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Higher-risk locations for COVID-19 spread double in Indiana

Indiana covid numbers 10 21 2020

INDIANA (AP/WPTA21) - The State Department of Health on Wednesday nearly doubled the number of counties designated as higher-risk locations for coronavirus spread.

Forty of Indiana’s 92 counties were placed in orange or red levels under the agency’s color-coded weekly tracking map update, while 22 counties were at those levels last week.

Republican Gov. Eric Holcomb decided three weeks ago to lift nearly all of Indiana’s restrictions while extending the mask mandate.

Holcomb announced last week another month-long renewal of the mask order until at least Nov. 14, but tougher restrictions on businesses and crowd sizes were not reinstated.

The state's 7-day positivity rate increased to 6.9 percent Wednesday.

To date, 1,581,109 unique individuals have been tested in Indiana, up from 1,572,350 on Tuesday. A total of 2,574,800 tests, including repeat tests for unique individuals, have been reported to the state Department of Health since Feb. 26.

An estimated 110,746 Hoosiers have recovered from the virus, the Regenstrief Institute says.

Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb will be joined by Indiana State Department of Health Chief Medical Officer Dr. Lindsay Weaver at 2:30 p.m.

You can watch the briefing on our website livestream here.

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