INDIANA (WFIE) - Governor Eric Holcomb and other state leaders gave a COVID-19 update Wednesday.
With funding from the CARES Act and the CDC, local health departments are opening 95 testing sites across the state by Oct. 1. The state reports 76 counties are participating and 35 sites are opening this week. Funding will provide for the testing sites for the next two years.
Click here to see which communities are participating.
The Indiana State Department of Health has received a letter from CDC Director Robert Redfield on preparing for a vaccine as early as November.
The state said it continues to communicate with the CDC on planning to administer those vaccinations. The state said there will be phases of vaccinations and an estimated 10 to 15 million doses of the vaccine would be available nationwide to begin with.
Indiana would receive a portion of those vaccines and a team of experts is working to ethically and medically look at who should receive the vaccine first.
The state would partner with health institutes to help with distribution of the vaccine. A plan for how the state will act will be finished in the coming weeks and submitted to the CDC.
The Indiana State Department of Health reported Wednesday 101,485 total positive COVID-19 cases and 3,173 deaths.
That’s up from Tuesday’s 100,780 total positive COVID-19 cases and 3,156 deaths.
The coronavirus map shows seven new COVID-19 cases in Vanderburgh County, three new cases in Warrick County, 10 new cases in Dubois County, six new cases in Posey County, four new cases in Gibson County, and one new case in Pike County.
Here are the coronavirus totals in our part of Indiana.
- Vanderburgh Co. - 2,813 cases, 23 deaths
- Dubois Co. - 887 cases, 17 deaths
- Warrick Co. - 877 cases, 31 deaths
- Perry Co. - 198 cases, 14 deaths
- Posey Co. - 242 cases
- Gibson Co. - 355 cases, 4 deaths
- Spencer Co. - 176 cases, 3 death
- Pike Co. - 114 cases, 1 death