Coronavirus metrics continue to improve both at the local and state level.
In the latest county update from the Indiana State Department of Health, Kosciusko County remains at the orange advisory for at least another week, but could improve to the yellow advisory next week if numbers hold steady or improve further. Weekly cases per 100,000 residents fell to 144, while the seven-day positivity rate has gone down to 8.5 percent.
Neighboring Elkhart County has officially gone down to the yellow advisory level, while Noble and St. Joseph Counties can make that move next week if numbers continue their improvement. Whitley County stays in red for another week as weekly cases are near 350 and the positivity rate is just over 17 percent.
Across the state, the positivity rate has more than halved since peaking on January 2nd at 16 percent.
On Wednesday, the state reported a seven-day positivity rate of 7.7 percent, the lowest rate in nearly four months. An additional 1,480 new cases were reported along with 36 new deaths. The cumulative total of cases has surpassed 631,000.
Only four counties were reported as red, compared to the 73 just a few weeks ago. Hospitalization rates have also been steadily falling since peaking on December, when 2,941 confirmed COVID cases were in state hospitals. The latest update was down to 1,268.