Deaconess Doctor Weighs in on Vanderburgh Co. COVID-19 Spike

Deaconess Doctor of Internal Medicine Dr. Brad Scheu talks about the recent rise of positive COVID-19 cases in Vanderburgh County.

Posted: Jul 8, 2020 6:28 AM
Updated: Jul 8, 2020 7:05 AM

Vanderburgh County saw another high report of new cases on Tuesday, July 7.

The county reported 26 new positive cases of COVID-19 on Tuesday, which follows a week of similar reports. When compared to the beginning of June, it's nearly double the daily count.

Adding to the recent uptick in cases, COVID-19 exposures at popular bars and restaurants.

Over the past few days, Peephole Bar & Grill, Sauced, KC's Marina Pointe, and Bud's Rockin' Country Bar & Grill have temporarily closed due to employees and/or customers testing positive for the virus.

In just the first 7 days of July, Vanderburgh County has added a 162 new cases. It took the community 3.5 months to confirm just over 400 cases.

Deaconess Doctor of Internal Medicine, Dr. Brad Scheu tells 44News, "It is definitely an increase and probably not a complete representation of all the cases that are out there. We are making a much better push to get more patients tested."

However, Dr. Scheu says the uptick is not a complete surprise. Cases were expected to rise as more industries opened up.

When it comes to preventing the new wave of cases from getting out of hand, Dr. Scheu points to the basics.

“They are even more important now as we are interacting more with one another, yet seeing this rise,” said Dr. Scheu, referencing social distancing, mask-wearing, and good hygiene. 

“I know it feels like an inconvenience to wear the mask and to do these things. However, it is the best thing you can do to not only protect your neighbors and your loved ones but to protect yourself as well.”

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Our Tuesday was nothing short of chilly, gloomy, gray and wintry throughout the Tri-State; afternoon high temperatures only reached as high as the middle to low 30s throughout the region. Our peak temperature of 32° in Evansville was 16° below the norm for this time of the year. As for the evening ahead, cloud cover and cool air will linger - additionally, there have been reports of sporadic flurries on and off throughout the day and some portions in the Lower Ohio Valley may continue to see brief snow showers through 10 o’clock this evening. Our winds will shift southward overnight tonight into early Wednesday morning and while it won’t necessarily drive temperatures higher for the predawn hours, It will help keep temperatures from falling much further than where they currently stand. Extract the morning low temperature near 29° in Evansville as we kick off our midweek.
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