TOP STORY OF THE DAY, brought to you free by WICU: Clay County returns to 'yellow' status in Wednesday COVID-19 report
Clay County is once again back in the YELLOW Advisory Category on the Indiana State Department of Health’s COVID-19 Dashboard (www.coronavirus.in.gov/) as of Wednesday’s evaluation of the Weekly 2-Metric Score. The score is now 1, with increases in all categories where the ISDH maintains data at this time.
Data for District 7 in the Wabash Valley for the Weekly 2-Metric Score and 7-Day All Tests Positivity Rate shows Clay County as the only score of 1, while the others remain in BLUE with a .5 or 0.
Putnam County is also in the YELLOW Advisory Category with Clay County.
The entire Wabash Valley (Clay, Greene, Sullivan, Parke, Putnam, Owen, Vermillion, and Vigo counties) have scores of 1, which places them in YELLOW for Weekly Cases Per 100,000 Residents.
As of April 1, the data trends show:
• CLAY, SULLIVAN, VERMILLION - Positivity Change is on the rise.
• GREENE, PARKE, PUTNAM, OWEN, VIGO - Positivity Change are falling.
The ISDH’s evaluation for County Metrics takes place each Wednesday at noon. Advisory level refers to the current guidelines the county must follow. A county must remain at a lower Weekly Two-Metric Score for two consecutive weeks to move down to a lower advisory level.
The levels determining the spread of COVID-19 are:
RED = High Spread,
ORANGE = Medium Spread,
YELLOW - Mild Spread, and
BLUE = Light Spread.
VACCINE FOR EVERYONE
Hoosiers ages 16 and older are now eligible to sign up for a free COVID-19 vaccine, the Indiana Department of Health announced Wednesday. The expansion makes more than 1.3 million additional individuals eligible for the vaccine.
To schedule a vaccine, visit https://ourshot.in.gov and select a location from one of more than 530 clinics around the state. Hoosiers who do not have a computer or cell phone or those who need assistance scheduling an appointment can call 211 or contact one of Indiana’s Area Agencies on Aging or AARP. Nearly 70 libraries around the state also are helping Hoosiers schedule their appointments.
Individuals aged 16 and 17 are only eligible to receive the Pfizer vaccine and search for a site that lists PVAX or ask 211 for a site offering the Pfizer vaccine.
Vaccination clinics that are part of the federal vaccine program, including those at Meijer and Kroger, appear on the clinic map at https://ourshot.in.gov but are scheduled through those retailers’ platforms, not through the centralized state system.