COVID-19 in St. Joseph County (December 2020)

Michael McNeill

Unfortunately, COVID-19 is still fairly prevalent in our area of Saint Joseph County, and in this article I will give you an update of where we currently stand as of today, December 4th.

First, wearing a mask is still a necessity, and is definitely the first step toward stopping this virus that we all can and should take. Even if you don’t do it for the sake of others, at least wear one so that we all can return to normal life as soon as possible.

Additionally, if you come into close contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19, take the necessary precautions and quarantine yourself. If symptoms arise, take the next step and choose to isolate yourself, so as to be on the safe side. It is also wise to limit contact with high risk individuals, such as those who are elderly or have underlying health conditions.

In our county specifically, COVID-19 cases have been somewhat steadily increasing since the beginning of October, with a total of 8,460 cases yesterday on December 3rd. Although the mortality rate in our county is only slightly over 1%, this is still a very serious threat and should not be taken for less than it is just because it has been so long.

Finally, there is still no officially approved vaccine in circulation for COVID-19, but we know there are countless people working every day to bring one into reality. A small batch is expected to release this month, and the available numbers will increase over time. On the bright side, vaccine doses purchased with U.S. Taxpayer dollars will be distributed for free, and very significant progress has already been made toward this vaccine. Please make sure you keep up safe practices for everyone’s sake, and stay safe!