The rate of COVID-19 transmission continues to increase in Elkhart County at a rapid pace. Here are the increases in one week, plus the total from March 11th to date for cases handled by Goshen Health:
- 941 tests completed this week, for a total of 6,352
- 875 negative test results, for a total of 5,056
- 194 positive test results this week, for a total of 896 (overall positivity rate of 15%)
- Test results not in yet: 369
- Admitted 32 patients this week, discharged 20, for a total of 114 patients and discharged 88
- Confirmed 2 additional COVID-positive related mortalities, for a total of 5
To help slow the spread of COVID-19, the Elkhart County Health Department has issued a directive that every individual should properly wear a face covering over their nose and mouth when they are at:
- an indoor area open to the public, including public transportation;
- an outdoor public area where a distance of 6 feet from individuals outside of their household cannot be maintained; or
- a private indoor or outdoor area where a distance of 6 feet from individuals outside of their household cannot be maintained.
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“The privilege of having more freedom comes with the responsibility to do everything possible to protect ourselves and those around us. It is disappointing how many people don’t appear concerned about this virus, but they don’t see the really sick patients I do,” said Dr. Dan Nafziger, Hospital Chief Medical Officer. “Unfortunately, this virus is not going away anytime soon. We must act now if we are going to slow the spread of COVID-19.”
Wearing masks, social distancing, handwashing, disinfecting household surfaces, covering your cough and staying home as much as possible – these have been proven to reduce the rate of transmission. For the safety of the community, individuals need to be diligent in taking precautions. Working together is critical.