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Coronavirus: Monticello orders stricter stay-at-home guidelines; circumstances in Tippecanoe as much as 95 – Journal & Courier

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LAFAYETTE – Cases of coronavirus continued to inch toward the century mark in Tippecanoe County, up five Tuesday to 95 since March, according to figures released by the Indiana State Health Department.

Statewide, there were 650 new cases for a total of 16,588, as of Tuesday, according to the state.

Indiana’s death toll stood at 901, with 57 additional deaths reported Tuesday.

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There were no additional deaths reported Tuesday for Tippecanoe County or neighboring counties.

Tippecanoe County still trails the state’s infection rate by a wide margin, with 4.9 cases per 10,000 people compared to 24.6 cases for every 10,000 people in Indiana.

In nearby Cass County, two counties to the northeast of Lafayette, a spike COVID-19 cases slowed, though the county still added 85 new cases in Tuesday’s report. A day earlier, Cass County had 439 new cases, accounting for nearly half of Indiana’s additional cases that day. In Logansport, where cases led to a shutdown of a Tyson meat packing plant last week, Logansport Mayor Chris Martin on Monday imposed stricter stay-at-home orders, limiting travel, requiring masks when entering essential businesses and imposing criminal penalties for violations.

Monticello Mayor Cathy Gross followed suit Tuesday in neighboring White County.

In an order released Tuesday afternoon, the city limited essential retail businesses and operations to one person per family at a time; prohibited children younger than 16 from going in essential retail businesses; allowed no more than two customers in a business per 1,000 square feet of retail space, with a cap of 125 customers in stores with more than 62,000 square feet; and imposed fines for businesses that didn’t comply.

The order for Monticello was set to run through May 6. Gross’ order, she said, was “due to the number of coronavirus cases increasing in White County and especially in certain counties adjacent to White County.” White County added six cases Tuesday, according to state figures.

Here were the numbers for Tippecanoe County’s direct neighbors, according to Tuesday’s state report.

Benton County:, 7, up 1; deaths, zero.Carroll County: 18, unchanged; deaths, 1.Clinton County: 35, up 3; deaths, 1.Fountain County: 10, up 1; deaths, 2.Jasper County: 40, up 11; deaths, 1.Montgomery County: 37, up 2; deaths, zero.Newton County: 46, unchanged; deaths, 5.Warren County: 11, unchanged; deaths, 1.White County: 42, up 6; deaths, zero.

Reach Dave Bangert at 765-420-5258 or at dbangert@jconline.com. Follow on Twitter: @davebangert.

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