CASS COUNTY, Ind. (WLFI) — Cass County is seeing a "somewhat overwhelming" spike in COVID-19 cases. That's according to State Health Commissioner Dr. Kristina Box.
As of Tuesday, Apr. 21, there are 107 positive cases. That's 21 new cases compared to the day before. As of Apr. 21, 124 have been tested in total. That's compared to at least 1,300 people tested in Tippecanoe County so far.
"I have a two-year-old," said Erica Thomas, assistant manager Zip-Thru. "I don't want my babies sick because somebody is so careless."
Thomas and Zip-Thru Manager Brandie Osborn spent the morning sanitizing the entire facility. The business is closing for two weeks starting Tuesday, Apr. 21 after employees were exposed to a customer with COVID-19.
"A customer had come in multiple times within the past week, week and a half and had tested positive for COVID-19," said Thomas.
"It angers me, I mean, I don't want to be here but my job was considered essential so I had to, I have a family to provide for."
Unfortunately, this is a reality for many workers in Cass County. Dr. Box said the "somewhat overwhelming" rise in COVID-19 cases could be linked to a factory in Logansport, which she did not name.
"As you know, when we all work closely together sometimes even stay together during a week's period of time and then go back to our families that's kind of a congregate living setting also, so that's how we can end up with than many cases," said Box.
She said her health team has stepped in to help improve safety and sanitation within the factory. As for COVID-19 testing, she said the county is doing a great job with its walk-in respiratory clinic.
"They have made testing accessible," said Dr. Box.
Osborn believes the best solution to slow the COVID-19 outbreak in the county is to give some essential businesses a break.
"They just need to shut everything down, I mean I get that effects so much but at the same this is serious, what's the point of keeping everything going and having all these people get sick," said Osborn.