Tippecanoe County moved to ‘Red’ status; what this means for Purdue

Tippecanoe County Health Officer Dr. Jeremy Adler announced Wednesday (Jan. 13) that the state of Indiana has placed Tippecanoe County in ‘Red’ status based on very high COVID-19 positivity rates and community spread. 

With this new classification comes a series of suggested and required new restrictions for Tippecanoe County workplaces, gatherings and more. 

Most applicable to Purdue will be a firm cap of 25 people for attendance at all indoor and outdoor events. This restriction does not apply to classes with more than 25 students in attendance, but does apply to events such as student organization meetings and functions as well as departmental and unit meetings. 

In light of these new restrictions, campus leadership is reviewing event guidelines for the spring semester; the updated guidelines will be shared via the Protect Purdue website, Purdue Today and the Protect Purdue Weekly Briefing in the coming days.  (Update: Revised spring 2021 event guidelines released: https://protect.purdue.edu/updates/spring-2021-events-guidelines/.)

Diligent adherence to the components of the Protect Purdue Pledge — masking, distancing and robust personal hygiene — as well as resisting pandemic fatigue remain the best tools to protect ourselves, others and our Purdue community so that we can bring the positivity rate and community spread down in Tippecanoe County. 

Learn more about how county color codes are determined: https://www.coronavirus.in.gov/map/CountyScoringMapDetails.pdf.

Learn more about what Red status means: https://www.in.gov/gov/files/Jan-4-through-Jan-24-Coronavirus-Response-Requirements.pdf