Pike County in COVID-19 'Red' Status; 90 New Positive Cases in Vanderburgh County

As 90 new positive cases of COVID-19 and one new COVID-19 death were reported in Vanderburgh County on Wednesday, multiple surrounding counties entered into the state's COVID-19 'Orange' Status, with Pike County entering into 'Red' Status.

Posted: Oct 7, 2020 11:17 AM
Updated: Oct 7, 2020 11:54 AM

COVID-19 cases in Vanderburgh County continue to rise, with 90 new positive cases of the virus being reported in the county on Wednesday. 4,449 total Vanderburgh County residents have now tested positive for COVID-19 to date.

The Indiana State Department of Health's COVID-19 dashboard also showed one new COVID-19 death in Vanderburgh County on Wednesday, marking the 36th total COVID-19 death in the county so far. Just one day earlier on Tuesday, the county saw its COVID-19 death toll increase by three, from 32 to 35.

One new COVID-19 death was also reported in both Posey and Dubois counties on Wednesday, bringing the total number of Posey County residents known to have died from COVID-19 so far to three, and the total number of Dubois County residents known to have died from the virus to 20.

Statewide on Wednesday, there were 1,302 new positive cases of COVID-19 reported. That brought the total number of Indiana residents known to have tested positive for COVID-19 so far to 128,227.

The 17 new COVID-19 deaths that were reported on Wednesday also brought the states COVID-19 death toll to 3,500 even. 

County Metrics Map:

ISDH's county metrics map also reflected updated information as of Wednesday. Previously, Vanderburgh, Warrick, and Spencer counties had been in the state's COVID-19 'Orange' status.

As of Wednesday's update, southwest Indiana counties listed as Orange were Vanderburgh, Warrick, Spencer, Posey, Gibson, and Dubois. For a county to be in Orange status, it must either have a 7-day positivity rate between 10% and 14.9% or a number of weekly new cases of 100 to 199 per 100,000 residents.

Pike County became the only county throughout the state to enter into COVID-19 'Red' Status. A county in COVID-19 'Red' Status must have 200 or more weekly cases per 100,000 residents or a 7-day positivity rate of 15% or greater. Pike County currently shows a 7-day positivity rate of 15.83% and 653 weekly cases per 100,000 residents.

Pike County's Oct. 1 report of 45 new positive cases of COVID-19 likely contributed to the county's sudden shift from 'Yellow' Status to 'Red', as the report of 45 new cases, which was the county's highest increase in new positive cases to date by far, came one day after the county metrics map had been previously updated.

For more detailed information on the color-coded county metrics map, click here.

More information on COVID-19 in Indiana can be found on the ISDH dashboard, which is updated daily.

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