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Ind. reports 78 new COVID-19 deaths, including 2 in Gibson and 1 in Posey

Published: Oct. 14, 2021 at 12:37 PM CDT
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INDIANA (WFIE) - On Thursday, the Indiana State Department of Health reported 2,644 new COVID-19 cases and 78 new deaths.

The pandemic total in the state is now 994,079 cases and 15,694 deaths.

The map shows two new deaths in Gibson County and one new death in Posey County.

It shows 76 new cases in Vanderburgh County, 25 new cases in Warrick County, 21 new cases in Gibson County, 15 new cases in Dubois County, six new cases in Perry, Pike, and Spencer Counties, and five new cases in Posey County.

Vanderburgh County Health Department Administrator Joe Gries says the county’s number of new cases per day is trending downward, despite reporting 189 cases Wednesday.

Gries says that high number was due to the long holiday weekend delaying the state’s reporting.

“We hope people are protecting themselves,” says Gries, “doing everything they can to make sure they are staying safe.”

Vanderburgh County officials also say the county’s positivity rate is declining.

Gries says with the Delta variant still present in the community, the health department is putting an emphasis on testing and vaccinations to help slow the spread.

“We are also in that allergy season,” says Gries. “There are colds going around. Flu season is starting. So, anytime you have those types of symptoms, they are all the same – headache, fever, runny nose, cough, and those kinds of things. It is a good idea to go get tested for COVID.”

Gries says as of Thursday, the county’s vaccination rate was right around 60% of the eligible population.

“Go get that vaccination,” says Gries. “It is going to keep you out of the hospital. It is going to keep you off a ventilator, and probably keep you, if you have other health conditions, keep you from dying.”

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. - 31,922 cases, 473 deaths
  • Dubois Co. - 8,194 cases, 129 deaths
  • Warrick Co. - 11,205 cases, 188 deaths
  • Perry Co. - 2,635 cases, 52 deaths
  • Posey Co. - 3,736 cases, 43 deaths
  • Gibson Co. - 6,468 cases, 113 deaths
  • Spencer Co. - 3,358 cases, 42 deaths
  • Pike Co. - 2,271 cases, 43 deaths

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