KNOX COUNTY, Ind. (WTWO/WAWV) — Knox County, which was in the red in late August, has moved to orange on the Indiana Department of Health’s county metrics map.
Knox County Health Department nurse Betty Lankford said she believes one reason behind the decreasing numbers is the efforts to slow the spread in schools.
“They were wearing masks I think that’s another reason our numbers have gone down is that we don’t have the school spread,” Lankford said. “We have been seeing a lot of people get vaccinated in order to go to school whether that be the 12 years and up or the teachers.”
Lankford said Good Samaritan Hospital in Vincennes, Ind. has begun to see COVID-19 patient numbers drop as well.
“As of yesterday morning, we don’t have but eight people in the hospital that are COVID,” Lankford said. “They were all unvaccinated and that age group was 45 to 85.”
Lankford said recent large gatherings could cause case numbers to increase. She also recommended the immunocompromised who are currently eligible to get a booster shot get one.
“We have a couple doctors call their patients. All their cancer patients and patients on chemo to come in and get the shot,” Lankford said. “So we’ve almost got like a standing orders that if you’re a patient of this doctor you get a shot.”
As the holidays approach, health experts said they are worried about another potential spike in November and December.