On Wednesday, the Indiana State Department of Health provided its weekly update to its COVID-19 County Metrics Map, which showed multiple counties throughout the state making great strides in the fight against COVID-19.
Among the counties to enter the Blue Advisory Level on the state's map Wednesday were Gibson, Knox, Perry, and Pike counties. Those counties now join Daviess County, which entered into the Blue Advisory Level on the state health department's previous update to the county metrics map.
The Blue Advisory Level, which indicates the lowest spread of COVID-19, gives counties the "ability to be 100% open," as Gov. Holcomb said. Under Holcomb's Executive Order, any Blue county may hold gatherings and events at 100% of a facility's capacity.
Here's the current Advisory Level for each county in the state as compared to the Advisory Levels as of one week earlier on Feb. 24:
Local counties that remain in the Yellow Advisory Level include Posey, Vanderburgh, Warrick, Spencer, and Dubois counties.
Vanderburgh County did, however, receive a Weekly Score of Blue on Wednesday's County Metrics Map update from ISDH.
Since Vanderburgh County is currently in the Yellow Advisory Level, if the county receives another Blue score on the next update to the County Metrics Map on March 10, it too would enter into the Blue Advisory Level, allowing events and gatherings to take place at 100% capacity. That's because a county must receive the same metrics score for two consecutive weeks before it can improve to the next Advisory Level.
While the state continues to see steady progress in the fight against COVID-19, Gov. Holcomb says the restrictions on events and gatherings would remain in place for at least one more month, until the order expires at 11:59 p.m. on March 31, 2021.
Under that Executive Order, face coverings and social distancing remain required regardless of a county's color.
Indiana's Wednesday COVID-19 Increases:
The Hoosier State continued to move in the right direction on Wednesday.
Throughout the entirety of the state, health officials identified 786 new positive cases of the virus Wednesday, alongside nine new COVID-19 deaths.
Increases remained relatively low in our local counties Wednesday, though one new COVID-19 death was reported in Pike County. Here's a breakdown of the local increases reported Wednesday:
- Vanderburgh County: 22 new cases
- Warrick County: 8 new cases
- Posey County: 2 new cases
- Perry County: 2 new cases
- Gibson County: 4 new cases
- Pike County: 0 new cases, 1 new death
- Knox County: 1 new case
- Dubois County: 7 new cases
- Daviess County: 1 new case
- Spencer County: 0 new cases
This brings the total number of Indiana residents known to have tested positive for COVID-19 to date to 663,511, and the total number of COVID-19 deaths in the state to 12,200.