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12/23/20 PSA re:  COVID-19

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

December 23rd, 2020

The Steuben County Health Department was notified of 254 positive COVID-19 test results for Steuben County residents since Wednesday, December 16th, 2020. We have been in communications with the patients and the Indiana Department of Health to identify, notify and monitor any close contacts. Steuben County has a total of 2407 COVID-19 positive cases, and 20 deaths associated with COVID-19 and 1899 considered recovered from COVID-19.

The Indiana Department of Health is reporting a positivity rate of all tested at 18.8%. The Indiana Department of Health has released today that Steuben County has changed to a composite score of 3.0 or Red. The Steuben County Public Health Order is still in effect until December 27th, 2020. The Steuben County Health Officer will make an assessment and decision on December 27th if the Public Health Order shall be extended. The current Public Health Order and any amendments can be found at the Steuben County Health Department webpage under documents.

The Steuben County Health Department is seeking medical and non-medical volunteers for upcoming COVID-19 vaccine deployment. The department is seeking volunteers that can work in registration, facility management and vaccine dispensing; Monday through Saturday for variable hours. If you or someone you may know is interested in volunteering, please call the health department at 260-688-1000 X 1560.

The availability and access of the approved COVID-19 vaccines is being closely monitored by the Steuben County Health Department. As decisions and recommendations are made at the federal and state level on disbursement, the health department will strive to provide up-to-date information for community leadership and the public throughout the deployment of the vaccine.

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

Age Range (years)

COVID-19 Positive Cases

0-19

295

20-29

410

30-39

302

40-49

366

50-59

418

60-69

350

70-79

185

80+

81

 *Please note this demographic breakdown will be updated weekly.

Code Red