COVID-19 positivity rate rising in Jackson County


The Indiana State Department of Health announced Friday that a total of 1,636 Jackson County residents have tested positive for COVID-19, an increase of 46 from Thursday’s reported total.

This puts Jackson County at a positivity rate of 11.6%. The previous day, the positivity rate was 10.9%.

One new death in the county attributed to COVID-19 also has been reported by the state, raising the COVID-19 death toll in Jackson County to 29.

Jackson County is classified as a level 2 county, meaning an orange or heightened warning level for COVID-19 spread. An orange level county is classified between 10 and 14.9% with a red level being above 15%. A red level county is classified as a 3. A county can be categorized at a 2.5 level if a positivity rate is increasing toward a red level.

Positivity rate is determined by a seven-day moving average with a six-day lag. It’s calculated by dividing the total number of positive tests by the total number of tests administered. The reason for the lag is to give time to receive comprehensive results.

The current positivity rate for Jackson County would be for Oct. 31 through Nov. 6.

There have been 19,579 tests administered overall in Jackson County since March 18, an increase of 315 from Thursday’s report.

The results are as of 11:59 p.m. Thursday. The ISDH’s coronavirus dashboard is updated at noon daily.

On Friday, 5,708 additional Hoosiers across the state were diagnosed with COVID-19 through testing at ISDH, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and private laboratories.

That brings to 236,565 the total number of Indiana residents known to have had the novel coronavirus following corrections to the previous day’s total.

Indiana’s total number of deaths attributed to COVID-19 is 4,613 with 50 new deaths being reported Friday.

For the state, a total of 3,414,373 tests have been administered, an increase of 236,565 from Thursday’s reported total.

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