INDIANAPOLIS, Ind (WEHT)– The Indiana State Department of Health is dialing in on the state of the pandemic. Dr. Kristina Box said this is the darkest time in the pandemic and the Hoosier state is amid the worst surge of COVID-19 since December.
Data shows the Delta variant accounts for 97% of cases. At the end of June, the statewide positivity rate was below 2% but now it’s above 10%. Indiana health officials said they can’t battle COVID-19 alone.
“Whether there is a mask mandate in place or not the bottom line is masking is the mitigation measure that will help decrease transmission of this delta variant until we get out of this surge,” said Dr. Kristina Box. “But for right now we have to decrease the transmission in the state of Indiana– and masking and getting vaccinated are the main ways we’re going to do that.”
State health officials are seeing COVID-19 cases rise among children and teens. They now want to bring rapid COVID-19 testing to every school in the state of Indiana.
The state health department reached out to districts and only 318 districts said they were interested. Dr. Kristina Box said she estimates only 10% of schools are providing testing to students.