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COVID-19 Delta variant pushing up infection numbers

Contributed By:The 411 News

Indiana extends public health emergency

As a matter of precaution, Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb has extended protection measures related to the COVID-19 public health emergency until August 31, 2021.

Gov. Holcomb cited the spread of the Delta variant of COVID-19 as leading to the uptick in the state's infection numbers. The 7-day COVID positivity infection rate of 2.1%, a month ago in June, rose to 6.3% in July.

For June 28th, Indiana's Dept. of Health counted 182 new daily infections statewide. For July 29, the state health agency reported 1,491 new daily infections statewide.

Lake County’s COVID infection numbers remain low, reporting 629 new cases between June 29 and July 29.

Statewide vaccination totals improved to 2.9 million from 2.8 million at the end of June. Indiana has 5.7 million residents age 12 and over who are eligible to receive vaccines.

The governer's latest executive orders, issued July 31, encourages the unvaccinated population, age 12 and over to get the free vaccine. "Since January 2021, 98% of new COVID-19 cases are with the unvaccinated," Gov. Holcomb said in the executive order.

Many of the unvaccinated in Indiana and across the nation are school age children. Vaccines have not been approved in the U.S. for children under 12. Children between 12 and 17 can only receive the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, with a parent's permission.

With the new school year beginning soon, the governor's Executive Order 21-19 allows local school districts to determine whether masks will be required in school buildings.

The executive order states, "Hoosiers, whether vaccinated or not, should obtain a COVID-19 test and self-quarantine if they or a household member becomes symptomatic or has been in close contact with a person who has tested positive for COVID-19, and cooperate with contract tracers where warranted."

Story Posted:08/01/2021

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