, following corrections to Monday’s dashboard.
    A total of 4,481 Hoosiers are confirmed to have died from COVID-19 — an increase of 63 from the previous day. Another 250 probable deaths have been reported based on clinical diagnoses in patients for whom no positive test is on record. Deaths are reported based on when data are received by the state and occurred over multiple days.           
    To date, 1,837,630 unique individuals have been tested in Indiana, up from 1,823,029 on Monday. A total of 3,269,653 tests — including repeat tests for unique individuals — have been reported to the state Department of Health since Feb. 26.

GET TESTED
    The free community testing clinic, located at the Hospital Physician’s Office Building at 815 High Street in Suite D, will be closed for the following holidays:
    • Thanksgiving Day — Nov. 26;
    • Black Friday — Nov. 27;
    • Christmas Eve —  Dec. 24;
    • Christmas Day — Dec. 25;
    • New Year's Day — Jan. 1, 2021; and
    • Martin Luther King, Jr. Day — Jan. 18, 2021  

    Clinic hours are from 5-8 p.m. weekdays and 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Results are expected within 2-3 days after testing, and can be obtained from the health department.
    All testing supplies and electronic documentation software are provided by the state, while Adams Health Network handles the space, coordination and personnel used to staff the clinic. Curbside greeting will be offered to control social distancing, with “inside” swab testing in Suite D. After testing, patients will exit on the south side of the building.
    The clinic is free to the public, and children as young as 2 years old may be tested. There are no symptom-related restrictions; individuals are not required to be symptomatic before testing.
    Those wishing to be tested may register from 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m.  by calling 1-833-724-3627 or online at https://www.coronavirus.in.gov/2524.htm
    Antibody testing will not be provided to check for previous infection.
 

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