The Dubois County Health Department (DCHD) said Friday that Dubois County had been placed in COVID-19 'Code Orange' by the state health department due to "medium to high community spread" of the virus.
The announcement from DCHD comes after 44 new positive cases of COVID-19 were reported in Dubois County on Friday, which is the county's third-largest increase of new positive cases of the virus so far.
DCHD says the county's recent transition into Code Orange is a "huge concern," and that it should be to all Dubois County citizens.
In Dubois County, the state health department's COVID-19 County Metrics Map currently shows there to be 306 new positive cases per week per 100,000 residents and a seven-day positivity rate of 7.36%.
"While some of the reasons for this increase can be attributed to moving to Stage 5, this is not believed to be the full explanation," DCHD said on Friday.
"The health department continues to get complaints and concerns from our local citizens that people are not wearing masks or not wearing them properly and are not practicing physical distancing," the health department went on to explain. "The State of Indiana is still under a mask mandate Executive Order 20-37. Please remember masks are worn to protect those around you by minimizing your droplet spread. Wear a mask and urge your friends and family to do same."
DCHD went on to stress the importance of COVID-19 guidelines, saying that the county is "very close to being placed in Code Red."
"If that happens, the State of Indiana may request local authorities to take action in our county and we will risk falling back to an earlier stage," DCHD said. "We do not want this to happen so please do your part to help stop the spread of this virus."
The Dubois County Health Department sent a stern message to its residents on Tuesday, blaming the county's increase in COVID-19 cases on "negligence."