Elkhart County COVID-19 cases 10-19-2020

More than a quarter of all confirmed COVID-19 cases in Elkhart County were reported in the last 30 days.

ELKHART — There are now 62 COVID-19 patients in Elkhart County Hospitals, showing a clear uptick not just in infections but in the number of residents who are hospitalized by the coronavirus and prompting a call from health officials for renewed cooperation.

In previous months, when the coronavirus was loosening its grip locally, hospitalizations at Goshen Hospital and Elkhart General hovered around a total of 20. When they hit a combined 49 patients on Oct. 9, Elkhart General’s vice president of medical affairs, Dr. Michelle Bache, said the hospital was already above normal patient capacity and would likely have to postpone elective procedures.

The number of new COVID-19 cases is spiking in Indiana as a whole, more than doubling from about 800 to about 1,800 new cases per day since Sept. 10. In the same period, Elkhart County’s number of new cases has more than tripled, from 28 (at the end of a long decrease), to 105 per day.

In the last 30 days, 2,111 new cases have been confirmed in Elkhart County residents. That is 25.2 percent of all cases reported since the beginning of the local outbreak in March.

The positive test rate for individuals also keeps climbing in Elkhart County and hit a seven-day average of 19.4 percent on Oct. 12, the most recent date with non-preliminary data. When the local outbreak was looking better, the rate hovered around 10 percent. The average’s all-time high was 22.3 percent, reached on April 14.

Elkhart County’s positive test rate has generally been higher than Indiana’s, which was around 7 percent to 9 percent since June but has also increased recently, reaching 11.5 percent on Oct. 12.

More people dying

The state is seeing a clear uptick in the number of COVID-19 deaths, after the number of daily deaths had been around 10 since July 1. There have now been multiple days with more than 20 deaths reported, and the seven-day average is now at 16. To date, 3,727 Hoosier have died from COVID-19, according to the Indiana State Department of Health. There has been a total of 149,166 confirmed infections.

In Elkhart County, deaths have also begun climbing again, with 25 deaths in the last 30 days. In the 30 days before that, there were 13 deaths. When the county had the most deaths, in July and the first half of August, the average was one death per day. Two new deaths were reported Monday, dating back to Sept. 21 and Oct. 1. A total of 132 Elkhart County residents have died from COVID-19. There has been a total of 8,371 confirmed infections.

The number of people getting tested locally has been climbing in the last month, reaching an average of 342 per day on Oct. 12, up from about 230 a month earlier. During the worst part of the first wave, the average was as high as 462.

Because of the across-the-board worsening of the local outbreak, local health officials on Monday urged local residents to do more to protect each other.

“Not long ago we were considered a COVID-19 ‘hot spot,’ and through the hard work and commitment of frontline health care workers, local task forces and area residents we significantly improved our county health metrics. Together, we can do this again and turn our current numbers around,” Elkhart County health officer Dr. Lydia Mertz said in a statement.

“If we’re going to reverse this trend and turn this around, we all need to get back to basics,” said Randy Christophel, president and CEO of Goshen Health.

Gov. Eric Holcomb’s mask mandate is still in effect, requiring Hoosiers to wear a mask when inside a public or retail building and when not able to socially distance in public. The mandate is not enforced with penalties.

Mertz has said she does not want to reintroduce local restrictions that might, for instance, affect the allowed capacities at bars and restaurants. But if the numbers keep worsening, she said last week, the county may have to take action.

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(8) comments


You know Joe! You are correct. The manors of death I noted are NOT contagious. Pretty sharp on the uptake there Joe! The comparisons were to the odds of dying from various causes. But your boy Joe said he has a plan! If you had a plan... you would share it now. Or would you? Joe Is good with extortion moves. He proved it in the Ukraine . And on a video! Son of a --! Remember when Trump wanted to shut down the country to China travel? You and your DemonRat friend yelled xenophobic! And Trump is a racist! Follow the science? I believe the science is being made up as the virus spreads. Yep! The "China Virus " started in China. Hence the name! And why wasn't there enough respirators, ventilators and PPE! Because "private hospitals were asleep at the switch. 80% of hospitals in the US are privately owned. They should have seen a possible need!

