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Tippecanoe County Health Officer Dr. Jeremy Adler said Purdue University’s Protect Purdue Plan -- released last week -- is “well thought out”, including in its reconfiguring of on-campus spaces to mitigate the possible spread of COVID-19 among students and employees, ranging from classrooms to dining halls.

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The Indiana State Department of Health reported 261 COVID-19 cases in Tippecanoe County Wednesday. The biggest percentage of those cases --at 22.6 percent -- was in the 20 to 29 year-old age group.

Statewide, that age group represented 13.4 percent of cases.

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A second Tippecanoe County resident has a presumptive positive case of COVID-19.

Tippecanoe County Health Officer Dr. Jeremy Adler said Thursday the patient, who is currently hospitalized at IU Arnett, had recently traveled back from Paris. 

The county’s first case was announced Wednesday. That patient remains hospitalized in Orange County, Florida.

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A Tippecanoe County resident has the county’s first presumptive positive case of COVID-19.

Tippecanoe County Health Officer Dr. Jeremy Adler said Wednesday the resident became symptomatic and was tested while in Florida, and remains at a hospital there in stable condition.

He said the patient was in Florida for four days before showing any symptoms. 

“The incubation period for COVID-19 is considered to be anywhere between two and 14 days,” Adler said.

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As concerns about coronavirus continue to escalate across the country, the Tippecanoe County Health Department issued a public health alert Wednesday. County Health Officer Jeremy Adler advised residents against immediately heading to the emergency room if they’re concerned about possible coronavirus symptoms. 

“We are asking the public to avoid visiting emergency departments unless you have significant symptoms, such as fever, cough, or shortness of breath, and/or other risk factors for coronavirus,” Adler says. 

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The Tippecanoe County needle exchange program is ordering a second mobile unit. The health department plans to order the vehicle next week.

Officials announced the purchase of the $147,000 vehicle Thursday, the funding for which will come from state grants. Officials hope to have it in service by October.

County Health Officer Jeremy Adler says the trailer they’re currently using works for the needle exchange, but the new one offers more amenities.

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Tippecanoe County Health Department officials say they’re seeing cases of whooping cough among middle- and high schoolers this winter.

But because most kids get vaccinated against that disease any several others as kids, it’s the adults they’re around who may be most at risk.

Tippecanoe County Health Officer Jeremy Adler says more needs to be done to remind adults their childhood shots lose potency over time. Advising, "[getting] the word out better to encourage adults to get the recommended vaccines."

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Tippecanoe County Health Department officials report a 93-percent syringe return rate among recurring participants during the first six months of the county’s needle exchange program.

A total of 138 people – most between the ages of 30 and 40 – have participated. The department has distributed about 11,000 needles in that time.

County Health Officer Jeremy Adler says the department has also focused on connecting participants with resources including substance abuse treatment, mental health services and Hepatitis C and HIV testing.

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By the slimmest of margins, Tippecanoe County’s needle exchange program will survive for at least one more year.

A 2-1 vote by the county commissioners Monday came down only after Commissioner David Byers – who’d declined for weeks to state his stance publicly – voted in favor of a continuance.

Byers says he was swayed by talking to other commissioners at a recent state conference and by listening closely to public comment at Monday’s meeting from those who are unhappy about the exchange operating in a residential neighborhood in Lafayette.

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After months of struggling to secure a location, the Tippecanoe County Health Department plans to inaugurate a needle exchange program in its building this Friday. 

The program comes nearly a year after a public health emergency was issued for the county.