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Indiana health officials anticipate COVID spread to worsen

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana’s top health officials said that despite having done everything in their power to educate and make vaccine available to Hoosiers, the state has reached “the darkest time in the pandemic” amid a surge in infections and hospitalizations.

State health commissioner Dr. Kristina Box during a news conference Friday that the state’s positivity rate has risen to 10.8%, marking Indiana’s worst surge of COVID-19 since last winter.

If more Hoosiers don’t get vaccinated and wear masks, she predicted virus spread and hospitalizations “will get much worse” during the next six weeks."

But with just 52% of Indiana residents fully vaccinated against COVID-19, Box said she was “disappointed” that nearly half of the state’s population is refusing to get the shots.

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