Like the rest of the state, Hamilton County has recently seen its weekly number of COVID-19 cases decrease significantly.
The county reported 104 new cases on Jan. 24, the lowest total since 81 cases were reported on Nov. 2, 2020. The seven-day moving average of new cases was at 157 on Jan. 24, a drop from 299 reported on Jan. 10.
Christian Walker, Hamilton County Health Dept. emergency preparedness coordinator, said he believes much of the decline in cases has occurred as people have “hunkered down for the winter.”
“The holidays, we knew, were going to be a trying time,” Walker said. “Thankfully we bent but didn’t break.”
Deaths have also fallen, with the last death in the county reported on Jan. 18. The last time the county went a week without reporting a COVID-19 death was late September into early October 2020. A total of 315 people have died from the disease in Hamilton County, with 60.3 percent of all deaths occurring among those 80 and older.
Walker said the recent trends are encouraging but that it’s still important for people to wear face coverings, social distance and continue other practices to prevent the spread of the virus.
“We’re not through the woods yet,” Walker said. “Hopefully everyone can stay the course a little bit longer.”
View the state’s COVID-19 dashboard and statistics per county at coronavirus.in.gov.