Lawrence County escalates to RED level status after an increase in COVID-19 cases

LAWRENCE CO. – The Indiana Department of Health is reporting that Lawrence County has progressed to the red status advisory level with 76 new positive cases along with two deaths reported on August 24.

This brings the total COVID-19 cases to 5,867 with 138 deaths in Lawrence County.

As of Wednesday’s report from the Indiana Department of Health, most of Indiana’s counties are in the orange, 16 counties have reached the red level, with only 9 of the counties standing in the yellow status.

Under the red advisory level, the state health department will convene local health officials, health care providers, and other key stakeholders to discuss actions that will be taken.

Lawrence County’s positivity rate on all tests over the last 17 days is 17.4 percent.

According to Lawrence County Emergency Management Director Valarie Lachuer, there have been no changes to the requirements except for the potential for some jury trials that may have to be changed as per the Indiana Supreme Courts’ orders. The Lawrence County Commissioners policies implemented recently are still in place with no changes at this time.

Residents are asked to be extra careful at public gatherings using masks, social distancing. Residents are encouraged to get vaccinated.