Wednesday's update to the Indiana State Department of Health's COVID-19 map shows 203 new positive cases of COVID-19 in Vanderburgh County.
A higher number of new positive cases of the virus hasn't been reported in the county since back in January.
Wednesday’s spike in cases is significantly higher than previous months, where Vanderburgh County recorded 0 new positive cases on June 12th.
Now, doctors are attributing that rise in cases to the highly transmissible delta variant.
Dr. Heidi Dunniway, Regional Chief Medical Officer for Ascension St. Vincent Evansville, says, “This virus has done exactly what we expected it to do, in terms of mutating and starting to evade immunity that may have been developed. So far, the vaccines have shown to be very effective against it; but particularly against severe disease or death.”
With the majority of the Tri-State on the rise again, doctors are shifting their concern to the children.
“There’s concerns with kids in school. None of them are vaccinated if they’re under the age of 12, and actually, for teenagers, the vaccination rate is pretty low. We have to be masking. We have to get more people vaccinated. Those are the two things that are really critical for slowing the spread of this virus,” says Dr. Dunniway.
Positivity rates are on the rise in other parts of the Tri-State too with Warrick County seeing 75 new cases on Tuesday and Gibson County seeing 36.
To slow the spread and protect yourself against the delta variant, doctors are recommending wearing masks whether you are vaccinated or not.