Health officials monitor new local COVID-19 cases

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TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTWO/WAWV)– Health department officials in Knox and Vigo County are watching for a potential spike in cases following Independence Day weekend.

Vigo County confirmed 15 new cases during the week of June 28.

Roni Elder, Vigo County Health Educator, said they’re keeping an eye out for case increase.

“We’re just always prepared that we could have a spike in cases, especially seeing what’s going on in other places. I think it was a great idea staying with Phase 4.5 and seeing what happens with all the holidays coming up to make sure we don’t see a spike,” she said.

Knox County cases are beginning to decline and several patients are being released from quarantine.

Dr. Alan Stewart, Knox County Health Officer, said he’s remaining optimistic.

“This week we’ve had a large number of people come off of quarantine. Last week at this time we had 23 active cases. Today we have 11, with 6 more due to come off in the next few days. So, we feel very good about that,” he said.

Stewart said it’ll take some time to determine if the recent social gatherings will have an impact on the spread of the virus in Knox County.

“We did have some downtown celebrations that which were changed. We continue to have people meeting or gathering that didn’t really involve social distancing but I think it could’ve been a lot worse than it was. But I’m fairly confident that we’ll get through this okay,” Stewart said.

No mask mandates have been issued for either county at this time. But Elder said everyone should still take the necessary precautions.

“It might just be our new normal for right now until we can’t get out of our county. Please wear a mask and social distance. So when you are going out in public remember that there is still a virus out there that you can contract by being close to people so please remember that.”

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