On Wednesday, Indiana’s Department of Health (IDOH) updated the weekly metrics map, which details the level of community spread by county. As of now, the map is used as a reference point for local health departments to determine if action should be taken to mitigate the spread of COVID-19.
This week, 21 counties are in “red,” the highest category for community spread. 68 counties are in the next tier, “orange,” with three in yellow.
Locally, Brown, Lawrence, Jackson, Jennings, Orange, and Scott Counties are Red.
Washington, Clark, Floyd, and Harrison remained Orange.
On Wednesday, Indiana’s Department of Health reported an additional 2,863 new COVID-19 cases and 451 new deaths. Washington County reported 22 new COVID-19 cases and 1 additional death on Wednesday. There were 32 new tests given.
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In 2020, Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb implemented certain measures and restrictions for Indiana counties based on which color they were. As counties progressed from blue to yellow to orange to red, the restrictions were progressively tougher.
However, in 2021, Holcomb hasn’t acted against Covid as aggressively as last year and left most decision-making to County Commissioners and local Health Departments.
When asked today if there were going to be addressed at the state level, the response was this — “We continue to provide the color coding to counties so that they are aware of the level of COVID-19 transmission in their areas. The decision on whether to take action in counties based on their current color is a local one.”
The map is broken up into four categories; blue, yellow, orange, and red. A score below 1 is blue, 1-1.5 is yellow, 2-2.5 orange, and 3 or higher red.
Washington, Clark, Floyd, and Harrison are all scored now at 2.5.
Restrictions were assigned based on the color code but no local government has imposed any restrictions at this time.