EVANSVILLE — Vanderburgh County’s number of new confirmed COVID-19 cases on Sunday was 56, according to the Indiana State Department of Health’s statewide dashboard of cases. Warrick County’s cases went up by 24 confirmed cases.
The state agency reported Vanderburgh County has had a total of 1,114 cases since the first one was reported on March 19, but the local health department’s dashboard is still reporting 1,053.
Among those, 382 cases are active, according to the Vanderburgh County Health Department’s dashboard. Vanderburgh County’s “positivity rate” — the percentage of people tested who come up positive for COVID-19 — continued its steady climb in ISDH data Sunday. As recently as July 2, it was 3.7%. On Saturday, it was 5.6%.
Vanderburgh County set yet another single-day record for cases on Thursday with 58. That followed a week that saw several other daily records set locally.
On June 24 — just 25 days ago — the county had 359 cases, according to ISDH.
The proliferation of cases prompted Mayor Lloyd Winnecke to announce a mask order on July 10 that went into effect Wednesday. The City Council heard the first reading of a pending ordinance mandating face coverings in most situations during its meeting July 13. The County Commissioners, during their regularly scheduled July 14 meeting, voted 3-0 for a resolution “recommending citizens to wear face coverings to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in Vanderburgh County.”
The Vanderburgh County Health Department’s data stated Sunday that 33% of cases thus far involve people aged 20-29. It is the single largest age group representation. The second-largest is the second-youngest, people 30-39, who account for 15% of cases.
The state dashboard often reports different numbers for counties than the counties themselves — because of data reporting discrepancies and different schedules for updating the dashboards.