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New Strain of COVID-19 Could Impact Local Hospitals

Top health experts fear this strain of COVID-19 could impact local healthcare systems if people let their guard down.

Posted: Jan 11, 2021 8:47 PM
Updated: Jan 12, 2021 7:02 AM

This new mutation has been around in England since at least September 2020, the bad news, its now in the Hoosier state.

Health Officials are worried about the impact this new variant will have on local hospitals.

Doctors, hospitals, city and state leaders are all on high alert.

The Indiana State Health Department said the variant was identified in the state through testing by the state agency's laboratory and the CDC.

Monday's announcement included no addition information on its discovery in Indiana, such as where it was found or how many cases have been reported.

Locally the message remains the same.

"All of the safety protocols we have into place, everything that were are doing, mask wearing, social distancing, good hand hygiene staying home when you're sick, those things are still important and going to continue to be important the next few months" said Joe Gries with the Vanderburgh County Health Department.

The emergency department at local hospital's are over ran with COVID and non-COVID patients.

Hospital bed capacity are pushed to their limits according to the states COVID-19 Dashboard.

Top health experts are blaming the holiday season for the recent surge in cases.

Currently 194,000 Hoosiers have received their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, 24,000 of those have gotten their second dose of the vaccine.

According to both vaccine markers, the vaccine should protect against the new strain of the virus.

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Conditions are dry, but chilly. Winds have strengthened out of the north making it feel bitterly cold. As we head into the overnight hours temperatures will fall into the mid 20s. As winds stay gusty out of the north it will make it feel more like the teens Sunday morning under clear skies. The majority of the Tri-State will remain dry come Sunday afternoon. There is a slim chance that some of our communities across the far southern reaches of the Tri-State could see some light snowfall early in the afternoon, but it's looking like it will stay south and east of the Tri-State. We'll climb to a high temperature of 38° with sunny and breezy conditions. Gusts out of the north could reach 25-30 MPH.
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