Local COVID-19 death reported


The state announced Wednesday that 3,568 Jackson County residents have tested positive for COVID-19, an increase of 33 from Tuesday’s total.

The positivity rate for Jackson County is at 11.1%, a 0.3% increase from Tuesday’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 as 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. 10 to 16.

One new death attributed to COVID-19 was reported in Jackson County on Wednesday, meaning the death toll increases to 42.

This is the first COVID-19-related death reported in the county since Dec. 8.

There have been 32,489 tests administered to 14,895 individuals in Jackson County since March 18, an increase of 423 from Tuesday’s total.

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

On Wednesday, 4,731 additional Hoosiers were diagnosed with COVID-19 through testing at the ISDH, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and private laboratories.

This brings to 476,538 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 7,306 with 62 new deaths being reported Wednesday.

For the state, a total of 5,376,575 tests have been administered, an increase of 46,249 from Tuesday’s total.

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