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Dubois and Knox Counties Enter COVID-19 Red Zone; Two Counties Return to Orange

Though Dubois County and Knox County entered into the state's COVID-19 Red Zone on Wednesday, two other southwest Indiana counties returned back to Orange status.

Posted: Dec 16, 2020 11:14 AM
Updated: Dec 16, 2020 12:45 PM

The Indiana State Department of Health is releasing new COVID-19 County Metrics data for Wednesday, Dec. 16.

According to ISDH, both Dubois County and Knox County have now entered into the state's COVID-19 Red Zone. This means that under Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb's latest Executive Order, gatherings in those counties are capped at a limit of 25 attendees, with no exceptions to be granted by their local health departments.

As Dubois and Knox counties entered the Red, two other southwest Indiana counties returned to a less-severe status.

Both Pike County and Gibson County, which had previously entered into the state's COVID-19 Red Zone one week earlier, returned to Orange in Wednesday's update. Now, restrictions on gatherings in those counties are less severe, with up to 50 people allowed to gather.

Daviess County, which entered into the Red one week earlier, remains in the Red. You can click here to see the latest County Metrics Map from ISDH.

New COVID-19 Numbers from ISDH:

The Indiana State Department of Health on Wednesday reported 6,283 new positive cases of COVID-19 throughout the state. 440,850 total Indiana residents are now confirmed to have tested positive for COVID-19 to date. 

Additionally, ISDH says 125 more Hoosiers have died from COVID-19. So far, 6,781 total Indiana residents are confirmed to have died from the virus.

Here are Wednesday's local increases:

  • Vanderburgh County: 204 new cases (13,110 total), 1 new death (172 total).
  • Warrick County: 68 new cases (4,401 total).
  • Gibson County: 31 new cases (2,645 total), 1 new death (48 total).
  • Posey County: 19 new cases (1,609 total).
  • Knox County: 34 new cases (2,591 total), 1 new death (34 total).
  • Pike County: 21 new cases (742 total).
  • Dubois County: 168 new cases (3,633 total).
  • Daviess County: 18 new cases (2,045 total), 1 new death (62 total).
  • Spencer County: 31 new cases (1,180 total).

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Under Gov. Holcomb's latest order, which caps gatherings in Indiana counties based on their current rating on the COVID-19 County Metrics Map, all non-emergent procedures throughout the state's hospitals are also required to be postponed or rescheduled.

The rules on gatherings and hospitals set in Holcomb's latest order will be in effect until at least Jan. 3, unless the order is extended.

For more on COVID-19 in Indiana from ISDH, visit www.coronavirus.in.gov.


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