Additional COVID-19 restrictions are in effect for Hamilton County after the Indiana Dept. of Health on Jan. 6 categorized it as red under its advisory level for determining community spread of the disease.
The state is requiring that counties categorized as red:
Limit social gatherings to 25 people, with no exceptions from the local health department
Limit attendance at recreational sporting events to participants, required personnel, parents, guardians, siblings, spouses and minor children of participants or personnel
Allow for indoor dining but encourage businesses to promote curbside pick-up or online ordering
Suggest K-12 school officials review and reevaluate their plans based on the recommendations of the Dept. of Education and IDOH
Suspend activities at senior centers
Allow hospitals, long term care and other congregate settings to impose visitation limits.
Counties designated as red have 200 or more weekly cases per 100,000 residents and a seven-day all-test positivity rate of 15 percent or greater.
“Unfortunately, the new designation doesn’t come as a huge surprise,” stated Jason LeMaster, interim administrator for the Hamilton County Health Dept. in a press release. “Our local positivity rate has been fluctuating near the 15 percent threshold for days and we’re only just now seeing the swell of cases from over the holiday season.”
The county must meet orange level metrics for two consecutive weeks before it can return to that designation. Counties classified as orange have a weekly COVID-19 caseload of 100 to 199 per 100,000 residents and a seven-day all-test positivity rate of 10 to 14.9 percent.
“That means Hamilton County will remain in RED for at least the next three weeks.” LeMaster stated. “The only way we can reverse course is to lower our numbers, so we’re asking the community to be incredibly vigilant. Wash your hands. Social distance. Avoid indoor gatherings and get tested if you think you may have been exposed to the virus. We all have the power to right this ship.”
See the state’s COVID-19 dashboard and designations for all counties at coronavirus.in.gov.