The COVID-19 pandemic is blamed for another two deaths in Daviess County. The Daviess County Health Department now places the death toll as a result of the coronavirus at 27.
“One of those deaths happened over the weekend,” said Daviess County Public Health Nurse Kathy Sullender. “The other happened earlier in the month but we just received the death certificate with the official notification this week. Both victims were over the age of 60. Neither was associated with a nursing home.”
The latest numbers from the health department list 26 new cases bringing the total of COVID cases to 615.
“That was over a three-day period,” said Sullender. “That is quite a few for our county. We may be beginning to see some increase coming from the Labor Day weekend.”
Health officials say that with the warm weather and the long weekend there were probably more get-to-gathers and events and that will most likely drive up the number of COVID cases.
“We are seeing cases reported all over the county,” said Sullender. “About 90% are over the age of 20. It normally takes around 10 to 14 days for people to begin showing symptoms once they have been exposed. I really expect to see our numbers go up in the coming week or so.”
With the weather beginning to turn Sullender says the health department is beginning to get concerned about the potential of adding a flu season to the COVID cases.
“So far, we have not received any reports of flu outbreaks,” she said. “We are definitely recommending that people go ahead and get their flu shot early this year. The shot is different because they have predicted a different strain of flu in the United States this year.”
Daviess and Martin County’s remain in the “orange” range for the spread of COVID-19. Both counties have been downgraded from the “red” range.
Still, the Indiana State Department of Health is sending strike teams to Martin County to do additional testing. The ISDH will be doing COVID testing clinics from 9 a.m. until 6 p.m. through Friday at the Martin County Community Building on U.S. 50.