TIPPECANOE COUNTY, Ind. (WLFI)—Purdue students return next Tuesday and with the county's positivity rate at 13.6 percent local leaders are sharing their thoughts.
According to the Indiana State Department of Health Tippecanoe County is now "red" this means there's a high level of community transmission of the COVID-19 virus. The World Health Organization says the goal is to have the positivity rate 5 percent or less.
Tippecanoe County Health Officer Dr. Jeremy Adler said the county's population increases by about 40,000 when students are here.
However, Dr. Adler said Purdue has an aggressive surveillance testing program under its Protect Purdue initiative.
Adler said even though students are returning he's hopeful.
"We could actually see our percent positivity decrease because we'll have more people being tested so we watch closely for that and we take that into consideration when we are interpreting changes in our percent positivity," said Adler.
West Lafayette Mayor John Dennis co-signs but he said he's noticed a trend.
"We have been basically saying the same mantra since the beginning," said Dennis. "Wear your mask, wash your hands, keep your distance, mind your business and because it's been such a repetitive message there's a level of burnout."
Mayor Dennis goes on to sas the sooner everyone complies the sooner we can get back to a normal quality of life.
Purdue University is going to offer a fully online option for students opting out of returning to campus.