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Delta Variant Most Likely Cause of Hoosier Counties Reverting Back to Yellow

Five of our Indiana counties are under a "yellow advisory level" -- after spending several weeks in the lowest zone **blue. The counties who have gone back into the yellow include Vanderburgh, Warrick, Gibson, Posey and Daviess counties. Doctors are blaming the Delta variant on the rise.

Posted: Jul 8, 2021 7:26 PM
Updated: Jul 9, 2021 11:14 AM

The Delta variant has been causing severe symptoms in patients across the county. And now, it looks like it's starting to infect the Hoosier state.

"Knowing that our Covid numbers have risen slightly and the other variants that we are able to measure here have gone down, we feel very confident it is the Delta variant that it is causing that," said Dr. Brad Scheu, internal medicine specialist with Deaconess. "And it's become the prominent strain across all of America at this point."

But Deaconess doctors have not been able to confirm a case yet, because they are awaiting results from the Indiana State Department of Health.

"It's just the sequencing process that it takes to confirm that takes a couple of weeks," Dr. Scheu said. "And we're just a little delayed behind that right now."

For Quent McGowan, and his brother, who are in their twenties, they both suffered from one of the Covid-19 variants last October, but it hit his brother harder.

"My brother had the same kind of variant," Quent McGowan said. "We got it together and he was bed ridden and I wasn't."

The big fear is that even with the vaccine protection they may still get the Delta strain.

"There is always a possibility but you never know," McGowan said. "Once you're vaccinated, we're hoping that the vaccine works for this Delta variant."

Doctors say it is still the best bet against the virus and this harsh variant.

"We're in a much better place today," Dr. Scheu said. "But we're not completely out of the woods. So really staying the course, getting the vaccine is the best way we can help protect one another."

Deaconess should have the results from those first batches of Delta lab tests back within a week.

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Temperatures dipped back into the upper 30s and low 40s for many of us early this morning, marking our coldest start to a day in Evansville (where we fell to 41°) in more than a week. Fortunately, the chilly start to the day didn't mean that our afternoon would be a loss, it was anything but - in fact, after seeing temperature around 57° by our lunch hour, afternoon highs crept back into the mid to low 60s area-wide; we hit 63° in the River City - while that's still 2° shy of the norm for October 27th, we'll take a 3° increase over yesterday's high of 60°. The clear skies that allowed temperatures to climb as high as they did earlier on however, are on their way out as our next round of rainfall inches ever closer. The remainder of the evening ahead should remain dry, but isolated rainfall will return to the Tri-State as early as the overnight and predawn hours Thursday.
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