From July 7 to July 31, Vanderburgh County's COVID-19 positivity rate increased from 4.02% to 6.35%.
The increase in positive cases in the county isn't the only thing raising red flags among local health officials - but also where the positive cases have been coming from.
According to Lynn Herr of the Vanderburgh County Health Department, four Vanderburgh County daycares have recently reported positive cases of COVID-19.
"In the last week, we have had multiple daycares that have reported positives in our youngest population," said Herr. "Less than a year and right in between the ages of one and five."
In addition to the recent uptick in cases in infants and toddlers in the county, Herr says the health department is also seeing an increase of COVID-19 cases in high school athletes.
"We are seeing children under the age of 18 that are involved in sports as coming across as some of our positives," Herr explained.
A new study from the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) Pediatrics says that due to school closures early in pandemic responses, larger-scale investigations of schools as a source of community transmission were prevented. The association is now reporting that replication of COVID-19 in older children leads to similar levels of viral nucleic acid as adults, but significantly greater amounts of viral nucleic acid are detected in children younger than 5 years. The viral nucleic acid encodes the genetic information unique for each virus.
Herr with the Vanderburgh County Health Department is encouraging everyone to take all precautions possible against the spread of COVID-19.
"We are encouraging everyone to wear a mask, social distance, and wash your hands and surfaces, frequently," said Herr.
Anyone associated with any of the Vanderburgh County daycares (such as parents and staff) where a positive case of COVID-19 has been confirmed has been notified by the Vanderburgh County Health Department.