NewsHealth / April 27, 2020

Cass County Clamps Down With Big Jump In Virus Cases

A Tyson Fresh Meats plant employee leaves the plant, Thursday, April 23, 2020, in Logansport, Indiana. The plant temporarily closed after several employees tested positive for COVID-19. - AP Photo/Darron Cummings

A Tyson Fresh Meats plant employee leaves the plant, Thursday, April 23, 2020, in Logansport, Indiana. The plant temporarily closed after several employees tested positive for COVID-19.

AP Photo/Darron Cummings

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — A northern Indiana county where a coronavirus outbreak prompted the closure of a Tyson Foods meatpacking plant imposed tighter restrictions Monday on who can enter retail businesses.

Test results over the weekend confirmed about 700 more COVID-19 cases in Cass County, boosting the county’s total to 1,025, the Indiana State Department of Health said Monday. Those new results come after Tyson announced last week it would temporarily close its Logansport plant that was the site of widespread illnesses and have all its 2,200 workers undergo coronavirus testing.

Logansport and county officials announced new orders prohibiting more than one family member and anyone younger than 16 from entering retail businesses. The orders also impose limits on the number of customers allowed inside and urge anyone entering stores to wear masks covering their mouth and nose.

While Cass County has had only one recorded COVID-19 death, its per-person infection rate is nearly four times greater than any other Indiana county.

“This order is necessary to end this threat to the city as quickly as possible,” Logansport Mayor Chris Martin said.

The Indiana State Department of Health on Monday reported 31 additional coronavirus deaths, boosting the state’s confirmed COVID-19 death toll to 844 since the first fatality was recorded seven weeks ago. The newly reported deaths happened between April 10 and Sunday.

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