On Tuesday, the Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH) reported the seventh Wabash County COVID-19 death.

After a sixth local COVID-19 death was reported by the ISDH last week, Keith Walters, Wabash County Emergency Management Agency (EMA) director, said he did not have any additional information as to whether this latest fatality was a resident of one of the local long-term care facilities.

Walters referred all other inquiries to the Wabash County Health Department. A request for additional information sent to Dr. David G. Roe, Wabash County health officer, was not immediately returned as of press time.

On Wednesday, Sept. 2, Jennifer O’Malley, ISDH Office of Public Affairs director, said the ISDH “cannot discuss specific cases due to privacy laws.”

Also last week, the ISDH introduced a new color-coded map of county metrics. Initial results are as of Sunday, Aug. 30. Counties are scored as being blue, yellow, orange or red based on how many weekly cases per 100,000 residents there are and the seven-day positivity rate. Wabash County has currently been designated in the lowest, blue category. The county metrics map is updated at midnight Wednesdays and reflects data through the previous Sunday.

The state has also introduced facility-specific weekly statistics for long-term care facilities. The most recent results are as of Wednesday, Aug. 26 and were updated Wednesday, Sept. 2. New positive cases and deaths have occurred over a range of dates but were reported to ISDH in the seven days before the last dashboard update. Like the county metrics map, it will be next updated at midnight Wednesday.

This story will be updated as more information becomes available.

Local figures

On Saturday, the ISDH reported two more local positive COVID-19 cases, bringing Wabash County’s total to 223, with 4,304 tests. The seven-day positivity rating for all local tests was 3.1 percent. The seven-day positivity rating of local unique individuals was 3.2 percent.

On Sunday, the ISDH reported six more local positive COVID-19 cases, bringing Wabash County’s total to 229, with 2,330 tests. The seven-day positivity rating for all local tests was 4.7 percent. The seven-day positivity rating of local unique individuals was 9.8 percent.

On Monday, the ISDH reported two more local positive COVID-19 cases, bringing Wabash County’s total to 231, with 4,346 tests. The seven-day positivity rating for all local tests was 4.9 percent. The seven-day positivity rating of local unique individuals was 10.6 percent.

On Tuesday, the ISDH reported 4,357 local tests. The seven-day positivity rating for all local tests was 5.4 percent. The seven-day positivity rating of local unique individuals was 10.6 percent.

As of Tuesday, the ISDH reported the following Wabash County demographics for positive cases by age group:

Ages 0 to 19: 14.7 percent

Ages 20 to 29: 16.9 percent

Ages 30 to 39: 16 percent

Ages 40 to 49: 11.3 percent

Ages 50 to 59: 10 percent

Ages 60 to 69: 12.1 percent

Ages 70 to 79: 7.8 percent

Ages 80 and above: 11.3 percent

The ISDH reported the following gender breakdowns for Wabash County positive cases:

Female: 59.3 percent

Male: 39.4 percent

Unknown: 1.3 percent

The ISDH reported the following racial breakdowns for Wabash County positive cases:

White: 71.4 percent

Other race: 7.8 percent

Black or African American: 1.7 percent

Asian: .4 percent

Unknown: 18.6 percent

The ISDH reported the following ethnic breakdowns for Wabash County positive cases:

Not Hispanic or Latino: 53.7 percent

Hispanic or Latino: 5.6 percent

Unknown: 40.1 percent

Statewide figures

On Tuesday, the ISDH announced that 394 additional Hoosiers have been diagnosed with COVID-19 through testing at the state laboratory, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and private laboratories. That brings to 100,780 the total number of Indiana residents known to have the novel coronavirus following corrections to the previous day’s dashboard.

A total of 3,156 Hoosiers are confirmed to have died from COVID-19, an increase of 12 from the previous day. Another 224 probable deaths have been reported based on clinical diagnoses in patients for whom no positive test is on record. Deaths are reported based on when data are received by the state and occurred over multiple days.

To date, 1,150,863 tests for unique individuals have been reported to the state, up from 1,146,572 on Monday.

To find testing sites around the state, visit www.coron avirus.in.gov and click on the COVID-19 testing information link.

Rob Burgess, Wabash Plain Dealer editor, may be reached by email at rburgess@wabashplaindealer.com.