When the state health department released its latest figures at new Wednesday, Montgomery County became only the fourth county in the state to go from a Yellow advisory status to Orange with a score of 2.0. Gibson, Knox and Newton counties are also listed as Orange counties.
The score is part of a metric system from the Indiana Department of Health. The department assigns each county a color based on the average of scores assigned for the number of weekly cases per 100,000 and the seven-day positivity rate.
There are four zones, Blue, Yellow, Orange and Red.
In terms of population and the spread of COVID, the Orange level indicates that Montgomery County’s seven day positivity rate has increased from somewhere between 5 and 9.9 percent to 10 percent.
Montgomery County also is one of 10 counties in the state that averages between 100 and 199 cases per week per 100,000 residents. The remaining 82 counties all have fewer cases on average.
County health officials told The Paper that the increase of COVID cases locally is likely from a combination of the spread of the Delta variant and the low vaccination rate among the non-elderly. They said the Delta variant was detected locally about a month ago.
Since the pandemic began, the county has seen 4,532 cases of COVID, resulting in 92 deaths. We have had 19,705 tests performed locally.
Comparatively, Putnam County has had 3,819 cases with 62 deaths, Parke County has 1,525 cases and 16 fatalities, Fountain has 2,326 and 40, Tippecanoe has 23,290 and 230, Clinton 4,515 and 55, Boone 7,127 and 105 and Hendricks has 17,972 and 321.
None of the surrounding counties were moved from the Yellow level this week.