No ‘yellow’ on Indiana’s COVID-19 map for the first time since January
No counties on Indiana’s COVID-19 tracking map remain in the “yellow” category, which indicates moderate spread of the virus.
In the WVPE listening area, both Fulton and St. Joseph County moved from the “red” category to the “orange” this week, which indicates high spread of the virus.
Marshall County, on the other hand, moved from the orange to the red, which indicates unchecked community spread.
All other listener counties remained in the red this week.
The state’s one remaining yellow county moved to the red category this week. This is the first time since January that no Hoosier counties have been in the yellow.
Hospitalizations have somewhat plateaued in Healthcare District 2, which covers most of the WVPE listener area. But they’re still almost as high as they were at the peak of last winter’s surge.
As of Tuesday, there were 313 patients hospitalized with COVID-19 in District 2, and almost 46 percent of area ICU beds were occupied by COVID-19 patients.
According to the state’s vaccine dashboard, 54.3 percent of eligible Hoosiers are fully vaccinated, an increase from last week’s 54 percent. But vaccination rates still vary widely by zip code.
Cases and hospitalizations also remain high in Michigan. In a COVID-19 update Wednesday, Berrien County health officials said the county’s positivity rate is roughly 23 percent.
According to the Centers for Disease Control, all counties in Indiana and Michigan have “high” community spread of the virus. That means both vaccinated and unvaccinated Michiganders and Hoosiers should wear masks indoors.
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