COVID-19 cases in Indiana and Monroe County have declined significantly this week, while monkeypox cases rise.
Monroe County reported 68 COVID-19 cases and zero deaths in the past week. Indiana reported 3,905 cases this week and 20 deaths.
Despite these numbers, the transition to at-home tests for many has caused cases to go unreported, including in Monroe County.
Over the summer, IU removed its COVID-19 dashboard. However, students can still get free PCR tests through drop-off testing and up to four free antigen tests per month from vending machines in the Indiana Memorial Union and the McNutt center building.
Anyone older than six months can now receive a COVID-19 vaccine. Vaccination appointments can be made at ourshot.in.gov.
Updated vaccines from Moderna and Pfizer are now available. The vaccine targets the BA.4 and BA.5 coronavirus variants, which have evaded prior versions of the vaccine more easily. These variants currently make up all new coronavirus cases in the U.S.
Individuals are eligible for the updated Pfizer vaccine if they are 12 and older, and eligible for the Moderna vaccine if they are 18 and older. To receive the shot, individuals must have completed the entire COVID-19 vaccine series and wait at least 2 months after the last booster and 3 months after testing positive for COVID-19.
Find the clinics nearby offering the new vaccine here.
There have been 222 cases of monkeypox reported in Indiana since the first case in June. This is an increase of 24 cases in a week, which is more than last week’s increase.
Most cases have been concentrated in central Indiana, with 37.8% of cases affecting those 18 to 29, according to the Indiana monkeypox dashboard.
The first confirmed monkeypox death in the U.S. occurred in Los Angeles County on Sept. 12. Another monkeypox death in the U.S. may have occurred in Texas on Aug. 30, although this is not yet confirmed.
The main symptom of monkeypox is a rash that resembles pimples or blisters. Other symptoms of monkeypox include fever, cough and nasal congestion.
Positive Link at IU Health is offering monkeypox vaccines for high-risk individuals at its weekly vaccine clinic on Tuesdays.