More than half of Miami County’s nursing homes or long term care facilities have seen deaths attributed to COVID-19.

Wednesday’s update from the Indiana State Department of Health showed that three of the five facilities tracked by the state agency have reported losing a resident to the disease caused by the novel coronavirus.

The numbers, which are updated every Wednesday, show that Miller’s Merry Manor in Peru has reported seven resident deaths, with 52 residents and 32 staff members testing positive since the start of the pandemic.

Blair Ridge Health Campus has also reported at least one death, though the state agency, for privacy reasons, does report the exact number if it is fewer than five deaths. The same is the case at Hickory Creek of Peru where state numbers show fewer than five deaths have been reported.

Blair Ridge reports having seen nine resident cases of COVID-19 and 23 staff cases. At Hickory Creek, 33 residents have tested positive as have 22 staff members.

Aperion Care and Aperion Estates have not reported any resident deaths at their facilities. Aperion Care has reported fewer than five resident cases of the disease and seven staff cases. Aperion Estates has not reported any resident cases and fewer than five staff cases.

Miami County cases of COVID-19 continue to climb and the county remains categorized among those with the highest rates of community spread.

But county residents are far from alone. As of Wednesday’s update from the state health department, 73 of Indiana’s 92 counties were ranked among that highest red category on the department’s county metrics map. The other 19 counties were listed as orange, signify moderate to high rates of spread.

Friday’s update from the state showed Miami County had reported 3,068 positive cases of COVID-19 since the start of the pandemic. More than 2,500 of those cases have been reported since early October.

The county closed out 2020 with 2,682.

Friday’s report also showed that the county has been logging nearly a death a day attributed to the virus in the new year. As of Dec. 31 Miami County had reported 30 deaths. Friday’s number was 43.