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State remains in stage 4.5 amid COVID-19

State remains in stage 4.5 amid COVID-19 State remains in stage 4.5 amid COVID-19

Indiana remains in stage 4.5 of Gov. Eric Holcombā€™s Back on Track five-stage plan of re-opening the state amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

Stage 4.5 was recently extended again, this time through the end of September. As part of the plan, face coverings are to be worn in public places, social distancing of six feet is to be maintained and persons 65 and older, as well as those with high-risk medical conditions, should limit exposure at work and in their communities.

As of Aug. 31, there have been 94,891 positive cases of the virus, up from 88,421 the week prior, in Indiana after 1,442,887 tests have been administered. Thatā€™s an additional 431,906 tests since last week.

To date, 3,093 residents statewide have died from the virus, up from 3,023 a week earlier, with another 219 likely deaths from COVID-19, one more than the previous week.

In Harrison County, the number of deaths remains at 25, with another two likely from the virus.

There have been 5,959 tests administered, compared to 5,434 last week, to Harrison County residents with 485 positive cases, up 36 from the prior week.

Harrison County Hospital and the Harrison County Health Dept. have partnered to offer community-based COVID-19 testing. The free testing clinic, to be located in Corydon, is planned to open in early September. Details will be released as they are made available.

The clinic is made possible in part by a Testing Grant through the Indiana State Dept. of Health.