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Harrison’s COVID metrics move into red zone

Harrison’s COVID metrics move into red zone Harrison’s COVID metrics move into red zone

Harrison County moved into the red zone of the Indiana Dept. of Health’s COVID-19 color-coded county map as of Wednesday morning, Jan. 6. The map measures weekly cases per 100,000 residents and the seven-day positivity rate for all tests completed. Each county is assigned a color based on the average of scores for the two metrics, with them increasing in severity from blue to yellow to orange to red.

Harrison County has a point score of 3.0, which signifies a high positivity rate and community spread. Currently, the county’s 7-day positivity rate is 19.49%, and there are 651 weekly positive cases per 100,000 residents.

Under the red zone requirements, which will remain in effect until the metric has returned to orange or lower for two weeks, businesses and residents of the county will see changes in the following:

• Limit social gatherings of any kind, indoor or outdoor, to 25 people.

• Those in vulnerable populations should remain isolated.

• All business capacity must adhere to strict social-distancing guidelines; curbside pickup is preferred.

• Community recreational sports leagues and tournaments may continue with participants, required personnel and parents/guardians and their minor children only.

• Senior center activities are suspended.

• Hospitals, long-term care facilities and other congregate settings may impose visitation limits.

• People are encouraged to reduce the number of people in common areas and break rooms at one time.

• K-12 extracurricular activities may continue, but attendance is limited to participants, support personnel and parent/guardians plus their minor children. All students and attendees must be social distanced and wear face coverings.