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Monroe County Eases Some Gathering Restrictions

testing site signs in Bedford

(George Hale, WFIU/WTIU News)

As COVID-19 positive cases trend downward, Monroe County officials have increased the social gathering size from 25 to 50 persons.  The limit remains 15 in the city of Bloomington.

The number of coronavirus cases dropped to 171 cases per 100,000 persons.

“Our current goal is to get that under 100, per hundred thousand, but our ultimate goal is for it to be under 10,” said Penny Caudill, county health administrator.

The Monroe County Board of Health will meet Feb. 16 to reassess crowd sizes.

“This is a big weekend, we have Super Bowl, we have increased populations, we have new variants within our state, and all of those things can change the data in either direction,” Caudill said.

Caudill says 37 new deaths were added to the county’s total after a state audit revealed they had not been previously reported as COVID-related.

“The state went back and reviewed the death certificates and added those,” she said.

Caudill says the county expects to administer the second round of COVID19 vaccines to those 65 and over next week.

 

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