On Wednesday, Posey County shifted from Orange to Red on Indiana's COVID-19 county metrics map.
The Indiana State Department of Health determines a county's color, ranging from Blue (less severe) to Red (most severe) based on two key factors:
- Weekly Cases Per 100,000 Residents
■ Less Than 10 new cases(0)
■ 10 to 99 new cases(1)
■ 100 to 199 new cases(2)
■ 200 or more(3)
- 7-Day All Tests Positivity Rate
■ Less than 5% (0)
■ 5% to 9.9% (1)
■ 10% to 14.9% (2)
■ 15% or greater (3)
A designated "score" (seen in parentheses above) is then set for each factor - i.e. a 15% or greater positive rate yields a score of 3, a 10% to 14.9% yields a score of 2, and so on.
A county's Weekly Score is then determined by taking both scores from Weekly Cases Per 100,000 Residents and 7-Day All Tests Positivity Rate and averaging those numbers together.
Currently, Posey County has a 7-day all tests positivity rate of 15.7% (3) and 338 new cases weekly per 100,000 residents (3), giving it a Weekly Score of 3, which puts it into the Red.
One day earlier on Tuesday, Posey County Commissioners passed a new Executive Order increasing restrictions on gathering sizes on certain events within certain areas of the county.
The majority of other local counties within southwest Indiana remain in the Orange for now, with Dubois County recently entering the status due to what local health officials referred to as "negligence."
Now, only eight of the Hoosier State's 92 counties are classified as "Blue", the least severe COVID-19 classification, by the state health department.
ISDH reported several new COVID-19 deaths locally on Wednesday. In Warrick County, one new COVID-19 death was reported, bringing the total number of COVID-19 deaths there to 65.
Pike County reported two new COVID-19 deaths. So far, 15 Pike County residents have now died from COVID-19, according to ISDH.
One new COVID-19 death was also listed in Dubois County, where ISDH says 26 total residents have now died from the virus.
While no new COVID-19 deaths were reported in Vanderburgh County on Wednesday, a record-high number of 10 new COVID-19 deaths was reported in the county on Tuesday.
Statewide COVID-19 Update
Throughout Indiana on Wednesday, 1,766 new positive cases of COVID-19 were reported by the Indiana State Department of Health. So far, 152,396 total Hoosiers have now tested positive for COVID-19.
Those positive tests reported by the state health department are from 9,385 new individuals tested. So far, 1,581,109 total Indiana residents have been tested for the virus.
With 15 new COVID-19 deaths reported on Wednesday by ISDH, 3,790 total Hoosiers have now died from the virus to date.
The state's most recent COVID-19 hospitalization data shows that 1,484 total Indiana residents are currently hospitalized due to the virus.
For more information on COVID-19 in Indiana, you can visit the state health department's dashboard, which is updated daily.