Ind. reports new COVD death in Perry Co.; 24 new cases in Vanderburgh Co.
State health officials give Friday COVID-19 update
INDIANA (WFIE) - State health officials held a media briefing to provide statewide updates on COVID-19.
We heard from State Health Commissioner Dr. Kristina Box and Chief Medical Officer Dr. Lindsay Weaver.
They gave information about the COVID-19 Delta variant and vaccination rates across the state.
As of Friday, more than 2.9 million Hoosiers are fully vaccinated. That accounts for 49% of the state’s population.
During Friday’s briefing, Dr. Box discussed outbreaks at four long-term care facilities across the state, including one in Gibson County.
She said across those four outbreaks, seven deaths have been reported.
Dr. Box encourages Hoosiers to stay vigilant as the Delta variant makes its way through the state.
“So my advice to families is this,” says Dr. Box. “Know your risks. If you are not vaccinated and if your child is not yet eligible to be vaccinated, wearing a mask when you are in congregate settings, like school or other areas, will help to provide protection. Keep washing your hands and do what you need to do to keep your family safe and sound.”
U.S. health officials say vaccinated teachers and students don’t need to wear masks inside school buildings.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced the new guidelines Friday.
The changes come after a growing national vaccination campaign in which children as young as 12 are eligible to get shots, as well as a general decline in recent months in COVID hospitalizations and deaths.
The guidance generally leaves it to local officials to figure out how to ensure the unvaccinated are using precautions, while letting those who are fully protected go mask-free.
The biggest questions will be at middle schools where some students are eligible for shots and others aren’t.
On Friday, the Indiana State Department of Health reported 400 new coronavirus cases and five new deaths
Indiana’s pandemic total is now 757,062 confirmed cases and 13,487 deaths.
One of Friday’s new deaths was in Perry County.
The map shows 24 new cases in Vanderburgh County, 12 new cases in Gibson County, four new cases in Warrick County, one new case in Spencer County, and zero new cases in Dubois, Perry, Posey, and Pike Counties.
Hoosiers ages 12 and older can get vaccinated. Walk-up clinics are available in most areas.
You can also schedule an appointment at https://ourshot.in.gov.
Those without a computer or cell phone can call 211.
“I think one of the barriers for people is that it is still under an emergency use authorization,” says Dr. Box. “ So if we can get the FDA to move to officially approve this and license this, then I think that will help us with some people.”
Here are the coronavirus totals in our part of Indiana, as of Thursday.
- Vanderburgh Co. - 22,793 cases, 402 deaths
- Dubois Co. - 6,232 cases, 118 deaths
- Warrick Co. - 7,914 cases, 157 deaths
- Perry Co. - 1,873 cases, 39 deaths
- Posey Co. - 2,765 cases, 35 deaths
- Gibson Co. - 4,516 cases, 96 deaths
- Spencer Co. - 2,348 cases, 31 deaths
- Pike Co. - 1,388 cases, 34 deaths
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