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COVID-19 Positivity Rates And Hospitalizations Up

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(Lauren Chapman, IPBS News)

Indiana announced its first confirmed case of COVID-19 in March

According to one popular research model, about 1,000 Hoosiers were initially predicted to die of the virus between May and August.

But when stay-at-home orders were relaxed, the model’s projected deaths by August jumped to 5,000. 

As of July 30, there have been 2,733 deaths in Indiana.

This month saw spikes in single-day case increases and hospitalizations. White House Health advisor Dr. Anthony Fauci warned that Indiana was among the states experiencing early signs of a more serious coronavirus outbreak.

In response to these warning signs, Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb announced that the state would not move forward into stage five of its “Back On track” plan. The original plan was to move into stage five and have businesses working at full capacity after July 4. 

Both the state and Monroe County now have mask mandates.

This week, we’ll be talking about where Indiana stands in fighting the spread of COVID-19 and what the next steps might look like.

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

Julie Thomas, Monroe County Board of Commissioners president

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

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

Jill Raines, Chief of Clinical Quaility Greene County General Hospital

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