INDIANAPOLIS (WPTA21) - The Indiana State Department of Health has updated its COVID-19 risk map that puts seven counties in northeast Indiana at the "red."
The map updates weekly and gives counties a grade based on weekly cases per 100,000 residents and 7-day positivity rate.
Steuben, DeKalb, Whitley, Allen and Wells County have now gone red. LaGrange county had been in the red last week and remains in the red zone this week as well.
Noble, Adams, Huntington, Wabash, and Miami counties are in the "orange" zone, but their positivity rates are on the rise.
Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb recently issued an executive order that requires tighter COVID restrictions for counties that are "orange" and "red" on the state's COVID map.
Holcomb said counties in the "orange" zone will be limited to gatherings of 50 people or less, and those counties in the "red" zone will be restricted to gatherings of 25 people or less.
His administration also paved the way to let local governments impose stronger restrictions if they so choose.
Statewide, Indiana reported 6,143 new cases of COVID-19 Wednesday and 60 additional deaths.
The state's 7-day positivity rate increased to 12.2 percent.
As Allen County Health Commissioner Dr. Matthew Sutter projected, the county is now in the highest-risk zone for COVID-19.
Local health officials reported an additional COVID-19 death Wednesday and 485 new infections.
On Tuesday, Dr. Sutter announced new restrictions that will impact bars, restaurants, gyms, and large events in Allen County.
Here's what is changing:
Restrictions for Allen County in the Red Zone
- The Allen County Health Department will not approve events for more than 100 participants.
- This is extended to sports leagues and tournaments, as well.
- Restaurants and bars will operate at 50 percent capacity indoors. They can have 100 percent capacity outdoors.
- Bars and restaurants are ordered closed between hours of midnight at 5 a.m.
- No bar seating, salad bars, or self-service.
- Gyms will operate at 50 percent capacity.
- Salons will not be restricted because folks can effectively wear a mask.
These changes will go into effect on Sunday, Nov. 22.
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