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Monroe County and IU Experience A COVID-19 Uptick But Not Comparable To State Increases

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Indiana COVID-19 hospitalizations have increased to 1,357 — the most hospitalizations due to the virus since May 13. (Matt Rasnic, WFIU/WTIU News)

Monroe County and Indiana University both saw slight increases in positive cases and positivity rates last week but far from the severity of statewide increases.

IU updated its COVID-19 dashboard Wednesday with data from Oct. 4 through Oct. 10 that shows a slight uptick in COVID-19 positivity rates on campus that coincides with a similar uptick in the county. The nearly 9,000 mitigation tests conducted had a 1.1% positivity rate (up from 1.05% the prior week), and the 209 symptomatic tests had a had a 21.05% positivity rate (up from 16.45% the prior week.)

According to Indiana State Department of Health data, Monroe County’s seven-day positivity rate rose from 1.5% to 1.9% on Oct. 3 and has since hovered between 1.7% and 1.8%. The county average number of daily positive cases has grown from 25 on Oct. 4 to 30 as of Oct. 12.

On IU’s campus, positivity rates among Greek houses and residential halls fell from 1.5% to 1.4% and 1.1%, respectively. Off campus, Greek-affiliated students saw their rate drop from 3.5% to 2.5%, while all other off-campus residents saw a slight increase from 0.5% to 0.8%.

On Wednesday, the ISDH reported 13 new positive cases and one death in Monroe County. This is the county’s first death since Sept. 25 and increases countywide totals to 3,067 cases and 38 deaths. The county has administered 101,445 tests with a 1.7% seven-day positivity rate.

These numbers pale in comparison to Indiana’s state numbers.

The ISDH reported Wednesday Indiana’s eighth day in a row with more than 1,000 new positive cases. The state documented 1,172 new cases confirmed between Oct. 12 and Oct. 13. And 14 new deaths from between Oct. 11 and Oct. 13. These bring Indiana’s totals to 139,269 cases and 3,609 deaths.

COVID-19 hospitalizations have increased to 1,357 — the most hospitalizations due to the virus since May 13.

Indiana has administered 2,395,566 tests with a 5.3% seven-day positivity rate.

For the latest news and resources about COVID-19, bookmark our Coronavirus In Indiana page here.

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