3 southeast Indiana counties report zero new COVID-19 cases

3 southeast Indiana counties report zero new COVID-19 cases
Indiana is still in Phase 1A of its vaccine plan. (Source: KFDA)

INDIANAPOLIS (FOX19) - Three Indiana counties in the FOX19 NOW viewing area reported zero new COVID-19 cases on Tuesday, according to the Indiana State Department of Health.

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

  • Dearborn County: 22 new cases (4,887 total)
  • Franklin County: Three new cases (1,499 total)
  • Ohio County: Zero new cases (496 total)
  • Ripley County: 11 new cases (3,016 total)
  • Switzerland County: Zero new cases (669 total)
  • Union County: Zero new cases (629 total)

The ISDH reported 1,777 new cases on Tuesday, which brings the overall number to 614,946 COVID-19 cases.

Eighty more Hoosiers have died from COVID-19, according to the ISDH.

To date, 9,432 people in Indiana have died from the virus since March 15, 2020.

Indiana’s seven-day positivity rate for all tests is 9.3%.

Six southeast Indiana counties in the FOX19 Now viewing remain at 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.

Indiana is still in Phase 1A of its vaccine plan.

Phase 1A makes anyone over the age of 70, work or volunteer in healthcare, first responders, long-term care facility residents, work in a congregate living facility for youth, anyone with exposure to COVID-19 infectious material eligible for the vaccine.

The next group to be eligible for the vaccine will be Hoosiers 65 years of age and older. Indiana State Health Commissioner Dr. Kristina Box did not say what date that will happen though.

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