State’s COVID-19 transmission map shows 34 counties in red, 57 in orange after weekly update

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INDIANAPOLIS – The color red was less prominent on this week’s COVID-19 map from the Indiana State Department of Health.

The map, updated weekly, tracks the spread of COVID-19 in Indiana counties. In the Jan. 20 update, 34 counties were in the red category denoting high community spread.

Last week’s map (left) and this week’s map (right)

The update showed 57 Indiana counties in the orange category denoting moderate to high community spread.

In all, 91 of Indiana’s 92 counties fell in one of the higher-risk categories for COVID-19 transmission. Only one–Jay County–had been downgraded to yellow for moderate spread.

Last week, all 92 counties fell in the higher risk categories, with 73 counties in red and the remaining 19 in orange.

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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