TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTWO/WAWV)– There are 86 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Vigo Co. as of May 12.
Vigo Co. Health Department officials released a graph to track the newly confirmed cases in the county on a weekly basis.
Roni Elder, Vigo Co. Health Educator, said there was a decrease in mid-April, but they’re preparing for an increase.
“We definitely saw a dip in cases for a couple of weeks and now we’re back on the rise, which is disheartening. Hopefully we don’t get a huge rise and we can go back down but we need the help of everyone to do that,” Elder explained.
According to county officials the graph provides them with a better understanding of how the coronavirus is circulating in Vigo Co. and the newly released information is not intended to cause fear.
“The graph is just meant to educate the public that coronavirus is in our area and it’s still something that we need to cautious about,” she said.
Meanwhile Elder explained that Indiana’s phased reopening plan is not a factor in the increase in cases.
“These positive cases aren’t from those openings. It takes at least 7-10 days for someone to start showing symptoms and to be tested. So this all stuff that we did a couple of weeks ago. So those are the results that we’re seeing now,” Elder noted.
Vigo Co. residents are also concerned about the increased cases, but they say they’re taking the necessary precautions.
“We’re picking low populated places, we’re not going where there’s big crowds or anything yet so we do have concerns still. We’re just taking precautions and making sure everything is okay,” said Tammy Arney.
Elder emphasized that as businesses begin to reopen, it’s critical for the public to practice social distancing and adhere to health department guidelines.