Coronavirus: Tippecanoe cases top 1,000. Here’s how many have already recovered

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Coronavirus: Tippecanoe cases top 1,000. How many are sick, how many have recovered?

Dave Bangert
Lafayette Journal & Courier
Published 3:07 PM EDT Jul 29, 2020
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LAFAYETTE – Tippecanoe County, a little more than four months after reporting its first confirmed case of coronavirus, passed the 1,000 mark Wednesday, a day that logged 24 additional cases, tied for the fourth largest daily number in the county since the pandemic reached Indiana, according to Indiana State Department of Health figures.

How long it would take to rack up the next 1,000 cases, Dr. Jeremy Adler, Tippecanoe County’s health officer, wasn’t about to predict on Wednesday.

“It’s very difficult to predict what’s going to happen even in the next week,” Adler said.

But Adler continued to sound a cautious tone, as he outlined how more than one-third of those first 1,000 cases came in the past 28 days and how county health officials were watching troubling, even what he called dire trends in other counties and states and acknowledging how easily those could take over in Greater Lafayette, too.

“Indiana has not been immune to this, and neither has our local community,” Adler said.

Dr. Jeremy Adler, Tippecanoe County’s health officer, speaks during a press conference at the Tippecanoe County Office Building, Wednesday, July 29, 2020 in Lafayette.
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Adler’s message hasn’t changed much since he announced the first local case in March: Wear a mask. Wash your hands. Disinfect commonly touched surfaces. Keep an appropriate social distance from others. Stay home if you feel sick. Arrange business floor plans to accommodate social distancing.

 “It’s extremely important for all of us to look at this data and to really act on it and take the appropriate measures so that we can get this curve to move in the right direction,” he said. “We don’t want to see this curve continue to increase like it has in many parts of the U.S.”

With Tippecanoe County at 1,019 cases, here’s a look at how the county reached that total.

By the numbers, Tippecanoe County

First case: Tippecanoe County’s first case was dated March 18, later reported as Rob Kochon, a West Lafayette who spent weeks in an Orlando, Florida, hospital – including 26 days on a ventilator – before returning home to a neighborhood welcoming party on May 21. The longtime president of West Lafayette’s Little League program and owner of Magna-Dry told the J&C that day attributed his recovery to his doctors and his Christian faith: “It just wasn’t my time.”

The 100th case: It took six weeks for Tippecanoe County to reach its first 100 cases, passing that mark on April 28.

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The 500th case: That came June 17, according to state records. The next 500 came in the past six weeks.

Deaths: Tippecanoe County has had 11 deaths. Of those, all were 70 or older, with six of those 80 or older.

Age ranges: Nearly a quarter of Tippecanoe County’s cases come from residents in their 20s. Here’s breakdown for Tippecanoe County, along with state averages, according to state records:

Infection rates: Tippecanoe County’s infection rate was 5.3 percent of the 19,146 people tested since March. That compared to a statewide rate of 8.9 percent. Adler said that the past seven days has seen a 5.2 percent infection rate in Tippecanoe County. Adler said the World Health Organization goal is 5 percent.

Fastest to 1,000: Tippecanoe County ranks seventh in Indiana by population, according to 2019 U.S. Census estimates. It was the 12th county to reach 1,000 confirmed cases, according to state data.

Cases per capita: With 52.1 cases per 10,000 residents, Tippecanoe County ranks 65th of 92 Indiana counties for COVID-19 rates. For comparison, Cass County – which has dealt with outbreaks tied to meat packing work done two counties away from Tippecanoe County – has the highest per capita rates, with 459.6 cases per 10,000 residents. Marion County, home to Indianapolis, is fifth, with 146.1 cases per 10,000 people. Statewide, Indiana has 95.5 cases per 10,000 residents.

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Hospitalizations: According to the Regenstrief Institute, 127 Tippecanoe County residents had been hospitalized for COVID-19, or 11.6 percent of the cases. Another 259 patients made emergency room visits, according to Regenstrief data. Adler said there were 13 patients in Lafayette hospitals with COVID-19, as of Wednesday.

Recovery rates: Of Tippecanoe County’s 1,019 cases, 330 — or 32 percent — were considered active, with 678 — 66 percent — had recovered, Adler said Wednesday. Statewide 44,548 – or 71 percent – of Indiana residents who had been diagnosed with COVID-19 have recovered, according to Regenstrief data. Another 15,551 – or 25 percent – cases were considered active. The other 4 percent had died.

Recent trends: As of Wednesday, Tippecanoe County has a seven-day rolling average of 15.4 cases a day, which was down slightly from 16.4 cases a day last week. According to the Tippecanoe County Health Department, there were 112 cases in the past seven days and 379 cases in the past 28 days.

Daily numbers, across the Lafayette area

Here were the numbers for the state and Tippecanoe County’s neighbors and the daily increase in coronavirus cases and deaths, according to Wednesday’s report from the Indiana State Department of Health.

FOR MORE: For complete state data on coronavirus cases, deaths, ages, testing and more, sorted by county, go to: www.coronavirus.in.gov/

This story will be updated.

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