September Sees Record COVID-19 Case Count

As our largest Tri-State county, it is no surprise that Vanderburgh is leading the case count, but health officials say September has brought record reports that are hard to ignore.

Posted: Sep 22, 2020 6:31 PM
Updated: Sep 22, 2020 7:24 PM

As our largest Tri-State county, it is no surprise that Vanderburgh is leading the case count, but health officials say September has brought record reports that are hard to ignore.

"We're looking at maybe the after effects of Labor Day," says Joe Gries, Vanderburgh County Health Department.

COVID-19 hitting several counties hard, specifically Vanderburgh County where there are growing case rates.

Just in the last week, more than 350 cases added to the list.

On Tuesday, the county added 62 cases, and on Sunday 70.

"This is a pretty significant up-tick, but we hope people will get back to protecting themselves and we see some numbers drop like we did the earlier part of the month," says Gries.

Gries says many of the recent spike in cases could be linked to the recent holidays.

Locally, people 20 to 39, along with school-age children are reporting the most cases of COVID-19.

For David Hodge of Siciliano Subs on Franklin Street, he's trying to continue business as usual even amid the recent spike of cases.

"It's been weird in a sense of supply lines and people being scared to come out," says David Hodge, Siciliano Subs co-owner. "I mean it does concern me. People, I don't know if they are taking it seriously any longer. All of our customers are really respectful about social distancing and wearing a mask."

At the shop, Hodge says they continue doing their part regardless to help slow the spread.

"We constantly sanitize anytime we have people sitting down," says Hodge. "They get up we sanitize them. Doorknobs, handles, any touchable surface gets cleaned."

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