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New COVID Deaths in Vanderburgh and Daviess Counties; Local Positivity Rate Still High

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New COVID-19 related deaths are reported in Vanderburgh and Daviess counties. 

The Indiana Department of Health announced Vanderburgh’s 403rd death of the pandemic, along with 17 new infections.

The county’s seven-day positivity rate among individuals slipped below 18 percent but remained high at 17.7 percent on the Tuesday dashboard.

By comparison, Indiana’s statewide positivity rate was seven-and-a-half percent.

The number of hospitalized COVID patients in the 12-county district of southwest Indiana rose to 35.

Across the state, ten more COVID-related deaths were added – pushing the state’s death toll above 13,500.

In western Kentucky, the Green River District Health Department reported Daviess County’s 191st death of the pandemic.

The agency also tallied 65 new COVID infections between July 9th and the 12th in the seven-county district.

Increases in deaths, infections, and hospitalizations are being blamed on the virus’ delta variant, which health officials say spreads more easily.

Experts say the variant puts unvaccinated people at a higher risk.

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