VIGO COUNTY, Ind. (WTWO/WAWV) — For the first time in a longtime, Vigo County will move out of a yellow or blue advisory level.
Due to rising COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations, Vigo County will be listed as orange starting August 11. Counties colored orange means the county has a seven day positivity rate between 10% and 14.9%.
Clink on the link provided to view Vigo County’s newest hospitalization chart.
According to the Vigo County Health Department, last week 219 positive cases of Coronavirus were confirmed. From July 5 to August 5, hospitalizations jumped over 400%.
VCHD Health Educator, Roni Elder describes the metric change as disheartening.
“It’s been awhile since we’ve had these numbers. It’s unfortunate, it seems like we’re ramping back up again,” She said.
Here is a link to the Vigo County Health Department’s newest numbers.
Efforts by the health department will focus on contact tracing and detecting more COVID-19 hot spots. One hot spot was detected at the Terre Haute Humane Society, but Elder feels more will appear soon.
One contributing factor to this color metric change is a lack of vaccines administered, Elder said.
“I think the increase is definitely because we’ve stopped wearing masks. Everywhere has a sign saying if you’re vaccinated, you don’t have to wear a mask. Unfortunately, that’s just a call for everyone to take the mask off,” She said “We’re not seeing a lot of vaccinated people wear the mask,”
As COVID-19 cases rise locally, the Vigo County Courthouse and County Commissioners have recently released their newest guidelines on masking within certain buildings, below is the latest.
Vigo County is averaging around 40-50 new COVID-19 cases per day.
While health officials anticipate numbers to increase, no new mitigations, like a mask mandate, will be enforced.
“I hope by seeing our numbers people are seeing that COVID-19 is here and it’s still spreading in our community.” Elder said. ‘Even if that means having to wear a mask, I know people don’t like them, but they work,”
For Vigo County to go back to a yellow advisory, a positivity rate between 5% to 9.9% is needed.