228 Hoosiers died from Coronavirus last week, down slightly from 247 the previous week. A lot of people were out last weekend, and judging from what I saw, the floodgates opened this weekend, so the next two to three weeks should give us a clue as to what the future holds.
New positive cases, however, were way up. from 19,993 to 27,778, or by 7845. The previous week new cases were up by only 4032.
I focus on the increase in deaths because that is a much more real and verifiable number. It’s likely new cases when way up this week while deaths were slightly down was due to more testing. My wife and I, for example, both got tested last week. I’m sure a lot of people are getting tested now that it’s much more widely available.
The reason the testing numbers are important is that many businesses, particularly the larger businesses, are tying their re-opening plans to the Center for Disease Control’s (CDC) re-opening guidelines, which are largely based on decreasing new cases. If that is the case, increasing testing works against re-opening, for no good reasons. Until testing is much more widespread among asymptomatic people, the criteria really should be based more on deaths to get an accurate sense of whether the spread is increasing or decreasing.
Like I said above, the next three weeks or so will tell us a lot. If the medical and scientific experts are right and the national Republicans and anti-American propagandists are wrong, we will likely see increases in both new cases and deaths. Personally, these are the guidelines I am following. I urge you to click on that link, read it, and then follow them as well. The longer we as individuals can go without getting sick, the more likely better treatments, or even a vaccine (if we can avoid it for another year or two), will be available.