The vast majority of Indiana is covered by a new federal eviction freeze after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued a moratorium targeting counties hardest hit by COVID-19.
All but eight Indiana counties are included in the new action due to their substantial or high levels of COVID-19 transmission. The eight that aren’t covered are Brown, Daviess, LaGrange, Martin, Ohio, Randolph, Union and Wayne.
That could change based on each county’s coronavirus transmission rates in the next 60 days.
As of Tuesday, each of those eight counties had moderate levels of transmission, according to the CDC. Under the new order, if a county initially not included experiences a significant uptick in community spread of the virus, the eviction ban will apply to it on the day the substantial or high transmission level begins.
It works the other way, too. If a county covered by the eviction ban now no longer has substantial or high transmission for 14 consecutive days, the order will expire.
The CDC defined substantial transmission as counties with 50-99 cumulative cases per 100,000 people or a positivity rate between 8-9.9% in the past seven days.
The agency’s threshold for a high transmission rate includes counties with cases greater than, or equal to, 100 cases per 100,000 people or a positivity rate of 10% or higher.
Most of Indiana has substantial or high transmission, according to the CDC’s map. None of the counties have low transmission.
Overall, Indiana’s case rate stands at 115 cases per 100,000 people in the last seven days, according to the CDC, and a seven-day positivity rate between 10% an14.9%
About 91% of Indiana counties have substantial or high transmission, which is higher than the percentage of all U.S. counties showing substantial or high transmission, at nearly 81%.
Before the CDC announced the new action, President Joe Biden told reporters the moratorium was likely to be challenged in court.
The previous federal evictions freeze expired Saturday. The CDC extended the moratorium three times throughout the pandemic. The new order will expire Oct. 3.
CDC leaders are urging U.S. residents to get vaccinated, saying breakthrough cases of COVID-19 among the inoculated is rare. To schedule a COVID-19 vaccine in Indiana, call 211 or visit ourshot.in.gov.
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