COVID-19 cases are continuing to surge in Elkhart. The County reported it’s second highest jump in new daily COVID-19 cases during the pandemic on June 3rd. That's according to data posted by the Indiana State Department of Health.
Elkhart County saw 69 newly confirmed cases of COVID-19 on June 3rd. The New York Times listed Elkhart County as having one of the nation’s highest daily COVID-19 growth rates just last week.
The County's Emergency Management Director Jennifer Tobey says the spike is alarming and could have something to do with manufacturers reopening.
“In the manufacturing world, with line work, sometimes you just can’t maintain that six feet and as hot as it’s been, I think it’s been challenging for the employees to keep a mask on.”
Tobey also says there’s been more COVID-19 testing in the Elkhart but it wouldn’t be the entire reason behind the huge jumps in positive cases.
She says the County is trying to do more outreach, especially in the Amish and Latino communities.
Tobey also says State Health Commissioner Dr. Kris Box has stepped in to offer some extra guidance in controlling the County's coronavirus surge.
Based on the latest data posted by the IN State Dept. of Health, on June 1st Elkhart County saw its 3rd highest number of daily COVID-19 cases since the pandemic started. On June 1 the county reported 63 new cases.
The county's highest tally for a daily case count during the pandemic occurred on May 29. Originally the state reported that Elkhart County had 107 new cases that day. That number has since been revised down to 86.
The second highest number of daily cases in the county is 64. Elkhart County saw that many cases on two different days, May 20 and May 30.
Today (Mon., June 1) Goshen Health made a statement about the increasing cases of COVID-19 being seen in Elkhart County.
(Some of that statement is below.)
From March 11th through mid-May, the percentage of positive cases tested through Goshen Health averaged approximately 12% percent of the total tested. In the week of May 17th, the percent jumped to 23 percent.
The vast majority of testing is completed at Goshen Physicians Family Medicine and Urgent Care location on Elkhart Road. While initially the pandemic caused a decrease in visits to this facility, the number of visits recently increased to approximately 160 visits a day from May 26-29. It should be noted that prior to COVID-19, the most patients seen on a single day at the Urgent Care was 120.
“We’re very concerned about these increases,” said Dr. Dan Nafziger, Hospital Chief Medical Officer.
23 new cases from May 31 in Elkhart County were reported today by the Indiana State Dept. of Health. However, on Mondays the numbers of reported cases have typically been lower after coming off the weekends when agencies are not working in their most robust capacity.
The newest figures released by the Indiana State Dept. of Health show Elkhart reporting a huge spike in COVID-19 cases on May 29. Friday 107 new cases were reported. Throughout the entire pandemic prior to that, the highest number of daily cases ever reported in Elkhart County was 65 on May 20.
Earlier this week The New York Times reported that Elkhart County was poised to become an emerging COVID-19 hotspot, based on average daily growth rates of coronavirus.
Meantime, State health officials say 13 more Indiana residents have died from COVID-19, while nearly 700 additional Hoosiers have been diagnosed with the respiratory disease caused by the coronavirus. The Indiana State Department of Health said Saturday that the 13 new deaths increased Indiana’s confirmed COVID-19 deaths to 1,958. Another 167 people have died from probable infections of COVID-19 and those deaths increase Indiana’s confirmed or presumed COVID-19 deaths to 2,125 since the state’s first deaths was recorded on March 15. The state agency says an additional 693 Hoosiers have been diagnosed with COVID-19, bringing Indiana’s total number of confirmed cases to 34,211.