Vanderbugh County Sets Covid Record; 181 Cases Reported

On Friday, Vanderburgh County reported 181 new covid-19 cases, and 44News spoke with Mayor Lloyd Winnecke and the Vanderburgh County Health Department about this record setting day.

Posted: Nov 6, 2020 5:28 PM

Record breaking covid-19 numbers recorded in Vanderburgh County on Friday.

181 cases reported. Bringing Evansvilles seven day total to more than 550 positive cases.

This spike in numbers concerning Evansville mayor Lloyd Winnecke, but he suspects he knows the reason for the increase.

Mayor Lloyd Winnecke

“Halloween has something to do with it," said Winnecke. "We’ve traditionally seen spikes in cases, not only here but around the country, after holidays and after gatherings.”

And the Vanderburgh County Health Department says they’ve seen similar spikes in cases like this in the past, but record setting numbers happening as we approach the winter is cause for concern.

Joe Griess - Vanderburgh County Health Department Administrator

“When you’re outside, there’s less risk of spread," said Joe Griess, Vanderburgh County Health Department administrator. "Plus, you have wider areas to spread out. When you’re inside, there’s not as good of ventilation, and so the virus can spread to people a little bit easier, a little bit higher risk. We don’t want to overrun the hospitals.”

This now the seconds time since Monday that Vanderburgh County has records triple digit single day case numbers, but as of right now, Winnecke doesn’t plan to increase restrictions in the river city.

“Were not ready to announce any further restrictions at this time," said Winnecke. "Could there be some in the future? Perhaps. I don’t know what those are right now, but again, I can’t overemphasize the importance of people taking individual responsibility and not relying on government to do it for them.”

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The combination of sunshine and southerly winds will make for another abnormally mild day throughout the Ohio Valley - expect an afternoon high temperature near 69° this afternoon. Friday evening looks as though it will be just as pleasant; after seeing the upper 60s earlier in the day, we'll dip to 60° by 5 PM before falling towards 54° around 7 o’clock. We are however, watching a passing low pressure system and accompanying cold front that is expected to pass through the Tri-State late Friday evening and early Saturday morning.
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