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Indiana sees drop in COVID cases for 3 straight weeks, health officials say

Published: Sep. 29, 2021 at 9:13 AM CDT|Updated: Sep. 29, 2021 at 9:30 AM CDT
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INDIANA (WFIE) - On Wednesday, the Indiana State Department of Health reported 2,888 new COVID-19 cases and 65 new deaths.

The pandemic total in the state is now 959,409 cases and 15,132 deaths.

The state map shows six new deaths in Vanderburgh County.

It shows 92 new cases in Vanderburgh County, 25 new cases in Dubois County, 23 new cases in Warrick County, six new cases in Spencer County, 22 new cases in Gibson County, 21 new cases in Pike County, eight new cases in Perry County, and one new case in Posey County.

Officials with the Indiana State Department of Health gave a COVID-19 update Wednesday morning.

You can watch that full update below.

During the update, State Health Commissioner Dr. Kristina Box said the state has seen a drop in new positive cases for three consecutive weeks.

She also mentioned the state’s positivity rate fell below 10% for the first time in weeks.

Dr. Box credits the new school mask incentive, saying since it launched, schools throughout the state have seen a decrease in close contacts, quarantines and positive cases.

State leaders say despite the promising numbers, hospitals continue to struggle with the number of patients, especially with hospitals now allowing other non-COVID inpatient care.

“Our total hospital census in 2021 has been higher than any point in 2020,” said Dr. Box, “and is currently higher than any point in 2019.”

To help with the stress on hospitals staff, members of the Indiana National Guard have been deployed to certain hospitals throughout the state, including Deaconess Hospital in Evansville, in order to help ease staff members’ workload.

Dr. Box said more than 95% of COVID patients are not vaccinated.

“Our ICU admissions also remain concentrated in those who are unvaccinated,” said Dr. Box. “Out of 315 that were in the ICU as of September 5, only nine were fully vaccinated against COVID-19.”

She also urged pregnant women to get the vaccine, saying the vaccine is safe for them. She said COVID during pregnancy can cause poor outcomes like stillbirth and preterm birth.

Dr. Box stressed that there are no evidence-based studies that the vaccine decreased fertility in a man or a woman.

They also talked about why the state’s daily COVID dashboard update has been delayed, citing stress on the data system.

However, Dr. Box says their team will continue to work to try to update the dashboard by 4 p.m. CST each day.

Chief Medical Officer Dr. Lindsay Weaver discussed the Pfizer booster shot.

You can find more information on the booster shot here.

Dr. Weaver said the state currently has an ample supply of Pfizer booster doses for those who are eligible in the state.

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.

Here are the coronavirus totals in our part of Indiana.

  • Vanderburgh Co. - 30,804 cases, 453 deaths
  • Dubois Co. - 7,870 cases, 125 deaths
  • Warrick Co. - 10,819 cases, 179 deaths
  • Perry Co. - 2,568 cases, 53 deaths
  • Posey Co. - 3,646 cases, 41 deaths
  • Gibson Co. - 6,241 cases, 107 deaths
  • Spencer Co. - 3,239 cases, 37 deaths
  • Pike Co. - 2,146 cases, 41 deaths

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