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9/25/20 PSA re:  COVID-19

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

September 25th, 2020

The Steuben County Health Department was notified of 44 positive COVID-19 test results for Steuben County residents over the past seven (7) days. We have been in communications with the patients and the Indiana State Department of Health to identify, notify and monitor any close contacts. No additional information about the patients will be released due to patient privacy laws.

On September 26th, 2020, Stage 5 of Indiana’s Back on Track will begin for the COVID-19 response. Stage 5 includes changes to the requirements for social gatherings submissions to local health departments are now for events over 500 individuals and additional businesses and services can reopen with social distancing and precautionary measures. The Governor’s recently released executive order 20-43 states that facial coverings are required at this time. Additional information and a complete breakdown of the changes can be found at https://backontrack.in.gov/files/BoT_Stage5_Stage5REVISED_2020-09-24.pdf

The Steuben County Health Department, as directed by Dr. Crisman, Health Officer of Steuben County, has suspended the public health order regarding long term care facilities within Steuben County. New guidance released by the Center for Medicare and Medicaid released guidance detailing indoor and outdoor visitation parameters along with measures to ensure the safety of staff and residence of these facilities.  The suspension of this public health order will be in effect starting today, September 25th, 2020.

Steuben County has a total of 404 COVID-19 positive cases, 279 individuals considered recovered and 7 deaths associated with COVID-19. The Indiana State Department of Health is reporting a positivity rate of all tested at 8.4%.

The demographic breakdown* of COVID-19 cases in Steuben County are the following: 

Age Range (years)

COVID-19 Positive Cases

0-19

55

20-29

99

30-39

59

40-49

45

50-59

45

60-69

64

70-79

27

80+

10

 
*Please note this demographic breakdown will be updated weekly.

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