On Wednesday, the Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH) updated their color-coded COVID-19 weekly metrics map, in which they upgraded Wabash County’s status from the lowest rating, blue, to the next level up, yellow.

The results are as of 11:59 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 4. The county metrics map is updated at midnight Wednesdays and reflects data through the previous Sunday.

Previously, Wabash County has been at the lowest blue rating since the ISDH premiered the map on its dashboard. The change reflects an uptick in Wabash County’s positivity rating figures, which had been below 1 percent recently, and have climbed in subsequent days.

Long-term care facilities

On Wednesday, Sept. 30 the ISDH reported the latest long-term care facility data. Rolling Meadows Health Care Center, in LaFontaine, reported fewer than five new resident positive cases and five new resident deaths. The total resident positive cases were 44. The total number of resident deaths was 10. There was also a total of 10 staff cases. Peabody Retirement Community, in North Manchester, didn’t record any new resident positive cases or resident deaths. The total resident positive cases were eight. The total resident deaths were fewer than five. There was also a total of 75 staff cases. Timbercrest Senior Living Community, in North Manchester, didn’t record any new resident positive cases or resident deaths. The total resident positive cases, staff positive cases and deaths were both fewer than five. Miller’s Merry Manor – Wabash East, Miller’s Merry Manor – Wabash West and Wellbrooke of Wabash didn’t record any new resident positive cases or resident deaths. There were fewer than five staff cases and no resident cases or deaths at each. The previous results were as of Wednesday, Sept. 23 and were updated Wednesday, Sept. 30. The dashboard is updated weekly at noon Wednesdays. New positive cases and deaths have occurred over a range of dates but were reported to the ISDH seven days before the last dashboard update.

During the latest update Wednesday, the only new long-term care facility case was from Miller’s Merry Manor – Wabash East, which reported fewer than five new positive resident cases.

As of Friday, the state still reported nine Wabash County COVID-19 deaths. When asked about the discrepancy between the Wabash County long-term care facility deaths and those of the county as a whole, Megan Wade-Taxter, media relations coordinator, said test results are included in a county’s total based on the address listed on the lab report.

“An individual may be a resident of a long-term care facility in one county but have their home address in another county listed as their address on the lab report. In that situation, their test result would be included in the total for the county of their home address, not the county where the long-term care facility is located,” said Wade-Taxter on Wednesday. “Facility-specific questions should be directed to the facility.”

Local figures

On Wednesday, the ISDH reported three new local positive COVID-19 cases, bringing Wabash County’s total to 293, with 5,209 tests. The local seven-day positivity rating for all tests was 5.8 percent. The local seven-day positivity rating for unique individuals was 8.5 percent.

On Thursday, the ISDH reported three new local positive COVID-19 cases, bringing Wabash County’s total to 296, with 5,250 tests. The local seven-day positivity rating for all tests was 4.6 percent. The local seven-day positivity rating for unique individuals was 8.1 percent.

On Friday, the ISDH reported eight new local positive COVID-19 cases, bringing Wabash County’s total to 304, with 5,303 tests. The local seven-day positivity rating for all tests was 5.2 percent. The local seven-day positivity rating for unique individuals was 6.7 percent.

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

Ages 0 to 19: 13.8 percent

Ages 20 to 29: 16.4 percent

Ages 30 to 39: 16.1 percent

Ages 40 to 49: 11.2 percent

Ages 50 to 59: 10.5 percent

Ages 60 to 69: 11.8 percent

Ages 70 to 79: 8.9 percent

Ages 80 and above: 11.2 percent

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

Female: 60.5 percent

Male: 38.5 percent

Unknown: 1 percent

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

White: 73.4 percent

Other race: 9.2 percent

Black or African American: 1.6 percent

Asian: .3 percent

Unknown: 15.5 percent

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

Not Hispanic or Latino: 56.6 percent

Hispanic or Latino: 4.9 percent

Unknown: 38.5 percent

Statewide figures

On Friday, the ISDH announced that 1,832 additional Hoosiers have been diagnosed with COVID-19 through testing at state and private laboratories. That brings to 131,493 the total number of Indiana residents known to have had the novel coronavirus following corrections to the previous day’s dashboard.

A total of 3,534 Hoosiers are confirmed to have died from COVID-19, an increase of 19 from the previous day. Another 227 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, 1,463,436 unique individuals have been tested in Indiana, up from 1,451,391 on Thursday. A total of 2,276,846 tests, including repeat tests for unique individuals, have been reported to the state Department of Health since Feb. 26.

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

Rob Burgess, Wabash Plain Dealer editor, may be reached by email at rburgess@wabashplain

dealer.com.