Gov. Holcomb announces new steps to slow COVID-19 spread in long-term care facilities

4 more local Hoosiers die of COVID-19; 79 new cases in Vanderburgh Co.

Gov. Holcomb announces new steps to slow COVID-19 spread in long-term care facilities

INDIANA (WFIE) - Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb announced a plan to help with outbreaks at long-term care facilities across the state on Wednesday. He says they will also send more PPE, such as hundreds of thousands of gowns and face shields, plus two million N-95 masks to staff members.

“They have been running a marathon at a sprint pace for 8-months and the human body simply isn’t designed to sustain such a pace," Indiana Chief Medical Officer Lindsay Weaver shared.

Health officials say there has been 2,205 long-term care deaths since the start of the coronavirus pandemic in Indiana. That makes up 58% of the COVID-19 deaths in the state.

“What happens in the community, that ends up in the facility, ends up in a hospital," Gov. Holcomb explained. "So, it’s all the same stream. It’s either upstream or downstream no matter where you are.”

Health officials announce five steps they will be taking in long-term care facilities.

  • Send Indiana National Guard to long-term care facilities to help in key areas such as testing, employee screening and data entry.
  • Volunteer as a member of IN healthcare reserve workforce
  • Hire clinical staff for the healthcare reserve workforce. They will be trained on best practices and infection control
  • Require CMS infection control education to staff members

Gov. Holcomb shares his end goal is to slow the spread of COVID-19 in these facilities along with easing the mind of staff, residents and family members.

You can watch it live below.

The Indiana State Department of Health reports Wednesday 1,766 new COVID-19 cases and 15 new COVID-19 related deaths.

This brings the total in the state to 152,396 coronavirus cases and 3,790 total deaths.

According to the state map, there are two new COVID-19 related deaths in Pike County, one new death in Dubois County, and a new death in Warrick County.

The state map shows there are 79 new cases in Vanderburgh County, 16 new cases in Warrick County, 19 new cases in Dubois County, 15 new cases in Gibson County, 10 new cases in Posey County, nine new cases in Pike County, six new cases in Perry County and two new cases in Spencer County.

The state map also shows that Posey County is our only local Indiana county that’s in the red. To be in the red, the county must have a seven-day positivity rate of 15 percent or greater. According to the state, Posey County has a 15.27 percent seven-day positivity rate.

Here are the coronavirus totals in our part of Indiana.

  • Vanderburgh Co. - 5,675 cases, 60 deaths
  • Dubois Co. - 1,367 cases, 26 deaths
  • Warrick Co. - 1,900 cases, 65 deaths
  • Perry Co. - 297 cases, 14 deaths
  • Posey Co. - 689 cases, 6 deaths
  • Gibson Co. - 849 cases, 11 deaths
  • Spencer Co. - 374 cases, 6 deaths
  • Pike Co. - 329 cases, 15 deaths

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