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Vanderburgh Co. reaches 500 COVID-related deaths; Several counties back in red

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Published: Dec. 8, 2021 at 1:10 PM CST
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INDIANA (WFIE) - On Wednesday, the Indiana State Department of Health reported 5,315 new COVID-19 cases and 80 new deaths.

The pandemic total in the state is now 1,140,151 cases and 17,310 deaths.

The state map shows two new deaths in Vanderburgh County, bringing the pandemic total to 500.

“It’s interesting that this comes the day after Pearl Harbor day; a day that will live in infamy,” Deaconess President Dr. James Porter said. “I think we’re in times now as a region, as a country, that in history we’re going to look back on and say it was really dark times.”

There were also two new deaths in Warrick County and one new death in both Pike and Gibson Counties.

“That’s a lot of people to die in our community, and it’s just a tiny snapshot of what’s happened around the country and around the world,” Porter said.

The map shows 131 new cases in Vanderburgh County, 67 new cases in Warrick County, 23 new cases in Dubois County, 35 new cases in Gibson County, 30 new cases in Posey County, 21 new cases in Pike County, 21 new cases in Spencer County, and 23 new cases in Perry County.

The map shows five of our eight Indiana counties are in red on the case metrics map. Those counties are Posey, Vanderburgh, Warrick, Spencer and Perry.

New data from NBC News show just six states account for more than half of all recent COVID-19 hospitalizations across the country.

Indiana is one of those states.

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“We had 44 inpatients who were COVID positive on November 12,” Dr. Porter said. “And Wednesday we have 92. So, we have more than doubled since the second week of November.”

Dr. Porter says those numbers are primarily fueled by people who are unvaccinated.

“Now, it is an epidemic of the unvaccinated and people who haven’t gotten that booster yet,” Dr. Porter said.

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.

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For Jordan Duncan with Boone Funeral Home, the effects of many of these deaths had to be seen firsthand.

“At the end of somebody’s life, we’re usually coming together,” Duncan said. “They’re usually being separated.”

Every one of these people had their own thoughts, desires and families.

“I lost both of my grandparents to COVID in the past year,” Duncan said. “So I’ve had to deal with that in my own family as well. I lost an uncle during this time as well.”

Duncan says every time another person comes through his doors, there are more people hurting.

“I hope and pray we don’t see the spikes we saw last year, because the pain we helped serve through, it was such a difficult time,” he said.

If Vanderburgh County wants to avoid another 500 deaths, Dr. Porter says vaccines, masks and social distancing are still the tickets out the pandemic.

Evansville funeral home reacts to Vanderburgh Co. surpassing 500 COVID deaths

Here are the coronavirus totals in our part of Indiana:

  • Vanderburgh Co. - 35,153 cases, 500 deaths
  • Dubois Co. - 8,939 cases, 142 deaths
  • Warrick Co. - 12,436 cases, 193 deaths
  • Perry Co. - 2,968 cases, 53 deaths
  • Posey Co. - 4,168 cases, 44 deaths
  • Gibson Co. - 7,238 cases, 119 deaths
  • Spencer Co. - 3,685 cases, 48 deaths
  • Pike Co. - 2,543 cases, 45 deaths

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