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Marion County’s government and health officials shared data on declining COVID-19 trends and cases in the area, as well as some changes in local regulations for schools and long-term care facilities.
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Indianapolis Mayor Joe Hogsett and Virginia Caine, director of the Marion County Department of Health, said the following about COVID-19 in Marion County:
- Hogsett said local vaccination efforts have been successful but noted that significant efforts are being made to reach underserved communities to ensure that the population is receiving vaccines.
- The 7-day positivity rate in Marion County has dropped significantly from 16.4% in December to 5.8% today. Caine said 5% or less is considered very low prevalence in the community.
- Marion County’s number of new daily cases has also decreased. Caine said in early January the county had seen over 1,000 new cases twice. Now the 7-day average is 236 new positive cases.
- Emergency rooms for patients requiring immediate treatment for COVID-19 symptoms have fallen to around 20 patients per day, up from 60 per day in January.
- First-time hospitalizations for COVID-19 patients in Marion County last an average of four to six cases per day. There were about 35 new hospitalized cases in the county in early January.
- Caine said the average death toll in Marion County rose to four to six a day.
- According to Caine, projections for an 80% vaccination rate in Marion County, considered widespread immunity, depend on the number of vaccinations per day. If the 4,380 people are vaccinated daily starting March 15, the county will hit the immunity rate by June 30. If the county maintains the current rate of 2,297 per day, the rate is expected to be hit by October 6th.
- Marion County has transitioned from a red zone to an orange zone within the state’s capacity. Therefore, an indoor visit to assisted living facilities is only allowed for those who received both vaccine doses at least two weeks ago, who tested negative for the virus or had natural immunity to their COVID-19 within 72 hours of their visit. Got diagnosis in the past 90 days.
- Marion County’s schools must continue to be quarantined among students or staff. High school students must be quarantined for 10-14 days if students or staff are within 6 feet of an infected person. For kindergarten through eighth grade, the exposure is 3 feet. The county is not following the state’s recommendation that students or staff can return to school seven days after testing negative for the virus, unless there are special circumstances.
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