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Indiana public health emergency declaration renewed for ninth time

Indiana public health emergency declaration renewed for ninth time Indiana public health emergency declaration renewed for ninth time

Gov. Eric J. Holcomb yesterday (Tuesday) renewed the declaration of a public health disaster emergency for a ninth time.

The renewal of the COVID-19 public health emergency first declared on March 6 is now set to expire on Dec 31, unless it is renewed again.

In the past week, the number of positive cases of the coronavirus statewide increased by 37,835, bringing the total to 344,373. To date, 4,295,987 tests have been conducted for the virus, up an additional 319,304 since last week.

The number of deaths in Indiana attributed to COVID-19 stands at 5,598, up from 5,169 a week earlier, with no additional clinical deaths reported above the 266 reported last week. A clinical death is when someone is believed to have died from the virus but no test was conducted to confirm.

In Harrison County, the number of clinical deaths as well as confirmed deaths have remained steady at 2 and 25, respectively.

An additional 464 tests were done in the past week, bringing the total to 11,841.

The Harrison County Health Dept. reported Monday evening 1,603 positive cases of COVID-19, up from last week’s total of 1,418.

“We would like to remind everyone to please continue with the precautions set in place to prevent the spread of COVID-19,” said Carrie Herthel, county health administrator. “The preliminary results of the I.U. Fairbanks School of Public Health Study shows that approximately 40% of Hoosiers who tested positive for the virus were asymptomatic,” meaning they showed no symptoms of the virus.

“Face coverings are required while in public places, please continue following proper hand hygiene, avoid touching your face, maintain a six-foot distance from others and avoid large gatherings when possible,” Herthel said. “Hoosiers 65 and older and people with known high-risk medical conditions should limit exposure at work and in their communities.”

Harrison County remains designated as orange, with a weekly score of 2, the third highest level of the four categories based on the number of weekly cases per 100,000 and a seven-day positivity rate.

Of the state’s 92 counties, none is designated blue, the lowest category. Just one county, Rush, is in the yellow category, while 17 have a score that places them in the red category, the highest. The remaining 74 are in the orange designation.