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As Restrictions Loosen County Health Leaders Concerned About Spike In Cases

More than 46,000 people have been tested for the virus since the pandemic began in Vanderburgh County.

Posted: Oct 4, 2020 11:32 AM

The Vanderburgh County Health Department says that COVID-19 is wide spread among our community right now, even though Gov. Eric Holcomb eased restrictions.

Health officials advise the public to not let their guard down.

With Labor Day behind us health officials say they're worried about large gatherings and people not taking the virus seriously because of relaxed public environments.

There are 70 new cases in Vanderburgh County Sunday. That comes on the heels of 101 positive cases Saturday, that was the highest single day total ever.

As of Sunday, 125,146 confirmed positive tests in Indiana. 3,447 Hoosiers have lost their life due to the Coronavirus.

There are over 180,000 people in Evansville city limits, just over 46,000 people have been tested in the city and county for COVID-19.

There have been 4,221 positive cases in the county, with 32 deaths locally.

The health department is concerned for those in the 20-29-year-old age range. 38% of all positive cases in Vanderburgh County are those under the age of 29.

This comes are more people are expected to hit the bars as the colder months move near.

Joe Gries the Vanderburgh County Health Department Administrator says "We know when you’re together with a lot of people there is a higher risk and if it’s indoors at a bar or a nightclub or other things, like peoples houses and you’re not social distancing and you’re not wearing masks there’s a higher risk and there’s going to be more spread"

It's still a state mandate to wear your mask while out in public near large groups of people or while inside bars, restaurants or retailers.

Indiana state officials say they will re-evaluate the mask mandate in just on October 17.

County leaders have expressed deep concern for the rising numbers.

Gov. Holcomb and state health officials have left the fate of door to door trick or treating up to local city and county governments.

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