6 southeast Indiana counties at highest level of state’s COVID-19 alert map

6 southeast Indiana counties at highest level of state’s COVID-19 alert map
State health officers gave an update on the COVID-19 vaccine rollout. (Source: Baptist Health)

INDIANAPOLIS (FOX19) - Six southeast Indiana counties in the FOX19 Now viewing area are now in the highest level of the state’s COVID-19 alert map.

Dearborn, Franklin, Ohio, Ripley, Switzerland, and Union counties are all in the red level of Indiana’s alert map, according to the state’s updated data.

Counties in the red level indicate their seven-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.

6,214 new COVID-19 cases were announced Wednesday by the Indiana State Department of Health.

The ISDH says there has been a total of 539,229 cases of COVID-19 since March 6.

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

  • Dearborn County: 64 new cases (4,067 total)
  • Franklin County: 20 new cases (1,300 total)
  • Ohio County: Four new cases (415 total)
  • Ripley County: 37 new cases (2,635 total)
  • Switzerland County: 17 new cases (541 total)
  • Union County: 10 new cases (547 total)

Indiana’s seven-day positivity rate for all tests is up to 16.3% from Tuesday’s 15.8%.

On Wednesday, the ISDH reported 80 additional deaths from COVID-19. Franklin County reported one additional death.

A total of 8,371 Hoosiers has died from COVID-19 since March 15, according to the ISDH.

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