County COVID-19 numbers still declining


The state announced Thursday that 3,364 Jackson County residents have tested positive for COVID-19, an increase of 48 from Wednesday’s total.

The positivity rate for Jackson County now stands at 12.7%, a 0.4% decrease from Wednesday’s percentage.

Jackson County is now classified as a level 2.5 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%. An orange level county is classified as a 2, and a red level county is a 3. If a county’s positivity rate is close to a red level, it’s classified at level 2.5.

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 Dec. 4 to Dec. 10.

No new deaths attributed to COVID-19 were reported in Jackson County on Wednesday, meaning the death toll remains at 41.

A COVID-19 related death hasn’t been reported in the county since Dec. 8.

There have been 30,756 tests administered to 14,446 individuals in Jackson County since March 18, an increase of 315 from Wednesday’s total.

The latest results were as of 11:59 p.m. Wednesday. The Indiana State Department of Health’s coronavirus dashboard is updated at noon daily.

On Thursday, 6,458 additional Hoosiers across the state were diagnosed with COVID-19 through testing at the ISDH, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and private laboratories.

This brings to 447,190 the total number of Hoosiers 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 6,860 with 79 new deaths being reported Thursday.

For the state, a total of 5,102,994 tests have been administered, an increase of 53,199 from Wednesday’s total.

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