Latest map from state shows all but 1 Indiana county in higher transmission categories for COVID-19

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INDIANAPOLIS — The state’s weekly COVID-19 transmission map shows all but one Indiana county in the higher transmission categories for COVID-19 spread.

The new map, released Wednesday, showed 69 counties in orange, 22 in red and 1 in yellow. Porter County in the northwestern part of the state was the sole county in yellow.

The orange and red counties represent areas of moderate to high community spread (orange) and high community spread (red).

During the previous week, 68 counties were in orange, 21 were red and the remaining three were in yellow.

Of note in central Indiana, Hendricks, Putnam and Bartholomew counties each went from orange to red from last week to this week. Monroe County, which had been in yellow, moved into the orange category. Neighboring Brown County went from red to orange.

Comparison of Sept. 8 and Sept. 15 maps

The state’s COVID-19 map is based on two metrics:

  • The number of new cases in the past week per 100,000 residents
  • Percent positivity as determined by the number of positive tests divided by the total number of tests administered

Each metric receives a score of 0-3 and the average of the two scores will be the county’s score for the week.

The different color codes range from minimal community spread (blue) to high community spread (red). The map also includes alerts for counties that have been flagged due to a large number of weekly cases.

Blue (minimal community spread)

  • Schools operate all grades in person but limit activities where social distancing is not feasible
  • Extra-curricular activities to follow local and state guidelines, including distancing and masks, and limit spectators
  • Outreach to encourage public to continue with precautions

Yellow (moderate community spread)

  • Schools continue all grades in person but increase vigilance in distancing, hand hygiene and masks
  • No assemblies or activities if social distancing is not feasible
  • Postpone or cancel extra-curricular activities as warranted, consider allowing only parents or close family to attend athletic and other events
  • Work with local health department to determine if increased precautions and public outreach should begin to halt the spread

Orange (moderate to high community spread)

  • Grade schools continue in-person; strong recommendation for hybrid learning for middle and high school students
  • No assemblies or large group activities
  • Strong recommendation to limit extra-curricular activities and have competitors and participants only, with no in-person attendees
  • Discussions with parents about limiting social events outside of school
  • County education leaders work with local health department to consider implementing aggressive prevention efforts in schools and communities

Red (high community spread)

  • Grade schools remain in-person or consider hybrid learning; middle and high school students consider virtual learning
  • No assemblies or large group activities
  • Extracurricular activities canceled
  • Discourage social events
  • County education leaders work with local health department to consider implementing aggressive prevention efforts in schools and communities.

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