12 Indiana counties added to
highest virus risk status
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - Indiana health
officials are expected to discuss who next will be eligible for the
coronavirus vaccine as the state on Wednesday added a dozen more Indiana
counties to those at highest risk level of COVID-19 spread.
The Indiana Department of Health's
updated weekly tracking map now labels 57 of the state's 92 counties the
most dangerous red category, up from 45 a week ago. All other counties are
in the next-riskiest orange rating of the four-level system.
The health department's daily update
added 80 coronavirus deaths to the state's pandemic toll, which has passed
8,700 fatalities including both confirmed and presumed COVID-19 infections.
Gov. Eric Holcomb said Tuesday that
more information about the state's coronavirus vaccination plan would be
released during a Wednesday afternoon news briefing.
Vaccinations of Indiana health care
workers started last month. The health department reported that about 52,000
people received the first dose of a two-shot vaccination in the past week,
pushing Indiana's first dose total to 128,000. Nearly 600 people in the past
week became Indiana's first to complete the two-shot vaccinations.