As of Tuesday, Rolling Meadows Health and Rehabilitation Center has reported a total of 26 residents as having tested positive for COVID-19 so far.

In addition, the long-term care facility reported one new employee positive case in the last 24 hours, bringing the total number of employees there who have tested positive to three.

Requests for comment sent last week in addition to a message left Tuesday with a staff member for Brooke Gibson, executive director, were not immediately returned as of press time.

On Wednesday, Sept. 9 the Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH) issued its weekly long-term care facility data updates for COVID-19 cases. Unlike Rolling Meadows’ own tally, the ISDH’s newly-issued results were as of 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.

During the ISDH’s latest update, Rolling Meadows reported 18 new positive resident cases, bringing their total to 21. The facility also reported an additional resident death, bringing their total to five. Despite the figures from Rolling Meadows’ own count, the facility has also reported five positive cases among staff.

Two other long-term care facilities in the county have also reported COVID-19 deaths among their residents, though in both cases those were announced before this latest update.

Timbercrest Senior Living Community in North Manchester has a total of fewer than five each of total resident positive cases, resident deaths and staff cases. Timbercrest also did not immediately return requests for comment as of press time.

Peabody Retirement Community in North Manchester has a total of eight total resident cases, fewer than five resident deaths and 69 staff positive cases.

Wellbrooke of Wabash also has less than five total staff positive cases. Those were also reported before this week’s update.

This story will be updated as more information becomes available.

Local figures

On Saturday, the ISDH reported nine new local positive COVID-19 cases, bringing Wabash County’s total to 246.

On Sunday, the ISDH reported three new local positive COVID-19 cases, bringing Wabash County’s total to 249, with 4,558 tests. The local seven-day positivity rate for all tests was 4.1 percent. The local seven-day positivity rate for unique individuals was 6.5 percent.

On Monday, the ISDH reported two new local positive COVID-19 cases, bringing Wabash County’s total to 251, with 4,573 tests. The local seven-day positivity rate for all tests was 3.3 percent. The local seven-day positivity rate for unique individuals was 5.3 percent.

On Tuesday, the ISDH reported one new local positive COVID-19 case, bringing Wabash County’s total to 251, with 4,646 tests. (One of the previously reported local positive cases was removed. According to the ISDH, all data displayed is preliminary and subject to change as more information is reported.) The local seven-day positivity rate for all tests was 3.4 percent. The local seven-day positivity rate for unique individuals was 5.6 percent.

The state still reported a total of seven local deaths.

Statewide figures

On Tuesday, the ISDH announced that 758 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 107,229 the total number of Indiana residents known to have the novel coronavirus following corrections to the previous day’s dashboard.

A total of 3,235 Hoosiers are confirmed to have died from COVID-19, an increase of 20 from the previous day. Another 225 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, 1,254,731 unique individuals have been tested in Indiana, up from 1,247,293 on Monday. A total of 1,756,019 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@wabashplaindealer.com.