An update to the Indiana State Department of Health's COVID-19 County Metrics Map shows nearly all southwest Indiana counties in the Red Zone.
Vanderburgh County entered into the Red for the first time on Wednesday, after being one of the only counties to remain Orange thus far despite all surrounding counties dipping in and out of the state's most severe COVID-19 status.
Counties that entered into the Red Zone on Wednesday were Vanderburgh, Warrick, and Daviess counties. Counties that were previously Red and remained Red were Posey, Gibson, Dubois, and Spencer counties. Only two southwest Hoosier counties remain in the Orange: Knox and Perry counties.
Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb's latest Executive Order on gathering sizes and restrictions, which was recently extended until at least Jan. 24 at 11:59 p.m., increases restrictions based on each county's current color.
Indiana counties in the state's Red Zone have a limit of 25 people allowed at gatherings and events, with no exceptions allowed to be granted by local health departments.
Restrictions in Orange counties are slightly laxer, with gathering and event sizes capped at 50 individuals.
With the extension of his order on gatherings and events in the Hoosier State, Gov. Holcomb also extended the state's Public Health Emergency until at least Jan. 30.
Indiana COVID-19 Numbers Update
Wednesday's update from ISDH also told of thousands of new positive COVID-19 cases throughout the state, in addition to dozens of new COVID-19 deaths.
According to ISDH, 6,214 more Indiana residents have tested positive for COVID-19, making 539,229 total Hoosiers known to have contracted COVID-19 to date.
With another 80 new COVID-19 deaths also reported Wednesday, 8,371 total Indiana residents are now known to have died from COVID-19 according to ISDH.
Local COVID-19 Increases:
- Vanderburgh County: 238 new cases (16,711 total), 1 new death (207 total)
- Warrick County: 107 new cases (5,660 total)
- Gibson County: 53 new cases (3,208 total)
- Posey County: 34 new cases (2,062 total)
- Pike County: 16 new cases (1,005 total)
- Perry County: 7 new cases (1,268 total)
- Knox County: 34 new cases (3,030 total)
- Daviess County: 12 new cases (2,375 total)
- Dubois County: 55 new cases (4,951 total)
- Spencer County: 21 new cases (1,612 total)
For more information on COVID-19 in Indiana, you can visit coronavirus.in.gov/2393.htm.