Health officials say COVID-19 cases increasing in Bartholomew County

COLUMBUS, Ind. — Local health officials say Bartholomew County is amid another rise in COVID-19 cases that they expect to continue for the next few weeks and are urging residents to get vaccinated, consider masking and avoid large indoor gatherings.

The rise in cases, which officials characterized as a “fair amount of increase,” is expected to continue for at least the next two to three weeks, though the severity of the wave of infections is uncertain. Currently, the number of COVID-19 hospitalizations at Columbus Regional Hospital remains at a “manageable” level, officials said.

“Unfortunately it appears that we are in the midst of another increase in COVID cases in Indiana,” said Bartholomew County Health Officer Dr. Brian Niedbalski. “The forecast is for a continued increase for the next two to three weeks, although it is uncertain if this will extend beyond three weeks. It is also uncertain how steep of a rise we will see at the local level.”

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