TIPPECANOE COUNTY, Ind. (WLFI)-- Tippecanoe County is now yellow status according to the Health Department. That means the county's positivity rate is below five percent.
According to Tippecanoe County Health Officer Dr. Jeremy Adler yellow status relates to the positivity rate. The positivity rate relates to community transmission. Three weeks ago the county was in red status which means there was a very high level of community transmission of the COVID-19 virus.
Dr. Adler said right now the county's positivity rate is at four point six percent that's down from 16.32 percent three weeks ago. According to the World Health Organization communities should strive to keep their positivity rate under five percent. Adler said the surge in cases from the holidays are starting to subside which plays a role in the decrease.
"All of these preventative measures, the face coverings, the social distancing, all of things work, they help," said Adler. "If they didn't work then our surge would have kept on surging. We would have seen higher and higher number of cases and not seen this drop off."
Adler said if the county continues its status in yellow through next Wednesday which would be the fourth consecutive week, restrictions on bars and restaurants such as the 1 A.M. curfew could be lifted. Bar top limitations would also be lifted.
Dr. Adler said the story is still the same in terms of how we get through this and get to some sort of normalcy. He said to stay the course continue doing the right thing to keep yourself and others safe as people continue to get vaccinated for COVID-19.