These Indiana counties face COVID-19 restrictions after this week's map update
Indiana saw little improvement this week in its color-coded map that determines which counties face COVID-19 restrictions.
The Indiana State Department of Health map updated on Wednesday showed 16 counties in the red category, which shows high community spread of the virus. That's one fewer county than last week.
Most of the state — 75 counties — is categorized as orange for moderate to high spread. That's one more than last week.
For the third week in a row, only one county is categorized as yellow for moderate spread. This week it's Switzerland County.
And, again, none of the state's 92 counties are seeing minimal community spread of the virus.
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Indianapolis and its surrounding counties remain in the orange category. A cluster of eight red counties is in the northeastern part of the state.
The data used for the updated map came from 11:59 p.m. Sunday. The map will update again at noon next Wednesday. The state uses each county's seven-day positivity rate and the weekly number of cases per 100,000 residents to assign colors. See more detail about the map's scoring here.
These county color categorizations are accurate as of Wednesday, Dec. 2.
- La Porte
- St. Joseph
- De Kalb
The colors continue to come with these restrictions:
In orange counties:
- Attendance at winter indoor K-12 extracurricular and cocurricular events is limited to 25% capacity.
- Capacity in common areas and break rooms should be reduced.
- Community recreational sports leagues and tournaments may continue with attendance limited to participants, required personnel and parents/guardians.
- Social gatherings of any kind, inside or outside, are limited to 50 people.
- Special, seasonal or commercial events planned for more than 50 people require approval of a safety plan by the local health department.
In red counties:
- Attendance at winter indoor K-12 extracurricular and co-curricular activities, including IHSAA sports, is limited to participants, support personnel and parents/guardians.
- Local officials may consider limiting hours for the operation of bars, nightclubs and restaurants.
- Community recreational sports leagues and tournaments may continue with participants, required personnel and parents/guardians only.
- Senior care activities are suspended.
- Hospitals, long-term care facilities and other congregate settings may impose visitation limits.
- Common areas and break rooms should be closed.
Local governments may still implement stricter rules.
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