Joe King

Typical....it’s not Trump fault....it’s Joe’s now? Trump has been in office for almost 4 years...Hilary! Emails! Obama! That’s your defense of a failed administration? Please get the facts right. Etruth needs to do a better job of keeping false info from spreading. It was never a ban. It was restrictions...that’s why it didn’t work..almost 27,000 Americans returned from China, almost 8000 Chinese and foreign nationals have traveled to America since the restrictions were in place. If restricting people from China was his plan....it wouldn’t have worked and clearly, with over 221,000 dead Americans it didn’t. Viruses don’t know borders or carry passports. Still hung up on hunter and joe with nothing being found by the gop investigation committee...except if you believe “Rudy “ now has a laptop with a Biden sticker on it? Really? If your so concerned about foreign influence, perhaps you need to look closer to home...like REAL close to trump and the White House...just yesterday, Elliott Broidy, top trump fundraiser plead guilty to foreign lobbying for China....another trumpeter going to jail...foreign influence.... Trump lied, and 221,000 Americans have died. He knew back in January this was bad...he has failed the American people by all definition.


You know one of your favorite sayings to others is ....stay on point! The article we are discussing is about covid. By the way. The FBI now has the laptop. I brought up Biden's extortion expertise , because that is what he did in the Ukraine, to protect Hunter. Extortion! Just like the mob does. And now he has this grand plan that will save lives but will only see the light of day, if he is elected. If he loses....let em die! Let me leave you with this quote from Dr Fauci! "We've done really quite well thus far, and I think one of the reasons why is that what we did early on was that travel restriction from China, preventing a lot of people who are infected, particularly from Wuhan, from coming into this country. By the way Joe! You don't need The Truth to verify Fauci's above quote. Just go to Politifact.com!

Joe King

Restricting people from China helped slow it down, but it didn't stop it like he claimed. Restrictions should have been across the board.... On the subject of quotes. Here is Trumps Quotes on the Virus. Remember this and vote him out.

1/22 "we have it under control"

1/24 appreciates China's "efforts and transparency"

1/30 "very little problem" with "5 cases"

2/7 " especially as the weather starts to warm & the virus hopefully becomes weaker, and then gone"

2/23 "We have it very much under control in this country"

2/26 "And again, when you have 15 people, and the 15 within a couple of days is going to be down to close to zero, that's a pretty good job we've done,"

2/27 "It's going to disappear. One day it's like a miracle, it will disappear,"

3/6 "Anybody that wants a test can get a test"

3/10 "Just stay calm. It will go away""

3/24 "We begin to see the light at the end of the tunnel"

4/3 "I said it was going away - and it is going away." — White House Coronavirus Task Force Briefing.

etc, etc

10/19 "People are tired of COVID. I have these huge rallies," Trump said. "People are saying whatever. Just leave us alone. They're tired of it. People are tired of hearing Fauci and all these idiots ... "

Trump and his cronies have failed the American People. He is now smearing public servants.... shameful.


Hey Joe, if the truth did block false information, how would you get to post anything? You had hundreds of posts about the Russia investigations, mostly parroting the Main Street media that were unproven lies by your Liberal buddies. They let you post them. When are they going to arrest Mr Trump for being a Russian agent like you promised us many many times? You are so blinded with hate that your posts are irrelevant. Please seek help now, I believe you need it.

Joe King

Well those numbers are horrifying... Thanks Elkhart Truth for keeping us up todate with this. She may have to take action? Good grief....the more she waits the more it is getting out of hand.... They need to penalize businesses that are not enforcing the mandate. Its not that hard....start thinking of others....wear a mask and stop the spread....it's not a political statement, its an IQ test!


Yep! I wear my mask. Yep! I social distance! According to the New York Times you are far more apt to die in a car accident. 1in 6 chance of dying from heart disease. And 1 in 7 chances of dying from cancer. Remember Joe Biden told us he has the answer if he is elected. If ya got the answer Joe, save lives NOW. Don't extorted the nation. Sometimes I believe the idiocy here is in a 3 letter name!

Joe King

Silly fire....Car accidents aren't contagious...Heart disease is not contagious, and cancer is not contagious. Your comparisons are meritless. Joe isn't in charge, Trump is....almost 4 years...own it....or are you still blaming Hilary or Obama? I think Joe said he would listen to scientist and health officials for start...Not ridicule and make fun of them...Like trump as been doing...Who even does that? Make fun and bully the top leading pandemic scientist? Who even would think to do that during a pandemic...oh yeah...trump does....is this winning? over 220,000 dead Americans....and trump is "tired" of hearing about covid....he has failed this country

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