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.