The number of Hoosier counties now able to be "100% open" continued to grow on Wednesday with the Indiana State Department of Health's weekly update to its COVID-19 County Metrics Map.
ISDH said Wednesday that Warrick County's COVID-19 metrics had improved enough to allow the county to enter the state's Blue Advisory Level.
Counties in the Blue Advisory Level on the state's COVID-19 County Metrics Map have the ability to hold gatherings and events at 100% capacity, though for now, general requirements for masks and social distancing remain in place regardless of a county's Advisory Level on the metrics map.
With the state health department's one week earlier on March 17 update came the improvement of Posey and Dubois counties to the Blue Advisory Level.
Those counties joined Vanderburgh County in the Blue Advisory Level after it improved to that level one before that on March 10.
Here are the current Advisory Levels compared to the Advisory Levels as of March 17:
Currently, the only counties to remain in the Yellow Advisory Level in our area are Gibson and Spencer counties.
The current Executive Order on county-based restrictions remains in effect until at least 11:59 p.m. on Wednesday, March 31, unless extended again by the governor.
Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb said Tuesday that as of April 6, all decisions on venue capacity would be in the hands of local officials. Additionally, customers in restaurants, bars and nightclubs will no longer be required to be seated, though six feet of spacing between tables and seating will still be recommended.
As for masks, the statewide mask mandate will become a mask advisory on April 6, allowing local governments and businesses to decide their own mask rules. K-12 schools, however, will continue under current mask requirements through the remainder of the 2021 school year.
Indiana COVID-19 Numbers:
The Indiana State Department of Health said Wednesday that 976 new positive cases of COVID-19 had been identified throughout the state. 680,046 total Indiana residents have now tested positive for COVID-19 to date, according to ISDH.
With another 15 new COVID-19 deaths identified statewide on Wednesday, ISDH said 12,568 total Hoosiers had died from COVID-19 since the pandemic began.
Local COVID-19 Increases Reported Wednesday:
ISDH said Wednesday that new local COVID-19 deaths had occurred in Vanderburgh and Dubois counties, alongside a number of new positive cases throughout the southwest portion of the Hoosier State.
- Vanderburgh County: 31 new cases, 1 new death
- Dubois County: 8 new cases, 1 new death
- Gibson County: 7 new cases
- Warrick County: 3 new cases
- Posey County: 2 new cases
- Perry County: 2 new cases
- Pike County: 1 new case
- Spencer County: 0 new cases
- Knox County: 0 new cases
- Daviess County: 0 new cases
For more information on COVID-19 in Indiana, visit the ISDH dashboard.