INDIANAPOLIS (WANE) – Most of Indiana is now under the state department of health’s second-highest category for community COVID-19 spread.
On Wednesday, Indiana’s Department of Health (IDOH) updated the weekly metrics map, which details the level of community spread by county. As of now, the map is used as a reference point for local health departments to determine if action should be taken to mitigate the spread of COVID-19.
This week, 16 counties are in “red,” the highest category for community spread. 67 counties are in the next tier, “orange,” with nine in yellow.
All of northeast Indiana is in “orange” except for LaGrange County.
Last week, 11 counties were in “red,” 62 counties were in “orange,” and 19 counties were in “yellow.” In northeast Indiana, all but three counties – LaGrange, Kosciusko and Blackford – were in “orange.”
“Unfortunately, Kosciusko County joins an increasing number of Indiana counties with a more threatening COVID designation,” said Dr. William Remington Jr., the Kosciusko County Health Officer. “It has been a very bumpy, marathon-like pandemic… We don’t like it. It puts us on edge.”
Despite the change in status, the county does not have any current plans to change its restrictions. However, the department says they’re closely monitoring cases.
WANE 15 also reached out to the Blackford County Health Department to see if its restrictions will change, but has not heard back.
On Wednesday, Indiana’s Department of Health reported an additional 5,037 new COVID-19 cases and 19 new deaths. Allen County reported 315 new COVID-19 cases on Wednesday, the highest daily total since early January.