Task force update shows decreasing per capita rate

The COVID-19 Community Task Force’s latest community spread update showed that the per capita positive rate is on a decreasing trend.

The COVID-19 dashboard indicators are intended to guide the Bartholomew Consolidated School Corp. on deciding whether or not schools can meet for in-person learning. Schools moved back to eLearning on Nov. 9 and will continue to stay virtual through winter break.

BCSC tentative plan is to return to the in-person/remote option model on Jan. 5. However, the school corp. noted in a press release that it will keep an eye on local community spread and “make adjustments as necessary.”

Monday’s community spread update from the task force showed the following:

There are 78 new positive cases, and the number is decreasing (as of Nov. 29)

Per capita positive rate is 87.5 and decreasing (as of Nov. 29)

Percent positive test rate is 34.6 and increasing (as of Nov. 25)

Test turnaround time is 3.1 days and decreasing (as of Nov. 29)

There are 51 COVID hospitalizations, and the number is increasing (as of Nov. 29)

Per capita positive rate, percent positive test rate and hospitalizations are in the substantial spread category. Test turnaround time is in the minimal spread category.

Per capita rate hit 106.4 on Nov. 20 and lowered to 99.8 the following day. Since then, it has fluctuated, as seen below:

100.1 on Nov. 22

101.3 on Nov. 23

100.9 on Nov. 24

95.7 on Nov. 25

94.8 on Nov. 26

87.8 on Nov. 27

86.3 on Nov. 28

87.5 on Nov. 29

While the per capita rate is up slightly from where it was on Saturday, the task force’s report shows that it is currently trending downward.

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The COVID-19 Community Task Force posts updates on community spread every Monday and Thursday at covid19communitytaskforce.org/data/.