Indiana’s COVID-19 positivity rate rises to 24.8%

Indiana’s COVID-19 positivity rate rises to 24.8%
A nurse prepares a shot of the vaccine against COVID-19. (Source: WWNY)

INDIANAPOLIS (FOX19) - The Indiana State Department of Health, ISDH, reported a 24.8% 7-day COVID-19 positivity rate from Dec. 20 to Dec. 26.

On Saturday, the ISDH stated that there are 5,388 new COVID-19 cases and 14 new COVID-19 deaths.

There have been a total of 523,090 cases and 8,055 COVID-19 deaths since the start of the pandemic.

Here is a breakdown of new and total cases for Indiana counties in the FOX19 NOW viewing area:

  • Dearborn County: 45 new cases (3,920 total)
  • Franklin County: Six new cases (1,249 total)
  • Ohio County: Three new cases (403 total)
  • Ripley County: 34 new cases (2,546 total)
  • Switzerland County: Five new cases (513 total)
  • Union County: 12 new cases (522 total)
  • Fayette County: 12 new cases (2,229 total)

Alert Map

Four southeast Indiana counties are at the highest advisory level on the state’s COVID-19 alert map. Fayette County is flagged due to the increase in cases. Union, Fayette, Franklin, Dearborn, and Ohio counties are at the red or highest level. This means that their 7-day positivity rate is 15% or greater, and there are 200 or more new weekly cases per 100,000 residents.

Switzerland County is the latest of the four counties mentioned to reach the red level. The other three – Dearborn, Franklin, and Ripley – have remained at the red level for the past few weeks.

There are specific guidelines for counties in the red level under Gov. Eric Holcomb’s order:

  • All social gatherings are limited to 25 people.
  • Special, seasonal or commercial events planned for more than 25 people require the approval of a safety plan by the local health department. College and professional sports are included.
  • Health officials advise that events be canceled or postponed.
  • Attendance at winter indoor K-12 extracurricular and co-curricular events, including IHSAA sports, is limited to participants, support personnel and parents, or guardians.
  • Local officials can consider limiting hours for the operation of bars, nightclubs, and restaurants.
  • Community recreational sports leagues and tournaments may continue with participants, required personnel, and parents or guardians only.
  • Common areas and break rooms should be closed.
  • Senior care activities are suspended.
  • Hospitals, long-term care facilities, and other congregate settings can impose visitation limits.

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