INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (WTWO/WAWV) – The Indiana Department of Health addressed the state with updates on the virus after seeing high levels of COVID-19 across the state.
State Health Commissioner Dr. Kristina Box says new cases and hospitalizations are on the rise. She also adds that the Delta variant spreads twice as easy as any other COVID variant.
“We’re seeing levels that we have not seen in sometime here in the state, Dr. Box said. “Many of these numbers resemble what we saw about this time last year.”
Recent samples show that the Delta variant accounts for more than 90 percent of new COVID cases in Indiana.
Any close contact of a positive test should be tested three to five days after exposure, even if they are fully vaccinated or asymptomatic.
“I know different Hoosiers have different beliefs about masks, the vaccine and the pandemic as a whole,” Dr. Box. “What I hope is we all share a personal responsibility to do no harm to others. Until we increase out vaccination rates and unless we use every took available to us to stop the disease. the virus will continue to have the advantage.”
Over half of eligible Hoosiers have not received a single does of a COVID-19 vaccine. Health officials say this week the state did see it’s highest number of first does vaccinations since the end of May.
The Centers for Disease and Control and Indiana Department of Health strongly encourage everyone age two and older to wear a mask in public indoor settings or areas of high transmission.