Miami County saw more than 10 COVID-19 cases added to its total count over the weekend, but as the number climbs steadily the local positivity rate for the disease remains among the lowest in the state.

As of Tuesday’s report from the Indiana Department of Health, Miami County has seen 259 confirmed cases of the disease caused by the novel coronavirus since the state started tracking the number in March.

That total is up from the 247 reported on Friday and only one higher than the Monday report of 258. The county has added 22 new cases since July 27.

The seven-day average positivity rate, which is the percentage of positive tests found in the number of tests administered, sat at 4.5 percent as of Tuesday’s report. That number was an expression of tests through July 28, the most recent date for which reliable data is available, the state’s website said.

The state seven-day positivity rate, one of the factors mentioned by Gov. Eric Holcomb when he announced his mask mandate in July, sits at 7.3 percent through the same date.

Neighboring Grant, Cass and Fulton counties are seeing rates of 15.1, 12.3 and 13.6 respectively.

Miami County Health Officer, Dr. Christi Redmon told the Tribune on Tuesday that a steady increase in numbers is, in many ways, expected and far preferable to a spike in cases that could overwhelm the healthcare resources in the area.

“It’s a very contagious disease,” she said. “It will steadily increase, it will. I know that.”

“That’s my concern, that we are going to see a sudden increase.”

Redmon said she knows that mask wearing remains a divisive issue for some, particularly those who maintain that they are not totally effective at stopping the spread of the virus.

But wearing them, along with practicing social distancing and washing hands, are among the most effective things available to allow people to live their lives, protect those who are vulnerable to dying from the disease and allow the economy to function.

“Even if they are partially effective we need to do everything,” she said. “Let us try everything to stay open.”

To see more data from the state and county, visit www.coronavirus.in.gov.