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)
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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