Dr. Box: 1.8M Hoosiers are fully vaccinated

Ind. reports new COVID deaths in Vanderburgh and Perry counties

Dr. Box: 1.8M Hoosiers are fully vaccinated

INDIANA (WFIE) - On Wednesday, the Indiana State Department of Health reported 1,272 new coronavirus cases and 19 more deaths.

This brings the total in the Hoosier state to 717,564 confirmed cases and 12,902 total deaths.

The map shows one of the new deaths is in Vanderburgh County and one is in Perry County.

The state map shows 10 new cases in Vanderburgh County, three new cases in Dubois County, four new cases in Warrick County, three new cases in Perry County, one new case in Posey County, three new cases in Gibson County, five new cases in Spencer County, and one new case in Pike County.

State Health Commissioner Dr. Kristina Box and Chief Medical Officer Dr. Lindsay Weaver gave a virtual update Wednesday afternoon.

They said Indiana is adopting the Center Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s updated guidelines for fully vaccinated people.

This includes being able to go mask-free when outside, expect when in large groups. Those who are fully vaccinated, and also asymptomatic, are also except from COVID-19 testing.

So far, Dr. Box says 1.8 million Hoosiers who are 16 and older are fully vaccinated. They say that’s about 33% of the Hoosier population.

State health officials say they are working with the CDC for updated school guidelines. They say they will be releasing those guidelines soon.

Dr. Box says COVID-19 variants are on the rise in the Hoosier State.

She says there are currently 823 cases of the UK variant in the state, 210 of the California variant, 37 of the Brazil variant and six of the South Africa variant.

You can watch Wednesday’s full briefing in the video below:

Also during the briefing, state leaders announced all vaccine clinics will now accept walk-in patients. Dr. Box says she hopes this will encourage people to roll up their sleeves when it is most convenient for them.

”When that individual makes the decision, comes to that point in their life when they’re ready to do it,” says Dr. Box, “that they don’t go to a site and get turned down and try to get scheduled the next day or later that same day, because we don’t know that we’ll get that next opportunity.”

Hoosiers 16 and older are eligible for COVID-19 vaccines.

To schedule one, visit https://ourshot.in.gov.

Those without a computer or cell phone can call 211.

Here are the coronavirus totals in our part of Indiana.

  • Vanderburgh Co. - 22,170 cases, 394 deaths
  • Dubois Co. - 6,120 cases, 117 deaths
  • Warrick Co. - 7,738 cases, 155 deaths
  • Perry Co. - 1,819 cases, 36 deaths
  • Posey Co. - 2,704 cases, 33 deaths
  • Gibson Co. - 4,319 cases, 89 deaths
  • Spencer Co. - 2,291 cases, 31 deaths
  • Pike Co. - 1,315 cases, 34 deaths

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