INDIANA (WFIE) - Gov. Eric Holcomb gave a coronavirus update on Wednesday afternoon, announcing that Indiana will stay in Phase 4.5 for at least the next two weeks.
With Stage 4.5 being extended, this means gatherings and events with more than 250 attendees must submit a written plan to the local health department, outlining the steps being taken to alleviate against COVID-19.
This includes events like fairs, family reunions or outdoor concerts. The Governor says he’s leaving it up to local and county leaders whether or not masks are mandatory.
”We’re not looking at the one-size-fits-all approach right now,” Gov. Holcomb said. “I won’t rule it out long-term, but we’re looking county by county. We’re also looking at days ahead, providing access to metrics, that would help guide people to the decision in their local community. But we’re in a state where the numbers could be different county by county.”
The Governor also announced the state is still working on collecting nursing home cases and death information. Nearly 70% of long-term care centers had reported that information by the deadline, and the state is now working to collect the rest.
You can watch Gov. Holcomb’s full press conference in the live below.
The Indiana State Department of Health has released its Wednesday numbers.
The coronavirus map shows 700 new cases and 10 new deaths, bringing the total to 53,370 positive cases and 2,592 total deaths.
According to the state coronavirus map, Perry County has had another COVID-19 related death. They’ve now had 11 deaths.
The state map shows 33 new cases in Vanderburgh County, 21 new cases in Dubois County, seven new cases in Posey County, six new cases in Warrick County, five new cases in Gibson County, four new cases in Perry County, two new cases in Spencer County and one new case in Pike County.
Here are the coronavirus cases in our part of Indiana.
- Vanderburgh Co. - 905 cases, 6 deaths
- Dubois Co. - 365 cases, 7 deaths
- Warrick Co. - 285 cases, 29 deaths
- Perry Co. - 164 cases, 11 deaths
- Posey Co. - 68 cases
- Gibson Co. - 138 cases, 2 deaths
- Spencer Co. - 64 cases, 1 death
- Pike Co. - 16 cases
The Vanderburgh County Health Department announced Wednesday morning that the Resource and Awareness Task Force will be conducting a second neighborhood drive-up testing site on Thursday at 4100 Covert Avenue from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.
This is the location of the former Health South Rehab Hospital. Health department officials say the testing will take place in the facility’s parking lot.
Details for the testing site are listed below:
- Testing is for any and all Evansville/Vanderburgh County residents.
- No appointments will be required. Individuals will be tested on a first come first serve basis.
- There will be no restrictions on receiving a test, such as being symptomatic.
- Testing will be free of charge, but if individuals have insurance they will be asked to provide their insurance information for billing purposes.
- All those who come to receive a test will be asked to wear a facial covering until they are tested. If residents don’t have facial coverings they will be provided one.
- Individuals will be asked for basic personal information so results can be provided and follow up case management can occur if positive results are determined.
- Children under the age of 18 may also be tested with consent from a parent or guardian.
- Those who are unable to drive to the testing site can walk up to receive a test. These individuals will also be asked to wear a face-covering before they receive a test, and be provided a face covering if they do not have one.
A drive-thru testing site will be available in Warrick County starting this week. That will be at the Warrick County Fair Grounds in Boonville from July 16 to the 19. The testing will be done through the Indiana State Department of Health. Testing will run from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.