Six of 10 Area Counties Turn Red on Latest Covid Map Update

Six of 10 Area Counties Turn Red on Latest Covid Map Update

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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. 

See daily Covid stats here – https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100063068118228

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.”

On November 13, 2020, Governor Eric Holcomb issued an Executive Order 20-48 that introduced county-level measures and restrictions based on each county’s county color.
 
Whenever a county’s metric/score rises to a higher color category, that county is moved to a more restrictive advisory level.
 
When a county meets the metric/score of a less restrictive color category, it must remain in the less restrictive color for two consecutive weeks to be allowed to move down to the lower advisory level.
 
For example, if Washington County’s weekly score is Orange on week 1 and then Yellow on week 2, it must have a weekly score of Yellow on week 3 to move down to Yellow level restrictions per Executive Order 20-48.
 
For this reason, a county’s advisory level can be different than its current weekly score. 

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.