Indiana hopes to lower vaccine age next week

Pike Co. now in blue for COVID case rates; 1 new death in Warrick Co.
Indiana hopes to lower vaccine age next week
Published: Feb. 17, 2021 at 7:09 PM CST
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INDIANA (WFIE) - Governor Eric Holcomb gave a briefing Wednesday.

More than 834,000 Hoosiers have had at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccine, and 356,000 have received both doses.

Because of the winter weather, 43,000 vaccine appointments had to be postponed this week.

The state also reported delays in vaccine and said the Moderna vaccine shipment for the week has not yet been received.

Vaccination rates:

  • Age 80 and older: 57 percent
  • Age 70 and older: 65 percent
  • Age 65 to 69: 56 percent
  • Health care workers and first responders: 68 percent

State leaders say they don’t have enough vaccine yet to expand to those 60 and older. They hope to make that change next week. Right now, Hoosiers 65 and older are eligible.

Indiana has received more than 1.3 million doses of vaccine.

They say about 172 doses have been unable to be administered due to broken vials, broken syringes, or being unaccounted for.

Leaders also said Indiana has received $48 million in emergency rental assistance and utility/home energy assistance funding through the new COVID-19 Relief Bill.

Wednesday, the Indiana State Department of Health reported 933 new coronavirus cases and 20 more deaths.

That brings the total in the state to 651,453 confirmed positive cases and 11,825 total deaths.

The state map shows that none of our counties are in red for the two metric score or for the advisory level.

For the two metric score, Pike County is now in blue. The positivity rate there is now just .5 percent. This is the first time one of our counties has been blue for months.

The map shows one new death in Warrick County.

It shows 13 new cases in Vanderburgh County, four new cases in Dubois County, 17 new cases in Warrick County, one new case in Perry County, five new cases cases in Posey County, one new case in Gibson County, zero new cases in Spencer County, and zero new cases in Pike County.

[You can see more statistics and testing site locations on the Indiana coronavirus website]

Here are the coronavirus totals in our part of Indiana.

  • Vanderburgh Co. - 20,957 cases, 368 deaths
  • Dubois Co. - 5,839 cases, 106 deaths
  • Warrick Co. - 7,309 cases, 141 deaths
  • Perry Co. - 1,711 cases, 35 deaths
  • Posey Co. - 2,571 cases, 31 deaths
  • Gibson Co. - 3,979 cases, 81 deaths
  • Spencer Co. - 2,135 cases, 28 deaths
  • Pike Co. - 1,262 cases, 30 deaths

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