Schneck CEO: COVID-19 has peaked this year

In 2020, the number of COVID-19 cases in Indiana peaked in November.

This year, the peak was about two weeks ago in early October, said Dr. Eric Fish, president and chief executive officer of Schneck Medical Center in Seymour.

“We’re on the downslide of that,” he said during Monday night’s Schneck board of trustees meeting in answering a question from Trustee Matt Reedy. “There are still a couple districts in the state that were still at the top, but we’re on the way down.”

On the Indiana State Department of Health website, he said a graph representing the cases is starting to widen out a little.

“But it’s not dropping as drastically as it has. It did not reach the peak that we reached last November,” Fish said, referring to the latest delta surge.

As of Monday, Fish said Schneck had 13 in-patients who are COVID-19 positive and one on a ventilator.

While the United States’ transmission level is red, Fish said Jackson County’s positivity rate is sitting around 9% and at the orange level.

“Numbers are down from about two to three weeks ago,” he said. “I think the max of about 23 in-patients with this current surge, so about half of what it was two to three weeks ago. We still do continue to see patients who are requiring hospitalization.”

According to the ISDH’s latest numbers, Jackson County’s positivity rate stands at 9.9%. The rate is determined by a seven-day moving average with a six-day lag to give time to receive comprehensive results. The current rate for the county would be for Oct. 5 to 11.

Through Sunday, 6,940 county residents had tested positive for COVID-19, and the number of deaths attributed to the virus was 88.

There have been 80,832 COVID tests administered to 24,260 individuals in the county since March 18, 2020.

Also, the state’s COVID-19 vaccination dashboard reported 22,009 or 50.09% of 46,428 Jackson County residents have received their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, and 20,615 or 46.92% of county residents have been fully vaccinated.