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Rise in COVID cases puts county at level ‘orange’

Rise in COVID cases puts county at level ‘orange’ Rise in COVID cases puts county at level ‘orange’

Harrison County was placed at the orange level last week, which indicates medium to high community spread of COVID-19, following a composite score of 2.0 due to the seven-day rolling average of positive tests of 5.33% (yellow) and 244 cases per 100,000 (red), according to the county health department.

The state’s color-coded map is updated each Wednesday at noon and can be found at https://www.coronavirus.in.gov/2393.htm.

Residents are reminded of “weapons” they have to help prevent COVID-19, according to the Harrison County Health Dept. and the Indiana State Dept. of Health. These include the three V’s:

Vaccine — flu now, COVID soon.

Ventilation — gather outside or bring the outside in.

Vigilance — to smash COVID by social distancing, masking up, avoiding crowds, staying at home when sick  and hand washing.

Health officials said these weapons need to be used with vigilance until a vaccine is available.

In the past week, the number of positive COVID-19 cases in Harrison County rose from 913 to 1,012. An additional 490 tests have been performed on local residents, bringing the number of tests conducted to 9,736. The number of Harrison Countians who have died from the virus remains unchanged at 25, with an additional two clinical deaths, meaning the deceased likely had the virus at the time of their death but no test had been performed.

Statewide, the number of deaths increased from 4,199 to 4,481 with another 250 (up 10 from the previous) believed to from COVID.

An additional 274,310 tests were performed in the past week, bringing the total to 3,269,653, while the number of positive cases rose to 219,338, up 31,272 since the week prior.

Visit the ISDH website at in.gov/coronavirus for the most up-to-date information about COVID-19 in Indiana.

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