For a while, Boone County officials have felt like the county would go red in terms of spread of COVID-19. Yesterday it happened to no one’s surprise, but now the sanctions imposed by the state are stricter than when the county was designated orange. In order to be designated red, a county only has to have 200 cases per 100,000 and a rate of 15%. There have been more than 5,000 cases and a total of 62 deaths in Boone County. Indiana reports more than 574,000 Hoosiers have contracted COVID-19 and there have been a total of 8,800 deaths. A county will remain red until those metrics are improved two weeks in a row. More details in the Lebanon Reporter.