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INDIANAPOLIS — Last month, Marion County did see a rise in COVID-19 cases, but now the county has reached a plateau, said Indianapolis Mayor Joe Hogsett.

The case rate for Marion County is in the middle of central Indiana counties, despite hosting the NCAA Tournament and having a larger population.

“We can hold large events safely if we follow the proper safety protocols,” said Hogsett. “So, let’s keep going until we’re done.”

Hogsett said that even though Marion County has reached a plateau, people still need to have their guard up and stay vigilant when it comes to wearing masks, social distancing and getting the vaccine.

“Get your shot,” said Hogsett. “More than anything the vaccine gets us to a full herd immunity without more serious illness or loss of life.”

Dr. Virginia Caine, Marion County Public Health Department Director, said she believes the plateau is happening because people are following public safety guidelines.

For example, she said a week ago, Marion County had about 200 COVID-19 cases per day, but it has dropped to around 152 cases per day.

However, Caine said we are still a long way from herd immunity.

“We now are at 21% of our Marion County residents fully vaccinated through April 18,” said Caine. “We are a fifth of the way where we need to be.”