INDIANAPOLIS, IN. (FOX19) -The Indiana State Department of Health reported an additional 3,630 COVID-19 cases and 39 new deaths.
Since the pandemic started, there have been 529,688 Hoosiers to have tested positive and 8,150 who died due to the virus.
Here is a breakdown of new and total cases for Indiana counties in the FOX19 NOW viewing area:
- Dearborn County: 37 new cases (3,965 total)
- Franklin County: Nine new cases (1,269 total)
- Ohio County: Four new cases (408 total)
- Ripley County: 25 new cases (2,585 total)
- Switzerland County: Nine new cases (523 total)
- Union County: Six new cases (531 total)
- Fayette County: 15 new cases (2,249 total)
The 7-day positivity rate between Dec. 12 and Dec. 28 is 25.9 %.
Ripley County reported one new death, which brings the total number of COVID-19 deaths to 42.
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.
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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