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Breaking Down The Recent Surge Of COVID-19 Cases In Vanderburgh County

On Monday, Vanderburgh County reported 99 new COVID-19 cases.

Posted: Oct 12, 2020 5:34 PM
Updated: Oct 12, 2020 5:39 PM

It's an alarming surge.

Vanderburgh County hit hard by COVID-19.

"It's pretty scary," says Bryan Biggs, Vanderburgh County resident. "I have two kids as well and they're doing the virtual learning because of everything spiking. It's very concerning to be a resident here and have to worry about going anywhere."

Just in the last week, the county setting records.

On Friday, health officials reported a record-breaking day with 126 new positives.

Just two days later, 106 new cases, making this the second highest one-day total.

On Monday, the county reported 99 new cases.

"We continue to test a lot of people," says Joe Gries, Vanderburgh County Health Department. "We see anywhere from 1,000 to up to 1,400 test being done daily."

As a way to curb the spread in the county, starting next Monday, Mayor Winnecke says organizers of events in Evansville where there's expected to over 125 people in attendance, must submit a plan to the Health Department ten days prior to the event.

The health department says they have been receiving concerns from the public on places not following safe practices.

"We try to enforce the mask mandate through education," says Gries. "We reach out to the bars and these places and tell them we're getting these complaints, they're coming in, we need you to understand you need to try to have people separate, social distance, wear their mask when they're not eating or drinking."

The spread of COVID-19 extending into other Hoosier communities.

Over the weekend, we reported 5 deaths throughout our Indiana counties.

One of which was out of Vanderburgh.

"I understand it's not fun to wear a mask all the time, but it's needed right now especially with the spikes," says Biggs. "People are dying and that's the main thing thats going on here and I think everyone needs to be aware of that."

The health department says those online forms to fill out for larger gatherings will be released sometime Tuesday.

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