ANGOLA, Ind. (WFFT) -- Trine University and Steuben County are showing less community spread of COVID-19 this week thanks to help from the university’s COVID response team.
"The team would also work with the health center staff to do testing, symptom checks, and then put together a team of staff and faculty that would reach out to students,” Dean of Students Cisco Ortiz said.
The Indiana State Department of Health said the county has a 10.9% positivity rate.
"It's nice to see even after a holiday, that we are downgraded in the status especially since we're in Steuben County," Ortiz said.
Trine University made adjustments when the county was first put into the red on the states metric map.
James Tew, Director of Content and Creation for Trine University, said these tighter restrictions for on-campus events and sporting events helped slow the spread.
"Earlier in the semester, there were opportunities for fans and usually parents. The games were only admitted to parents and other students. Those were kept in separate sections. We didn't have contact that way. Indoor contests like our basketball games, everyone wore masks, everybody was asked to social distance as well," Director of Content and Creation for Trine University James Tew said.
We reached out to the Steuben County Health Department to see what were some other contributing factors to lowering numbers. We are still waiting to hear back.