Three southwest Indiana counties entered into the state's COVID-19 Red Zone on Wednesday, as did multiple other counties throughout the Hoosier State.
Gibson, Pike, and Daviess counties all entered the Red Zone on Wednesday with the Indiana State Department of Health's update to its COVID-19 County Metrics Map.
Under Governor Holcomb's latest Executive Order, restrictions on gathering sizes are increased in Indiana counties classified as Red. Each county in the Red Zone qualifies for the classification by having a seven-day positivity rate of 15% or greater and 200 or more new positive COVID-19 cases weekly per 100,000 residents.
Wednesday's report from ISDH also included the confirmation of 5,853 new positive cases of COVID-19 throughout the Hoosier State. That brought the number of Indiana residents known to have tested positive for the virus so far to 398,417 total.
Additionally, the state health department said Wednesday that 98 new COVID-19 deaths had occurred throughout the state, bringing the total number of COVID-19 deaths recorded statewide to 6,207 total.
Here are Wednesday's local COVID-19 increases:
- Vanderburgh County: 198 new positive cases (12,027 total), 1 new death (150 total)
- Warrick County: 84 new positive cases (4,029 total)
- Gibson County: 26 new positive cases (2,433 total), 1 new death (39 total)
- Knox County: 37 new positive cases (2,337 total)
- Posey County: 19 new positive cases (1,494 total)
- Pike County: 9 new positive cases (661 total)
- Perry County: 6 new positive cases (958 total)
- Daviess County: 14 new positive cases (1,909 total), 2 new deaths (57 total)
- Dubois County: 52 new positive cases (3,066 total)
- Spencer County: 23 new positive cases (1,058 total)
The governor's latest order tightening restrictions on Red Zone counties also requires face coverings for all Hoosiers regardless of a county’s color code. Businesses of all types are also required to place clearly visible signs at their public and employee entrances notifying all that face coverings are required. All customers in restaurants and bars are also required to be seated. Tables, counters, or other seating arrangements must be spaced six feet apart.
That Executive Order remains in effect until at least Saturday, Dec. 12, unless it's extended upon its expiration.