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New Year, New Cases; Holiday Gatherings Bring New Spike

Family gatherings, holiday parties, and New Year's Eve celebrations have led to a new spike in covid cases, and some medical professionals fear it could be our worst.

Posted: Jan 4, 2021 3:21 PM
Updated: Jan 5, 2021 11:04 AM

More than 420 new positive cases of COVID-19 were reported on Monday in Daviess, Henderson, and Vanderburgh counties combined, after a week of holiday gatherings and New Year’s Eve parties.

Medical professionals warned for weeks that COVID-19 numbers would rise in our area if Tri-State residents treated the holidays like it was a normal year, and now, we are seeing the effects of family gatherings, house parties, and people ringing in the new year at bars and night clubs.

Medical professionals are warning this could just be the beginning of a post-holiday COVID spike.

“We are seeing maybe a slight increase over the last few days, kind of in general, for our total census of covid patients, but we expect to see a little bit more of a rise in the next few days to next week or two, especially with all of the holiday get-togethers,” said Dr. Phillip Adams, at Deaconess Midtown.

With numbers still high from Thanksgiving, combined with Christmas family gatherings and New Year's celebrations, medical professionals are concerned we may see our biggest spike yet.

“Christmas becomes an even bigger get together for most families, so with Christmas and New Years, that’s certainly a concern that we are going to see a significant rise over the next few days to next couple of weeks," said Adams. "We’ll see. That’s certainly one of our biggest fears.”

But one thing doctors are taking solace in is the vaccine and its ability to protect those most vulnerable, residents in nursing homes and long-term care facilities that have received the vaccine, but outside of nursing homes, Adams doesn’t expect the vaccine to help much.

“That I think will have some effect. It won’t slow down a lot of the community spread, which is what we worry about with the holiday get-togethers."

And the Vanderburgh County Health Department told me they don’t expect to see this latest spike slow down until the vaccine is able to be administered to the general public.

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Our snowy, slick start to the day gave way to a gloomy, gray and chilly afternoon throughout the Tri-State. After only reaching temperatures in the mid 30s early in the day, we will see temperatures gradually tumble back down into the upper 20s by 10 o’clock. Despite the gradual clearing conditions overnight (which would normally lead too a much colder morning), the mercury is expected to remain relatively stable into early Tuesday morning. The return of a southerly wind flow overnight will help keep the temperatures milder as we head towards daybreak.
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