Ind. reports over 6,000 new COVID-19 cases, 63 deaths
INDIANA (WFIE) - On Wednesday, the Indiana State Department of Health reported 6,164 new COVID-19 cases and 63 new deaths.
The pandemic total in the state is now 1,107,189 cases and 17,033 deaths.
The state map shows one new death in Vanderburgh County.
It shows 141 new cases in Vanderburgh County, 62 new cases in Warrick County, 27 new cases in Dubois County, 27 new cases in Gibson County, 20 new cases in Perry County, 19 new cases in Spencer County, 14 new cases in Posey County, and five new cases in Pike County.
This comes as the first known case of the COVID-19 Omicron variant was reported in California, according to the CDC.
It’s the fifth named coronavirus variant, according the World Health Organization.
Dr. David Schultz with Evansville Primary Care says we need to have what he calls, “reserved concern.”
“This would be the equivalent of a tornado watch or a hurricane watch,” says Dr. Schultz. “We are going to prepare. We are going to be ready, but we are not necessarily going to panic.”
He says, unfortunately, finding more variants of the coronavirus is a normal process.
“In other words, it’s normal for viruses to mutate the longer they are hanging around,” says Dr. Schultz.
Right now, Dr. Schultz says what we don’t know about the variant far outweighs what we do know.
“It may take two to three weeks, maybe even longer,” says Dr. Schultz, “before we find out how effective the current vaccines are, how effective a body’s immunity is against this, and how contagious this is to the unimmunized group.”
In the meantime, he says the best thing we can do to protect ourselves is to get vaccinated, or in some cases, get a booster shot.
That’s because Dr. Schultz says the biggest concern with this variant is for those who are not immunized.
“If you’ve not had the vaccination,” says Dr. Schultz, “it is absolutely not too late.”
Schultz says to remember the basics when it comes to protecting yourself - avoid large crowds, wash you hands frequently, and get tested if you have symptoms.
As a reminder, any Hoosier five and older can schedule a COVID-19 vaccination appointment 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. - 34,458 cases, 496 deaths
- Dubois Co. - 8,778 cases, 139 deaths
- Warrick Co. - 12,113 cases, 190 deaths
- Perry Co. - 2,871 cases, 53 deaths
- Posey Co. - 4,054 cases, 44 deaths
- Gibson Co. - 7,045 cases, 118 deaths
- Spencer Co. - 3,592 cases, 47 deaths
- Pike Co. - 2,455 cases, 44 deaths
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