Approximately 29 new positive COVID-19 cases were added to the Indiana State Department of Health’s overall count of 2,645 Cass County cases on Thursday.
The increase caused Mayor Chris Martin to participate in a statewide conference call between the state’s mayors and Gov. Eric Holcomb. As a result of that discussion, it was decided that Indiana would be adding new restrictions.
Those would be based upon each county’s category, according to the mayor.
Starting Sunday, Nov. 15, Cass County, which has dropped back to the “orange color category” will face those new requirements, he said.
This means attendance at winter indoor events at area schools will be capped at 25% of capacity. Capacity in the common areas and break rooms will be reduced from that percentage.
As for community-wide sporting events and tournaments, attendance will be limited to players, required personnel and parents or guardians. No other individuals will be granted entrance to these activities. Martin also said all other social gatherings, whether inside or outside, will be limited to 50 people.
If anyone intends to hold such an event where more than 50 people would be attending, then it must be approved by the Cass County Health Department.
According to the Indiana State Department of Health, more than 12,300 people have been tested in Cass County. As of Thursday, the state reported its highest one-day testing of approximately 5,688 people. Of those, 79 were from this county.
The local long-term care facilities continue to maintain their positive test results: Chase Center remains below five COVID cases for both residents and staff; Miller’s Merry Manor has 60 residents with COVID and 32 staff with the virus; and, Woodbridge is at 52 residents with COVID, 29 staff, and 15 deaths, according to the ISDH.
Meanwhile, Logansport Community School Corporation and Lewis Cass Schools have altered their on-site learning, while Pioneer Regional School Corporation and Caston School Corporation remain in session as normal.
Currently, of the four color-coded categories – blue, yellow, orange, and red – none of the 92 counties sits in the blue. According to the ISHD, five are yellow, nine are red, and every other county is orange.
Of the surrounding counties, only Fulton is yellow. Cass, Carroll, Miami, Pulaski, and White are orange.