New Covid Variants Entering Tri-State Could Cause Positivity Spike

Right now, the tri-state is seeing a general decrease in Covid-19 cases, but that could be changing as new strains of the coronavirus are entering into our area.

Posted: Mar 17, 2021 5:29 PM
Updated: Mar 17, 2021 7:50 PM

Right now, most of our Indiana counties are in the blue, which means the coronavirus positivity rate is relatively low, but with businesses re-opening to full capacity and variants emerging, that trend could change.

On Tuesday, governor Andy Beshear reported a new strain impacting a blue grass nursing home that has infected more than 30 people at the nursing home and has sent five residents to the hospital, and the state of Indiana has now reported 57 cases of the new UK strain.

“This variant is much more transmissible, and we need more people vaccinated so we can win this race between the vaccine and the variants," said Dr. Kristina Box, commissioner of the Indiana Department of Health.

Currently, 870,000 Hoosiers are fully vaccinated, 44News spoke to a Bluegrass resident that fought a battle with covid for more than two weeks.

“I ended up having a fever over 100 for 12 days straight, sometimes getting up to 104, and just no energy, no appetite," said Tony Hook. "It was probably the worst sickness I’ve had in my 52 years.”

Hook was saved from the virus after receiving a BAM booster shot to help his immune system fight off the virus, but he’s not sure he could have fought off these new, more dangerous strains.

“I couldn’t imagine things being much worse, unless I would’ve had to gone on a ventilator, so I could imagine with this new variant, there’s more severe realities issues," said Hook. "I could only imagine that would probably be one of the worst things, and then the fear of getting on a ventilator and having to go to the hospital would probably be the worst thing with the new variant.”

Deaconess officials say they detected the presence of the UK variant in our community back in January. So far, Baptist Health has not reported any new variants of the virus, but they're monitoring the situation closely.

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