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COVID-19 Positivity Rates And Hospitalizations Climb, State Moves Back From "Stage 5" In Reopening

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(courtesy of the ISDH COVID-19 Data Report ,11-18-2020)

Noon Edition airs on Fridays at noon on WFIU.

Across the Indiana, COVID-19 hospitalizations, daily new cases, and positivity rates continue to climb. 

On Tuesday the state reported 2,951 COVID-19 hospitalizations —the highest number ever.

Last week, Governor Eric Holcomb announced Indiana was no longer in stage 5 of his “Back On Track” plan to open the state. 

He signed a new executive order with new COVID-10 restrictions. How the new restrictions are implemented depends on the color a county is designated on the state’s metrics map. 

The health order relies on local and county health department to enforce new restrictions.

Monroe County remains “yellow” on state metrics, though the positivity rate is moving up.

This week, we will talk about rising COVID-19 numbers, upcoming holidays, and the new executive order.

You can follow us on Twitter @NoonEdition or join us on the air by calling in at 812-855-0811 or toll-free at 1-877-285-9348. You can also send us questions for the show at news@indianapublicmedia.org.

Note-This week of our guests and hosts will participate remotely to avoid risk of spreading infection. Because of this we will not be able to take callers live on-air.

Guests

Shandy Dearth, director of undergraduate epidemiology education at the Richard M. Fairbanks School of Public Health at IUPUI 

Dr. Tom Hrisomalos, MD IU Health Southern Indiana Physicians provider, specializing in infectious disease

Graham McKeen, Assistant University Director of Public and Environmental Health at Indiana University

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