AUBURN — The DeKalb County Health Department on Tuesday reported six new cases of COVID-19 in DeKalb County residents.
The report continues a trend of single-digit levels for new cases that has seen 53 cases in the past seven days. New case reports have not been at such a low level since mid-August.
The new cases bring the county’s total to 3,856 since the start of the pandemic.
Tuesday’s new patients include none between birth and age 10; one between ages 11-20; none from 21-30 years of age; two between 31-40; none who are 41-50 years old; one who is 51-60; one who is 61-70; one who is 71-80; none who are 81-90 and none between ages 91 and 100.
According to the county Health Department, 75 county residents have died while positive for the coronavirus. However, the Indiana State Department of Health is reporting 78 deaths in the county, including one reported for the first time Tuesday.
DeKalb County’s 78th death occurred Saturday and was a person age 80 or older, said demographic information from the state. It was the first death in DeKalb County from COVID-19 since Feb. 9.
To date, DeKalb County has had one death among people in their 50s, seven deaths among people in their 60s, 23 deaths of patients in their 70s and 46 deaths at the 80-plus age group.
DeKalb County’s death is only the fifth in the four-county area this month, while statewide virus numbers continue to remain low.
Indiana as a whole passed 12,000 Hoosiers lost on Tuesday. The state logged 43 new deaths on Tuesday, raising its total to 12,025 all-time.
It’s hard to gauge how long it’s taken for Indiana to log its most recent 1,000 deaths, since the state added more than 1,500 deaths on Feb. 4 — cases that were previously not recorded because they were either missed on first report or were delayed due to a backup in the state’s death certificate reporting system that was glitching during a transition period at the end of 2020.
The state has logged 794 deaths since that update on Feb. 4, meaning about 42 deaths per day over the last 2 1/2 weeks.
Deaths have slowed in February compared to the past month, with the state averaging 40 deaths per day across the entire month.
That’s down from 54 deaths per day in January, which itself is an undercounted average.
Indiana logged 679 new cases on Tuesday, the lowest single-day case count since Sept. 22, but coming on higher testing numbers.
The state logged the daily case count on about 21,000 tests, under the monthly average of about 35,000 tests per day, but still resulting in a one-day positivity rate of 3.24%.
The state aims to see positivity under 5%, a goal Indiana has achieved for the last 15 days straight.
The record for sub-5% positivity remains mid- to late-September, when Indiana strung together 17 consecutive days under that bar.
Statewide hospitalizations sit at 873 patients in care across the state.
Hospitalizations have fallen 75% from the all-time high of more than 3,400 patients on Nov. 30.
Noble County added seven new cases, while DeKalb and Steuben counties each had six new cases. LaGrange County had zero new cases again.
Looking ahead to new county metrics ratings on Wednesday, the four-county area should be a mix of blue and yellow, the two best ratings.
LaGrange County looks poised to stay blue for the second week in a row.
Noble, DeKalb and Steuben counties all look likely to be yellow for moderate spread.
counts have been low and positivity for all three counties is holding between 5-10%, which should be good enough to put all three in yellow this week.