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Indiana's COVID-19 situation is critical, White House Coronavirus Task Force report says

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Posted at 5:37 PM, Dec 02, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-02 17:37:28-05

INDIANAPOLIS — The current COVID-19 situation is critical and healthcare systems need to "do everything possible" to prepare for a possible post-Thanksgiving resurgence of cases, according to a White House Coronavirus Task Force report obtained by ABC News.

Every county in Indiana has moderate or high levels of community transmission, according to the report. At least 93% of counties have high levels of community spread. Marion, Lake, and Allen counties had the highest number of new cases.

Indiana had 632 new cases of COVID-19 per 100,000 people, according to the report. The national average is 349 per 100,000 people.

The public also needs to improve its social distancing efforts and limit travel over the next several weeks to help prevent additional outbreaks, according to the report.

"We share the strong concern of Indiana leaders that the current situation is critical and that the population and health care system must do everything possible to prepare for and limit a post-Thanksgiving resurgence," the report read.

Those under 40 who traveled or gathered with people outside of their households for Thanksgiving should assume they have been infected. Those over 65 or have underlying health conditions should not be in indoor places where people aren't wearing masks and have things, like groceries and prescriptions, delivered when possible.

Short-term efforts to slow the spread, like restricting indoor dining, and limiting and or closing congregation areas where masks aren't worn, are needed, according to the report.