EVANSVILLE — Posey County on Tuesday reported its first death due to COVID-19, the illness caused by the novel coronavirus.

The death report appeared on the Indiana State Department of Health’s statewide dashboard of positive cases. The Courier & Press has reached out to Posey County Health Officer Dr. Kyle Rapp for more details. Warrick County also reported a new death on the ISDH dashboard Tuesday, but Coroner Sarah Seaton said that is one of the three deaths from Woodmont Health nursing home in Boonville she reported over the past weekend.

Today, Seaton reported three additional deaths among elderly individuals, including two more from Woodmont Health nursing home in Boonville. Those two were women, 91 and 88, Seaton said by text. The third new death involved a 93-year-old woman.

The reports bring Warrick County’s total of coronavirus-related deaths to 46, including 43 that have registered on the Indiana State Department of Health’s statewide dashboard of cases. By Courier & Press count, there have now been eight deaths at Woodmont.

Vanderburgh County reported 61 new positive cases of COVID-19 Tuesday, according to the ISDH dashboard.

The new number comes after some of the highest single-day totals since the pandemic began. On Friday, 73 new cases were reported, breaking the one-day record; just nine days ago, Vanderburgh County registered 70 new cases. And on Sunday, it was 68 new cases.

No new deaths were reported Tuesday in Vanderburgh County. There have now been 3,842 cases of the novel coronavirus here since the first known case emerged on March 19.

Vanderburgh County has recorded 31 deaths attributable to COVID-19. Warrick County has reported 43 deaths. There have been five deaths in Gibson County.

The Vanderburgh County Health Department and local government officials have attributed much of the recent spike in cases to Labor Day weekend, noting increases also were observed after Memorial Day and the Fourth of July.

The 20-29 age group represents by far the largest demographic of COVID-19 cases in Vanderburgh County, at 24.3% of the total — although that number has been dropping recently.

The reopening of schools also seems to be a significant factor. The percentage of all COVID-19 cases attributable to school-age individuals has risen since Evansville Vanderburgh School Corporation’s return.

The school-age demographic of children age 0-19 comprises 14.7% of all cases locally. That is significantly higher than the state’s proportion of cases in the 0-19 age bracket, which rests at 13.1%.

Some area schools or entire districts have closed in-school instruction temporarily due to rising COVID-19 cases, including Memorial High School last week and all of the North Posey Schools district this week and Princeton Community High School for the remainder of the week.

On May 21 — when Vanderburgh County had just 228 COVID-19 cases in all — just 3% of cases involved individuals 19 or younger.

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The ISDH dashboard now offers four separate figures for positivity rates — the percentage of people tested who come up positive for COVID-19. The “unique individuals” positivity rate for Vanderburgh Tuesday was reported to be 8.5% cumulatively, and the seven-day rate, covering Sept. 16 to Sept. 22, clocked in at 10.4%.

The “all tests” positivity rate was 4.3% cumulatively and 5.0% over the same seven-day period.

A total of 45,303 individuals in Vanderburgh County have been tested for COVID-19 since March 11, with 64,889 total tests administered.

Local medical and health officials convened last week to warn the public that COVID-19 remains a serious threat despite Indiana moving to Stage 5, the final phase of reopening, Saturday.

Among their warnings: Get your flu shot now, if possible.

The Vanderburgh County Health Department buttressed the warning by issuing a news release Thursday morning emphatically denying what it called an “urban myth” that the flu vaccine reduces a person’s ability to fight COVID-19.

“Some studies have shown that the most heavily vaccinated individuals respond to new threats much better than individuals lacking a history of vaccination,” said the statement signed by health department and local hospital officials.

The state dashboard’s map now displays Gibson County in orange, which means the state has flagged the county as a concern. The data lists a “large number of weekly cases being attributable to congregate settings” with a weekly 240 cases per 100,000 residents and a seven-day “all tests” positivity rate of 6.94%.

The number of COVID-19 cases that remain active in Vanderburgh County is no longer available. The Vanderburgh County Health Department’s dashboard had been providing that number — but the local agency stopped reporting COVID-19 data in July, ceding control of all local data to ISDH. The state agency has taken over local contact tracing and case investigation but doesn’t issue a number of local active cases.

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