The Indiana State Department of Health is reporting Vanderburgh County's highest one-day increase of new positive COVID-19 cases to date.
Health officials confirmed Thursday that 318 new positive cases of COVID-19 had been identified within residents of the county, breaking the county's previous one-day record of 265.
Another county reporting a record-breaking number of new positive cases was Warrick County, where 96 new positive cases of the virus were confirmed on Thursday, passing the county's previous record of 95 by one positive case.
As of Wednesday, Posey, Gibson, Pike, Dubois, and Spencer counties were all in the state's COVID-19 Red Zone, tightening restrictions on gathering and event sizes in those counties as required by Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb's latest Executive Order.
Gov. Holcomb announced Wednesday the extension of that Executive Order, meaning the increased restrictions on gatherings based on each county's color will last until at least Jan. 24.
Those counties will remain in Red status through the new year, with ISDH's next update to its County Metrics Map scheduled for Wednesday, Jan. 6.
Statewide COVID-19 Update:
ISDH said Thursday that 6,543 new positive cases of COVID-19 had been confirmed statewide. That brought the number of Indiana residents known to have contracted COVID-19 to date to 511,485 total.
Another 99 new COVID-19 deaths were also reported by ISDH Thursday. So far, the state health department says 7,911 total Hoosiers have died from the virus.
More information on COVID-19 from ISDH can be viewed on www.coronavirus.in.gov.