Knox County back in the red

The state Department of Health downgraded Knox County to a status of red, the most severe on its color-coded dashboard, on Wednesday.

The state recorded an additional 18 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 on Wednesday, bringing the total now to 3,180.

Local officials are reporting more than 200 active cases; seven are being treated at Good Samaritan.

There have also been 39 deaths.

The county’s overall positivity rate, too, increased to 15.8%.

Vaccinations continue both at Good Samaritan and at the Knox County Health Department’s clinic set up in the community building adjacent to Community United Methodist Church on Hart Street Road.

More than 2,400 people have so far received the first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine; 590 have been fully vaccinated.

Anyone over the age of 70 is now eligible for a vaccine; for more information, visit ourshot.in.gov.

Major intersections to see work

City officials say beginning today, crews with Miller Pipeline will have traffic restricted at the intersections of Sixth and Hart streets and Seventh and Hart streets.

Motorists should expect temporary delays and lane closures. Please reduce speed, use caution and follow flaggers’ directions.

The work is expected to last up to two days.

Pace to offer additional utility assistance

Pace Community Action Agency, Inc. has received funding from the Knox County Community Foundation to provide assistance for families that have been impacted by the crisis caused by COVID-19.

Multiple agencies have identified that families are requesting assistance with water and utility bills, technology expenses, health care expenses, etc. In an effort to address these needs, Pace will begin accepting applications for assistance.

“During this time, we know that many families are finding themselves in a financially stressed situation,” said Dr. Bertha Proctor, Pace CEO. “We will continue to promote our mission of improving the community and encouraging self-reliance. These funds will be used to assist individuals in meeting their needs.

“Nobody planned for this pandemic to happen or thought it would continue to impact us for this length of time. Pace is glad to be a trusted part of the community that can help individuals during this time.”

To request an application, call Pace at 812.882.7927.

This program is for residents of Knox County; although Pace also has CARES Act funding to assist families in Daviess, Greene and Sullivan counties as well.

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