Two local Indiana counties received a weekly score of 'Blue' on the state health department's COVID-19 County Metrics Map Wednesday, indicating the lowest level of COVID-19 spread.
Those counties were Daviess County and Pike County, which received the Blue rating with weekly cases per 100,000 residents in the mid-40s and seven-day test positivity rates right around 3%.
Though Daviess and Pike counties scoring Blue on Wednesday's map is surely a good sign, it doesn't mean restrictions aren't still in place. Each county's current Advisory Level indicates the current COVID-19 restrictions in place.
Current Advisory Levels can be seen below:
Currently, restrictions laid out by Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb's Executive Order allows gatherings and events in Orange counties to take place at 25% of a facility's capacity, and at 50% of a facility's capacity in Yellow counties.
For a county's advisory level to improve, it must receive the score of a lower advisory level for two consecutive weeks. Should a county reach Blue advisory level, it would allow for events and gatherings to take place at 100% of a facility's capacity.
While numbers and scoring methods have both changed over the months of the pandemic, nearly all local counties were scored as Red on the state map as recently as Jan. 13.
Before that, the last time any of our local counties received a Blue score was in August 2020, near the County Metrics Map's release.
Indiana COVID-19 Update
In addition to providing an update on its County Metrics Map Wednesday, the Indiana State Department of Health released new COVID-19 data for the Hoosier State.
According to ISDH's Wednesday update, 933 more Indiana residents have tested positive for COVID-19, bringing the total number of state residents now known to have contracted the virus to date to 651,453.
ISDH also said Wednesday that 20 more COVID-19 deaths had occurred statewide, bringing the total number of COVID-19 deaths statewide to 11,825.
While new positive COVID-19 cases remained low locally Wednesday, two new local COVID-19 deaths were reported by the state health department, as seen below.
Local COVID-19 Increases Reported Wednesday:
- Vanderburgh County: 13 new cases
- Warrick County: 17 new cases, 1 new death
- Gibson County: 1 new case
- Knox County: 0 new cases
- Posey County: 5 new cases
- Pike County: 0 new cases
- Dubois County: 4 new cases
- Daviess County: 2 new cases, 1 new death
- Spencer County: 0 new cases
- Perry County: 1 new case
For more information on COVID-19 in Indiana, visit the state health department's website.