Pike County Now in "Red" on Indiana's COVID-19 Risk Map

Pike County is now listed as the only county in the "red" on the state's Coronavirus dashboard. This puts the community at the state's highest risk level.

Posted: Oct 7, 2020 10:19 PM

While Indiana added more than 1,200 new COVID-19 cases Wednesday, Pike County is now listed as the only county in the "red" on the state's Coronavirus dashboard. This puts the community at the state's highest risk level.

In total the county has seen 246 cases since March.

Though that does not seem like a high number, with such a small population, the county's 7-day positivity rate is now greater than 15%.

"Right now I'm just following what the health department says and that's what we're going to keep doing and you know hopefully the good Lord will look after us and we get through it all," Petersburg restaurant owner John Hess said.

The rise is most likely tied to an outbreak at the Amber Manor Nursing Home, where 43 of its 56 residents are currently battling the virus.

According to Trilogy Health Services' COVID-19 dashboard, 33 of 96 staff also have active cases.

Despite these numbers, Ethan Gorby at Cakes and Coffee Cafe isn't concerned.

"I thought it was a little overestimated with everything since it's all going on in the nursing home," he said. "Not really any students have it and they're just quarantining a bunch of us so it hasn't really changed much for me."

For Hess, whose restaurant sits just across the street from the facility, the surge in numbers is making him worry.

"I think about it every day, I have a lot of family and friends, family that works there, friend's that are in there -- so hoping they're all going to be alright," he said.

And business has already been effected.

"When that number stated rising again we saw that carryout number really jump back and come up big," Hess said. "So if it's not stopping people from coming out they're definitely going to be careful."

With the state's last stage of Governor Holcomb's "Back on Track" plan set to expire October 17, there's no word yet whether restrictions will be reinforced.

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