Vanderburgh Co. Health Dept. investigates increase in local COVID-19 cases

Vanderburgh Co. Health Dept. investigates increase in local COVID-19 cases

INDIANA (WFIE) - The Indiana State Department of Health has updated the coronavirus map.

It now shows 45,594 total confirmed positive cases and 2,448 deaths.

That’s up from Monday’s 45,228 total confirmed positive cases and 2,432 deaths.

[Indiana Coronavirus Website]

The Perry County Health Department says another long term care facility resident died Monday. That’s the county’s ninth COVID-19 related death.

Perry County is also reporting one new coronavirus case at the Oakwood Health facility. The county total is now 121.

The state map shows six new cases in Vanderburgh County, two new cases in Dubois County, two new cases in Warrick County, two new cases in Posey County, and five new cases in Gibson County.

Here are the coronavirus cases in our part of Indiana.

  • Vanderburgh Co. - 413 cases, 6 deaths
  • Dubois Co. - 260 cases, 6 deaths
  • Warrick Co. - 196 cases, 29 deaths
  • Perry Co. - 121 cases, 9 deaths
  • Posey Co. - 32 cases
  • Gibson Co. - 41 cases, 2 deaths
  • Spencer Co. - 30 cases, 1 death
  • Pike Co. - 6 cases

There have been three days in the last week where Vanderburgh County had more than 10 new cases in a single day. It hadn’t happened since May 17. The health department isn’t surprised but still wanted to look into who is testing positive and why.

There were 58 new cases last week in Vanderburgh County with 156 close contacts identified. It has raised some concerns for the health department.

“Folks who have been confirmed and some of the contacts, they’re telling us that they’re not wearing masks, or face coverings out in public and they’re not really social distancing,” said Administrator Joe Gries.

The health department’s investigation into these cases revealed that 64% of these new cases were people between 18 and 35-years-old, 16 of them had traveled out of state, several to hot spots in Florida.

“Think about others when you come back to the community, you know, we want to see in-person school, we want to see other events and other things happen,” said Deputy Mayor Steve Schaefer.

Gries doesn’t believe this new surge of cases is threatening the reopening of the local area but says it’s still possible. As testing has increased, he expected increased numbers, but still, the guidelines remain the same.

“That’s really the key here. We can do this with opening up businesses and all kinds of establishments. We just have to be cognizant of what we have to do to protect other people around us and ourselves,” said Gries.

CK Newsome Center testing site

Deputy Mayor Steve Schaeffer also says a new, free COVID-19 testing site will be opening at the CK Newsome Center beginning on Monday.

”It’s great news for the citizens of Evansville who aren’t able to travel to Princeton or one of the other sites,” Schaeffer said. “And we think it will be hopefully a good program and they’ll be able to do a ton of tests a day.”

The testing site will be open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

You can click here to register.

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