INDIANAPOLIS — After being warned by the state health commissioner that a short-term drop in new cases was likely attributable to a slowdown in reporting over the Memorial Day weekend, new COVID-19 cases statewide shot back up to more typical numbers Thursday.
After three days of new case counts under 400, Indiana recorded 631 new cases as of Thursday’s noon update from the Indiana State Department of Health. That was a little above the average for May.
New deaths also returned to more typical daily numbers, with 36 COVID-19 fatalities recorded on Thursday.
Testing numbers also rebounded to high levels, to a second-best-ever total of just over 6,900 samples processed.
The jump in cases also affected local counties, with Noble County’s case count increasing 12 from the day prior. That increase put Noble County over 200 cases to date, at 204.
LaGrange County also saw an increase of six cases to 68 total, while Steuben County only went up one to 81 and DeKalb County was unchanged at 33.
Noble County had its third long-term care facility report a case of COVID-19 this week, with one patient who tested positive in Albion’s North Ridge Village. As of Wednesday, no other cases had been identified in that facility, but further testing was taking place this week.
Outbreaks at Sacred Heart Home in Avilla and Lutheran Life Villages in Kendallville have accounted for much, but not all, of the county’s COVID-19 activity over the last several weeks.
No new deaths were reported around the area. Noble County remains at 21 deaths, while LaGrange and Steuben counties have two and DeKalb County has had one death.
Elsewhere around the region, Allen County has had 1,353 cases total, followed by Elkhart County at 1,070. Kosciusko County has recorded 97 cases overall and Whitley County has had 41.
Indiana is approaching 2,000 deaths overall, sitting currently at 1,907.