Indiana’s top health officials joined the Governor in a weekly update of the state’s COVID-19 situation on Wednesday, saying Hoosiers should “stay the course” and “we will get to the other side of this pandemic. We just need time.”
Dr. Kristina Box, the state’s Department of Health Commissioner, says the state’s overall positivity rate is sitting at 16.1%.
She says more than 300 people are being admitted to the hospital each day with COVID or COVID-like symptoms, and more than 400 coronavirus deaths were added in the state in the past week.
Dr. Box says “the vaccine is our hope, but it isn’t going to provide widespread protection to our communities until we have a larger number of people vaccinated.” She also said the state is not sitting on the vaccine, and never well.
At the moment, Indiana is one of at least 10 states where a new variant of the COVID-19 virus has been detected.