PRINCETON — Gibson County Public Health Nurse Administrator Diane Hornby confirmed Tuesday that 13 people are in quarantine as the number of COVID-19 cases in the county increased to 41 reported since early March.

According to the local health department, 26 of the 41 cases have recovered and two people died. Of the newest cases, five people are in their 20s, one person in their 30s, four people in their 40s, one person in their 50s, one person in their 60s and one person is in their 80s. Some 1,710 tests have been reported to the Indiana State Department of Health, for a 2.4% positivity rate.

“We do have some clusters of cases that link together,” Hornby noted of the increase in cases.

Of the total cases reported, 27.8% are ages 20-29, 17.1% are ages 50-59, 14.6% are ages 40-49, 14.6% are ages 0-19, 12.2% are ages 30-39, 7.3% are ages 70-79, 4.9% are over 80 and 2.4% are ages 60-69.

Last week, the health department issued a reminder asking citizens to exercise social distancing when in public, and to wear masks.

The health department also encourages the public to schedule free COVID-19 testing available at the Gibson County Fairgrounds through July by registering online at www.LHI.care/covidtesting or phoning 888-634-1116.

Statewide, ISDH reported 45,594 COVID-19 cases since early March, including 2,448 deaths (plus another 192 probable deaths based on clinical diagnosis) among 484,196 tests, for a 9.4% positivity rate.

In this area, Knox County reported 62 cases among 1,855 tests; Daviess 138 cases and 16 deaths among 1,736 tests; Dubois 259 cases and six deaths among 2,802 tests; Warrick 196 cases and 29 deaths among 3,117 tests; Vanderburgh 413 cases and six deaths among 11,888 tests; Posey 32 cases among 986 tests; and Pike six cases among 567 tests.

Gov. Eric Holcomb is scheduled to present a COVID-19 briefing at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, as the state approaches the July 4 potential phase 5 of of the Back on Track Indiana plan.

In southeastern Illinois, the Illinois Department of Public health confirms two cases each in Edwards and Gallatin Counties; four cases each in Richland and Hamilton Counties; seven cases in Lawrence; nine in Saline; 13 cases and one death in Wayne; 18 cases in Crawford and 22 cases in Wabash County.

Email Andrea Howe at andrea@pdclarion.com.

— Email Andrea Howe at andrea@pdclarion.com

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