INDIANAPOLIS- Mayor Hogsett and Marion County Public Health Department Director, Dr. Virginia Caine on Thursday called on the doughnut counties, the eight surrounding counties, to work with the city to help fight the spread of the coronavirus.
Hogsett has asked Indianapolis’ neighboring counties to help develop a regional plan of action after positive cases significantly increased this month.
“Our foe in this fight does not recognize county lines. The more we know about what each other is doing as a region, it will strengthen our fight against the pandemic,” says Hogsett.
Dr. Caine noted that Marion County positive cases are up to 7% this month, in September the county was at 5%. Caine says being under 5% is the “gold standard.”
Neighboring counties are also rising in numbers. Hendricks County, for example, has doubled the number of new cases within the last two weeks, while Shelby County has quadrupled.
“Watch this positivity rate as it gets to double digits, that is a major, major concern for us. It depends on all of us to make that turnaround,” Dr. Caine said Thursday.
Health Department officials are worried cases will continue to increase as flu-season approaches.
The mayor warned Hoosiers on Thursday that if Marion County positive cases reach double digits, tighter restrictions could be implemented.
Caine says in addition to the standard precautions, getting tests regularly would help. She says even if you don’t have symptoms, you could still be positive.
According to a study from IU Fairbanks School of Public Health, for every person who tests positive, there are 10 others who are likely positive, but unaware.
Both Hogsett and Caine also emphasized the importance of Hoosiers participating in the contact tracing program.
For the time being, there are no changes to the public health orders for Indianapolis. Mask requirements remain as well as limiting gatherings of people. For the full current list click here