Statewide testing surpasses 5 million
The number of COVID-19 tests performed in Indiana surpassed five million during the past week, bringing the total to 5,000,278, up 343,451 since the previous week.
In Harrison County, the number of tests done reached 13,390, an increase of 649 since last week.
According to the Indiana State Dept. of Health’s COVID dashboard, Harrison County had 2,110 persons test positive for the coronavirus, up 227 since last week. Statewide, the number of positive cases stood at 434,642, an increase of 41,979 since a week earlier.
The Harrison County Health Dept. reported an additional death since last week, a 44-year-old female with underlying health conditions. That brings the number of confirmed deaths of county residents to 31 with an additional two deaths likely to have been due to COVID.
A total of 6,657 Hoosiers have reportedly died from the virus, according to the ISDH, an increase of 548 since last week. Another 311 residents, up 10, are believed to have died from COVD-19.
Local health officials remind everyone to continue with the precautions set in place to prevent the spread of COVID-19: wear face coverings while in public place, maintain a distance of at least six feet from others, avoid large gatherings and follow proper hand hygiene. Persons 65 and older and those with known high-risk medical conditions should limit exposure at work and in their communities.
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 having the virus.
The Harrison County Health Dept. will provide updates as new information becomes available. Starting today (Wednesday), the local health department will provide weekly updates to the county’s board of commissioners.
As of yesterday, Harrison County remained in the orange cagetory, the next to the highest, based on metrics established by the state health department.
Visit the ISDH website at in.gov/coronavirus for the most up-to-date information about COVID-19 in Indiana.