The Dubois County Health Department (DCHD) says it's been seeing a "rise of new cases of COVID-19 in Dubois County" since Stage 5 of Indiana's reopening.
According to the health department, most of the county's new cases are due to community spread, like special events, travel, bars, weddings, and family gatherings.
"Many people have let their guard down in regards to following the ongoing guidelines to mitigate this virus," DCHD said on Tuesday. "Stage 5 did not lift these guidelines."
Despite Stage 5 of Indiana's reopening, DCHD is urging the public to continue practicing social distancing and mask-wearing at all times when not at home and around others.
"We have a duty and responsibility to do our best to curtail the spread of this disease," DCHD said. "We can clearly see that the consequences of our negligence are resulting in our increasing numbers."
On Tuesday, DCHD reported 17 new positive cases of COVID-19 within the county. So far, 1,223 total Dubois County residents have tested positive for the virus, while 22 total have died from it.
You can see Monday's statewide COVID-19 update for Indiana by clicking here.