TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTWO/WAWV) — The Vigo County Health Department is urging residents to cancel all upcoming large events as the county is seeing a significant uptick in COVID-19 cases.
As of Thursday, there were 163 positive cases this week. At 268, last week was the highest amount of new cases since the pandemic started.
“We are on the verge of becoming a red county based on Indiana State Department of Health’s county metrics,” Roni Elder from the Vigo County Health Department said.
Each week Indiana assigns each county a color based on the number of cases and the seven-day positivity rate. These colors range from red to blue.
“It’s disheartening because we were blue,” Elder said. “We were doing so good. We were declining in cases and now we’ve just had a huge uptick in cases.”
With holidays coming, she hopes to see the number go down soon.
“We just can’t encourage that large gatherings happen,” Elder explained. “We can’t encourage people to travel to spend Thanksgiving with family.”
The health department is also recommending food establishments refrain from participating in any “the walk” festivities as a spike in cases “could be a cause for all establishments to be shutdown.”
“The Walk” is an Indiana State University Homecoming tradition. While it was cancelled this year, many bars and restaurants had planned on participating in an unofficial event.
According to Elder, the ways to slow the spread are the same as they’ve been since the start of the pandemic. The most important being to wear a mask.
“Everything can be done in a safe manner, but it just has to be done safely,” Elder said. “You have to follow these precautions.”
On Thursday, the Indiana State Department of Health reported 44 new cases in Vigo County.