TIPPECANOE COUNTY, Ind. (WLFI)—Tippecanoe County's COVID-19 positivity rate now sits at 13.6 percent. That's according to the Indiana State Department of Health. County health officer Dr. Jeremy Adler the positivity rate in this context means there's a high level of community transmission.
Dr. Adler said the positivity rate gives a broader look at what percentage of tests are coming back positive. Adler said a contributing factor would be the holiday season that just passed.
He said the health department saw an increase just before Thanksgiving.
"When you get to fifteen percent or twenty percent and above then we are really very very concerned that there is very high widespread community transmission of the virus," said Adler. "Essentially it means that it is everywhere."
The World Health Organization said the goal is to be five percent or below.