coronavirus update 5-31

Elkhart County positive cases by day

ELKHART — The single-day number of new COVID-19 cases in Elkhart County broke into triple digits for the first time.

Friday's total of 107 confirmed cases surpassed the previous high for one day of 65 on May 20, the Indiana State Department of Health reported Saturday. 

The daily report brings the total number of cases in the county since the outbreak began to 1,262, just below neighboring St. Joseph County, which has a total of 1,266. 

No additional deaths were reported in the county, leaving the total at 28. The most recent coronavirus-related death was a week ago, on May 23. 

The number of tests completed in the county also jumped, from 356 reported on Friday to 557 reported on Saturday. 

A little less than half of the new tests were from specimens taken on Wednesday, with others collected on various dates from as far back as April 28.

To date, 9,412 tests have been completed in the county, about 13.4% of them positive. That's just above the state average of 13.3%.


Thirteen more Indiana residents have died from COVID-19, while nearly 700 additional Hoosiers have been diagnosed with the respiratory disease caused by the coronavirus, state health officials said Saturday.

The 13 new deaths increased Indiana’s confirmed COVID-19 deaths to 1,958, the Indiana State Department of Health said.

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.

An additional 693 Hoosiers have been diagnosed with COVID-19, bringing Indiana’s total number of confirmed cases to 34,211, the state agency said.

To date, 256,395 test results have been reported to the state health department, according to the state agency's online coronavirus dashboard.

For most people, the coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms, such as fever and cough that clear up in two to three weeks. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness or death.

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Leeeet, pretty easy to tell when you get under a liberal’s skin. They accuse you of doing exactly what they do. You would not know the facts if they bit you in the rear end.How can you know the facts yet, the party hasn’t made them up yet.


They accuse you of doing exactly what they do...........'nuf said


Everyone is tired of hearing about the "New Normal".... But whether you are hunkered down at home with a mask or out living your life "Normally" We all will have to face the facts that this virus is a life altering event that is not going away any time soon. Businesses, Jobs, how we interact, relationships, gatherings, Large events, Vacationing, and the like will be affected for years as a min, whether we agree with it or not....


It is life altering to unhealthy and older people but does not need to be so for healthy people. Most young healthy people survive and some hardly knew they had it. The elderly or unhealthy are a different story and need to be quarantined to protect them. Three of my family had the virus and got better and are back to work except my grand daughter who is only 11. they all had different experiences from very mild to very severe and survived.

Another daughter in Pa is an elder law attorney and had 12 clients die in nursing homes. Funny thing is that all were DNR patients who wanted no treatment of any kind to extend their life.

Lastly, a friend who was kind of a mask nut, wore one all the time even while alone in her car, mostly stayed at home and social distanced but got the virus last week and is feeling better already. The virus is not a death sentence for most but the economic collapse from the shutdown will be a far bigger disruption in many lives than the virus.

Joe King

lots of healthy, young people have died from this. Your 2 examples mean nothing to the grieving family. I ate a sandwich ergo there is no global hunger crisis.....good grief.....


Let's see. Who should you listen to? Scientists and doctors who have decades of experience in dealing with health matters or a local dude with an inflated ego who throws out sophomoric insults at the drop of a hat and frequently has posts removed or edited by the paper. Tough choice, I know!


My mother is currently in a Nursing home with a DNR and there is nothing FUNNY about that. When an uneducated conservative wants to 'win an argument', he uses anecdotes instead of facts.........................

Joe King

You and your conservative GOP members no longer get to use the term "pro life" anymore.... period. I remember when Obama was trying to get health care for all and you and your cronies were yelling about how he is creating "death panels" and going to kill seniors and the undesirables.... hypocrite much?

Joe King

Still waiting for it to disappear like the President said it would....thanks, trump


Stay in your basement Joe, we will tell you when to come out.

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