Ind. reports 8 new area COVID-19 deaths, 238 new cases in Vanderburgh Co.
Ind. health depts. only offering rapid tests to certain age groups
INDIANA (WFIE) - Tuesday, the Indiana Department of Health reported 8,533 new COVID-19 cases and 172 new deaths.
The pandemic total in the state is 1,286,590 cases and 18,605 deaths.
The state map shows four new deaths in Vanderburgh County, two new deaths in Dubois County, and one new death in both Gibson and Warrick Counties.
It shows 238 new cases in Vanderburgh County, 99 new cases in Warrick County, 48 new cases in Dubois County, 26 new cases in Perry County, 22 new cases in Posey County, 29 new cases in Gibson County, 12 new cases in Spencer County, and seven new cases in Pike County.
The Indiana Department of Health is making some changes to testing operations.
Posey County Health Officials made the same announcement Monday.
State Health Officials say effective Tuesday, rapid tests at state and local health department testing sites will only be available to people 18 and younger and symptomatic individuals aged 50 and older.
They say the change is necessary due to the national shortage of rapid antigen tests and is designed to help ensure that students can stay in school and that Hoosiers who are most likely to need a monoclonal antibody are identified within the prescribed window in which they can be administered.
Officials say Indiana typically uses about 50,000 rapid tests per week, but is only guaranteed to receive 11,000 a week at this time.
They say appointments for rapid tests previously scheduled for Tuesday will be honored while testing supplies last, but no appointments for rapid tests will be honored at state or local health department sites going forward except for people who fall within the above categories.
PCR tests, which are the gold standard, will continue to be offered at all testing sites, with results expected in two to three days.
Here are the coronavirus totals in our part of Indiana:
- Vanderburgh Co. - 38,884cases, 515 deaths
- Dubois Co. - 9,590 cases, 150 deaths
- Warrick Co. - 13,738 cases, 206 deaths
- Perry Co. - 3,252 cases, 54 deaths
- Posey Co. - 4,568 cases, 46 deaths
- Gibson Co. - 7,904 cases, 122 deaths
- Spencer Co. - 4,011 cases, 55 deaths
- Pike Co. - 2,804 cases, 45 deaths
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