TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTWO/WAWV) — The Vigo County Health Department (VCHD) today issued an alert that the county is on the verge of becoming red on Indiana State Department of Health’s county metrics. ISDH categorizes counties based on the seven-day positivity rate and weekly cases per 100,000 residents by color blue, yellow, orange, and red. Red means the county will have to take the steps to limit the spread of COVID-19 such as shutdowns.
VCHD strongly recommended that large planned events be cancelled, adding, “It is not recommended that local food establishments participate in any ‘walk’ festivities.” The department warned that the spike in cases could be a cause for all establishments to be shut down.
WTWO reported yesterday that health officials were worried about entering the red zone.
“It’s disheartening because we were blue,” Roni Elder, Health Educator and Media Coordinator for the Vigo County Health Department, told MyWabashValley.com on Thursday. “We were doing so good. We were declining in cases and now we’ve just had a huge uptick in cases.”
The numbers for cases, hospitalizations, and deaths are all up in Vigo County. It is important citizens follow recommendations to prevent the spread of COVID-19 to prevent strain on area hospitals and protect the health of the community.