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What Do Statewide COVID-19 Increases Mean For Monroe County?

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(WFIU/WTIU News)

Noon Edition airs on Fridays at noon on WFIU.

Indiana’s positivity rates, death counts, and hospitalizations have continued to trend upward since the state moved to Stage 5 in Gov. Eric Holcomb’s plan to reopen Indiana. 

Read: Death Counts Increase As Hospitalizations Spike

Despite the increase in cases, state leaders give no indication that the state will scale back and implement previous restrictions from the governor’s “Back On Track” plan.

Hospitals have seen increases in numbers of ICU beds occupied and are working to manage the influx.

IU Health recently tightened visitor policies to their ICUs in response to the increases in cases in southern Indiana.

In Monroe County, the COVID-19 positivity rate is trending downward, after a jump in cases that coincided with Indiana University students returning to campus.

Indiana University also reports decreasing positivity rates, defying state trends. IU officials say last week was the lowest positivity rate among students since the first week of school.

This week on Noon Edition, we’re talking about increasing cases in the state and what this means for Bloomington.

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

John Hamilton, Bloomington Mayor

Penny Caudill, Monroe County Health Department administrator

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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