Uptick in Covid-19 Cases Before Easter

Even with the doors being opened up even wider for Hoosiers to get vaccinated, Covid-19 cases are rising slightly over the past week.

Posted: Apr 1, 2021 8:33 PM

With more people letting their guard down -- Covid-19 cases are starting to creep up again.

Health officials say the three percent increase in positivity is most likely from spring break travel. But you can still host that egg hunt or have family over for Easter Dinner -- just ideally in small numbers.

And health leaders still want people to be able to celebrate -- as long as they are careful.

"A traditional Easter meal with people that you live with is certainly safe," said Philip Adams, medical director at Deaconess Midtown. "If you are around other family members who are not vaccinated -- you can do that without a mask according to the CDC."

As for those egg hunts -- they don’t necessarily have to be a drive thru like last year.

But the CDC says they should be outside, limited in size, with everyone wearing a mask and staying six feet apart."

Many worry that Easter will be a super spreader event.

But they fear what is coming after that -- even more -- when the mask mandate becomes an advisory on April 6th.

"Even when I get my second vaccine," said 20-year-old Evansville resident Snow Mathews. "I am going to regulate myself on only being around other vaccinated folks."

Now that advisory could turn back into a mandate if things take a turn for the worse -- but for now -- doctors are staying hopeful --even with the slight jump in cases.

"It is something we were expecting to some degree -- there would be some uptick," Dr. Adams said. "As we get more and more people vaccinated -- we hope that number continues to trend more downward than it does in this upward direction we're seeing temporarily."

And health officials say it is best to host those Easter Sunday Services virtually.

But if they are in person -- to still mask up and socially distance as best as possible.

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