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County remains in ‘orange’

Weekly positivity rates moving in the wrong direction

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Montgomery County remains in the “orange” with the spread of coronavirus, according to the state’s latest color-coded COVID-19 map. But the numbers are still moving in the wrong direction.

The weekly rate of per-capita cases climbed to 594, up from 357 the previous week, the map shows. The seven-day positivity rates for all tests also increased, to 9.04% from 6.41%. The state’s map reflects data through the previous Sunday.

Montgomery County began the month with a positivity rate of about 1%, data show.

An additional 13 cases were reported Wednesday, bringing the total to 1,154 since the beginning of the pandemic, according to the Indiana State Department of Health. No new deaths were reported.

The recent surge in cases has already taxed area hospitals, schools and contact tracers, and health experts are bracing for more spread as families gather for the Thanksgiving holiday.

“Folks at the health department are … working very hard, and I’m afraid it’s just going to get worse,” Montgomery County Health Officer Dr. Scott Douglas said, becoming emotional as he briefed health board members Tuesday.

Meanwhile, work is still underway to open free testing sites in Crawfordsville.

The county health department has received the lease for the former Crawfordsville Family Care offices on West Market Street from Franciscan Alliance, administrator Amber Reed said.

The site is now expected to be opened by early December. A second testing site is being established in the former Horner Automotive Superstore on North Green Street.

Testing is also available weekdays at the API Walk In Clinic, 1641 S. U.S. 231, and from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday-Friday at Ascension St. Vincent Crawfordsville Walk In Care, 1684 Bush Lane.

St. Vincent requires an appointment and patients must be symptomatic to receive a test.

“There will be ample testing available in our community,” Reed said. “By December, if anybody locally wants to get tested, they should be able to get tested.”

Next door in Fountain County, a slight improvement in week-to-week positivity rates moved the county out of the highest-risk “red” zone back into orange on the state’s map.

The positivity rate dropped to 13.11% from 17.68% last week, according to the map. The per-capita weekly cases rose to 838 from 464.

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