Tracking the coronavirus outbreak is tricky. Each state (and even counties and health departments within states) are not always reporting the same kinds of information at the same time. These maps are our best approximations of what is going on in the Tri-State.
Vanderburgh County is the largest metropolitan area in the Tri-State, with a population of 181,451, according to the most recent census data. For this reason, we are separating data from Vanderburgh County to prevent the numbers from our other Indiana counties from being diminished.
Currently, Vanderburgh County is following guidance set by the Indiana State Department of Health.
Tracking COVID in our Indiana counties
Eyewitness News checks information released by Indiana counties each day to update these graphs and charts. We cover these counties: Dubois, Gibson, Perry, Pike, Posey, Spencer, and Warrick.
Understanding Indiana’s color-coded county map for targeted coronavirus restrictions
The Indiana Department of Health established a color code for Indiana, giving a visual representation of COVID-19 metrics on a county-by-county basis.
This comes after Governor Eric Holcomb signed an executive order implementing pandemic requirements for all Hoosiers, and targeted restrictions for counties with high levels of COVID-19.
The map measures weekly cases per 100,000 residents and the seven-day positivity rate for all tests completed. Scores for the two measures are averaged to determine the risk of community spread.
The map is broken up into four categories; blue, yellow, orange and red. A score below 1 is blue, 1-1.5 is yellow, 2-2.5 orange and 3 or higher red.
Restrictions are assigned based on the color code. Among the requirements are:
Regardless of a county’s color code, face coverings are required for all Hoosiers. Businesses of all types are required to place clearly visible signs at their public and employee entrances notifying all that face coverings are required.
All customers in restaurants and bars are required to be seated. Tables, counters, or other seating arrangements must be spaced six feet apart.
The executive order takes effect on Sunday, Nov. 15 and runs through until at least Wednesday, March 31.