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Vanderburgh Co. Board of Health puts out ‘call to action’ to get vaccinated

Published: Sep. 13, 2021 at 12:11 PM CDT
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INDIANA (WFIE) - The Board members of the Vanderburgh County Health Department are calling on local governmental leaders, business leaders, and public to immediately act with them to help protect children, pregnant individuals, and all vulnerable individuals threatened by the rising numbers of COVID-19 infections in our community.

“Our hospitals are overrun and our essential healthcare workers are wearing thin and are exhausted,” Sandee Strader McMillen, the Vice-Chair of the Vanderburgh County Health Department said.

They say our regional hospitals and their essential staff are being overwhelmed with patients.

They released the following statistics.

● In Vanderburgh County, the lowest vaccination rates are in the younger age ranges:

12-15 years 2.8% 16-19 years 3.8% 20-24 years 5.4% 25-29 years. 5.5%

● Our local hospitalization numbers for COVID patients are the highest they have ever been.

● Out of 1,288 Hospital Admissions between August 1-August 22, 2021, 1,271 (98.6%) WERE NOT VACCINATED.

● Many young adults and children are testing positive and are being admitted to the hospital, some critically ill.

They ask everyone to join them to keep our children, pregnant women, and community safer by promoting that:

• Every eligible individual should be vaccinated

• All should mask responsibly, whether vaccinated or not, especially in schools and large gatherings

• Social distancing and hand washing should be practiced

“We can keep our children and community safer. They depend on us, and it is our responsibility to help protect them. The time is now,” said the release.

The Indiana State Department of Health reported 2,349 new cases and zero new deaths Monday.

That brings the pandemic total in the state to 910,013 cases and 14,391 deaths.

“We talk about pregnant moms and kiddos are the ones, kids most definitely aren’t eligible for the vaccine. So the adults in our community who are eligible to get fully vaccinated are helping to protect those who maybe cannot,” Strader McMillen said.

The state map shows 105 new cases in Vanderburgh County, 37 new cases in Warrick County, 14 new cases in Dubois County, 11 new cases in Posey County, eight new cases in Gibson County, six new cases in Perry County, two new cases in Pike County, and one new cases in Spencer County.

Any Hoosier 12 and older can schedule a COVID-19 vaccination appointment at any vaccine clinic at https://ourshot.in.gov.

Those without a computer or cell phone can call 211.

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

Here are the coronavirus totals in our part of Indiana.

  • Vanderburgh Co. - 29,401 cases, 425 deaths
  • Dubois Co. - 7,438 cases, 122 deaths
  • Warrick Co. - 10,325 cases, 173 deaths
  • Perry Co. - 2,420 cases, 48 deaths
  • Posey Co. - 3,488 cases, 38 deaths
  • Gibson Co. - 5,965 cases, 103 deaths
  • Spencer Co. - 3,080 cases, 33 deaths
  • Pike Co. - 1,963 cases, 36 deaths

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