New cases of COVID-19 continue their downward trend.

The Indiana Department of Health, via its online COVID-19 dashboard, reported four new cases of the novel coronavirus in Knox County on Friday.

There were just three reported on Thursday, eight on Wednesday and none at all on Tuesday.

The death toll from COVID-19, too, is holding steady at ten, which is where it’s been now for more than a week.

“We’re doing well,” said county health officer Dr. Alan Stewart.

That said, now isn’t the time to become lax when it comes to suggested regulations, he added.

“We have to brace ourselves,” he said, adding that as the weather turns colder, people will be headed back inside, thereby allowing for greater spread of the virus amongst groups and families. “This is the time to wear your mask and socially distance more than ever, especially if we want to keep our numbers down.”

Nearby Hoosier counties, however, aren’t faring quite as well.

Vanderburgh County, for instance, saw 126 new cases reported on Friday alone.

Pike County had just five new cases of COVID-19 reported on Friday but it’s positivity rate stands at more than 17%. Gibson County saw 36 more confirmed cases and has a positivity rate of nearly 14%.

Knox County’s infection rate stands at 4%. Overall, there are 47 active cases here.

Good Samaritan Hospital, Stewart said, continues to see an influx of patients.

There are currently 16 COVID-19 patients being treated there, he said, including eight from Knox County. Four of them are in critical condition; three are on ventilators.

As for the schools, The Vincennes Community School Corp. is reporting two active cases of the coronavirus in its buildings.

The North Knox School Corp. is reporting no active cases at this time; South Knox is reporting just one at the elementary school.

“Our situation is improving,” Stewart said. “But we know it can get worse if we relax.

“We need to protect ourselves so a second surge doesn’t occur.”

The state of Indiana saw 1,832 new cases of COVID-19 on Friday, bringing the total now to 131,493.

There have also been 3,534 deaths, including an additional 19 reported Friday.

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