Miami County has added more than 50 COVID-19 cases in the past week.
The rapid rise – some of which is attributed to an outbreak in one of the county’s nursing homes – comes just days after the state set records for single-day jumps in the number of cases of the disease caused by the novel coronavirus.
Tuesday’s noon update from the Indiana Department of Health put the total number of cases detected in the county at 507.
That number was up from 495 reported on Monday and 470 reported on Friday.
On Oct. 7, the county had 455 cases.
The newly reported numbers coincide with climbing positivity rates in the county.
As of Tuesday’s state update, the seven-day average positivity rate for all tests administered in the county was 5.7 percent. The rate for “unique individuals” was 8.1 percent.
Those numbers are up from Friday’s 0.9 percent “all tests” average and a 3.6 percent individual average.
County Health Officer Dr. Christi Redmon said that some, but not all, of the new numbers stem from an outbreak at a local nursing home. The state website, which includes nursing home data, has not recently updated local nursing home numbers to reflect which facility that is and Redmon declined to name the facility until it is disclosed on the state’s website.
Redmon has long urged caution for residents in the county, saying that those in long term care facilities are the most vulnerable to the disease because they live in a closed environment and the elderly are more likely to suffer complications or die from the infection.
Because the virus can only be carried into the facility by someone who lives outside of it, she said it is important that everyone work to keep the spread of the disease down.
“It is just not you and your house,” she said.
She, again, urged everyone to follow the state mask mandate and to practice social distancing and regular hand washing.
The climbing local numbers coincide with similar trends around the state.
On Friday, The Associated Press reported that officials in the state reported 1,832 newly confirmed cases of the illness caused by the novel coronavirus. That was a single-day record for the state that was broken on Saturday when officials reported another 1,945 cases.
Asked Friday during a luncheon in South Bend whether he’s still comfortable with the decision to move the state into the fifth and final stage of his Back on Track plan, lifting most COVID-19 restrictions, Gov. Eric Holcomb said “I am right now.”
“But I don’t make long-term predictions based on a virus that’s uber infectious and easy to spread. I’m pleading and begging and asking Hoosiers all over the state to do what works,” he continued. “We take it day by day and week by week. There are a lot of factors that go into what we do. It’s the balance of our lives and our livelihoods.”
The governor further encouraged Hoosiers to wear masks and practice physical distancing, emphasizing that those practices “will draw these numbers down.”
The rising cases have seen state officials change many county ratings from the lowest rating of blue up to the next rating of yellow on the state’s color-coded metrics map.
On Monday, officials moved neighboring Wabash County to yellow after it’s positivity rate climbed in recent days.
Miami County, on Monday, remained blue as did neighboring Fulton County. Cass and Tipton counties were designated yellow as of Monday. Grant County was orange.
To date, four deaths have been attributed to COVID-19 in Miami County.
This story, first published Monday, has been updated to include new information from Tuesday.