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8/26/21 PSA - RE: Covid-19

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

August 25th, 2021

Steuben County has had a cumulative total of 4434 COVID-19 positive cases, and 67 deaths associated with COVID-19 and 4187 considered recovered from COVID-19. The Indiana Department of Health is reporting a positivity rate of all tested at 11.30%. The Indiana Department of Health has also released today that Steuben County has a composite score of 2 with an advisory color of Orange.

The CDC and the Indiana Department of Health have released information related to a third dose of COVID-19 vaccine for those that are immunocompromised. This is different than the much anticipated COVID-19 vaccine booster. The third dose is recommended if you have: been receiving active cancer treatment, received an organ transplant, a stem cell transplant, have advanced or untreated HIV, active treatment with high dose of corticosteroids or moderate to severely immunodeficient. Individuals should speak with their physicians if they have any questions.

The Steuben County Health Department has made an effort to verify the number of breakthrough cases in Steuben County. The number of breakthrough cases will differ from the Indiana State Department of Health due to cross verification with the state vaccine registry. At this time, the Steuben County Health Department has identified 125 cases in which the individual was successfully vaccinated and tested positive for COVID-19.

The Steuben County Health Department has taken measures to ensure accurate data reporting in regards to the number of identified cases correlated to Variants of Concern (VOC). When this information becomes available, the Steuben County Health Department will release it promptly.

The table below indicates the number of COVID-19 cases in Steuben County:

Demographic Age

Number of Cases

0-19

551

20-29

764

30-39

620

40-49

654

50-59

741

60-69

604

70-79

306

80+

194

Total

4434

*Please note this demographic breakdown will be updated weekly.

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