FOUNTAIN, Ind. (WLFI)-Fountain county is once again a COVID-19 hotspot in the state of Indiana. The county has been struggling with keeping their numbers down for the last few weeks.
"When Fountain county was red a couple of weeks ago, at that time it was easier for us to target what populations in the community where the source of the spread," said Dr. Sean Sharma the Health Officer for the Fountain and Warren Health Department
This time around that isn't finding the source of the spread isn’t as easy. However, Dr. Sharma believes the two instances of the county being red are related.
"My suspicion based on the contact tracing that we have done, is that many of those cases lead to a large increase in community spread,” said Dr. Sharma.
However, when State Health Commissioner Dr. Kristina Box was asked about it, she had a different idea as to what may be the problem.
"There is a significant resistance to social distancing and wearing masks,” said Dr. Box. “Many people in that area have this concept and belief system that the pandemic was going to get better once the election was over. "
While Sharma says he has seen those attitudes taken towards the pandemic in his community, he feels there is more at play.
"Warren County and Fountain are also border counties with the state of Illinois so we have to consider cross-state traffic," added Dr. Sharma.
Dr. Box says everyone has to buy into the pandemic protocol for it to work.
"It takes a buy-in from everybody in the community to work together whether that's the hospital system, the elected officials and the public health individuals," said Dr. Box
Dr. Sharma feels there need to be actual restrictions in place from leaders on all levels of government.
"We need support from other elected leaders on a national level, on a state level on a local level and most importantly we need the public's support," said Dr. Sharma.
Fayette and Dubois Counties are also red on the color-coded map making them both hot spots in the state as well. Counties that are listed as red are identified as having 200 or more cases per 100 thousand residents. They also have a 7-day positivity rate of 15 percent or greater.
On Wednesday Fountain county reported having 4 new cases with a total of 428. Next week the county will be putting in new recommendations for people to follow. Click here to see what those are.