Deaconess officials seeing rise in Covid cases following holiday weekend

6 new COVID deaths reported area Ind. counties
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Published: Dec. 28, 2021 at 1:55 PM CST
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INDIANA (WFIE) - On Tuesday, Indiana health officials reported 5,815 new COVID-19 cases and 170 new COVID-19 related deaths.

Deaconess Chief Medical Officer Dr. Brad Scheu says he expects the rise in cases to be the same level as previous surges, if not more.

“We can celebrate the holidays and move on with life but we can take action as to do it safely,” said Scheu about the case surge following the holiday weekend.

“We’ve seen a rise in numbers over the last couple weeks, and really day after day,” he said. “We would expect that the holidays would bring a rise in cases and in testing, especially with Omicron having more of a presence as well. That’s a variant that has been highly infectious.”

Scheu says there has also been a rise in pediatric COVID hospitalizations. They don’t test every positive case for Omicron, but health leaders say it’s spreading fast.

“I think the presumption would be that omicron is spreading rapidly, touching more patients, causing more cases and resulting in further admissions,” Scheu said.

Which is why it’s important to get tested coming out of holiday gatherings. Scheu says your best bet is to go in for a scheduled test at a hospital, pharmacy or urgent care.

“In our urgent cares and in our clinics is the PCR test which is in the 90th percentile, so very accurate and quick test, whereas those home tests that are harder to get ahold of are not as accurate,” he said.

Scheu says the best way to help, is what we’ve been hearing all along.

“If you haven’t been vaccinated, get vaccinated. If you haven’t received your booster, get your booster,” said Scheu. “We know by and large that this is the most important thing we can do to prevent COVID, prevent the next variant, prevent omicron.”

The pandemic total in the state is now 1,227,005 cases and 18,280 deaths.

The map shows two new deaths in Vanderburgh and Spencer Counties, and one new death in Warrick and Posey Counties. That’s a total of six new area deaths.

The map also shows 137 new cases in Vanderburgh County, 47 new cases in Warrick County, 44 new cases in Dubois County, 23 new cases in Perry County, 16 new cases in Gibson County, 14 new cases in Posey and Spencer Counties, and two new cases in Pike county.

These were just one day totals released Tuesday. Additional area deaths and cases over the Christmas holiday are reflected in the all time totals below.

Governor Eric Holcomb has planned a live coronavirus update for the first time in several weeks. It’s set for Wednesday at 1:30 p.m. Central.

He’ll be joined by State Health Commissioner, Doctor Kristina Box, and Chief Medical Officer, Doctor Lindsay Weaver.

As a reminder, any Hoosier five and older can schedule a COVID-19 vaccination appointment at

Those without a computer or cell phone can call 211.

Here are the coronavirus totals in our part of Indiana:

  • Vanderburgh Co. - 37,273 cases, 509 deaths
  • Dubois Co. - 9,324 cases, 148 deaths
  • Warrick Co. - 13,213 cases, 204 deaths
  • Perry Co. - 3,160 cases, 54 deaths
  • Posey Co. - 4,418 cases, 46 deaths
  • Gibson Co. - 7,700 cases, 121 deaths
  • Spencer Co. - 3,913 cases, 54 deaths
  • Pike Co. - 2,749 cases, 45 deaths

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