County reclassified as an orange-level threat


The state announced Wednesday that 3,888 Jackson County residents have tested positive for COVID-19, an increase of 24 from Tuesday’s total.

The positivity rate for Jackson County is at 14.4%, a 0.2% decrease from Tuesday’s percentage.

Jackson County is classified as a level 2.5 county, meaning an orange 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 also is determined by a seven-day moving average with a six-day lag. The reason for the lag is to give time to receive comprehensive results.

The current positivity rate for Jackson County would be for Dec. 24 to 30.

No new deaths attributed to COVID-19 were reported in Jackson County on Wednesday, meaning the death toll remains at 44.

There have been 35,789 tests administered to 15,526 individuals in Jackson County since March 18, an increase of 288 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, 6,214 additional Hoosiers were diagnosed with COVID-19 through testing at the ISDH, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and private laboratories.

This brings to 539,229 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 8,371 with 80 new deaths being reported Wednesday.

For the state, a total of 5,894,505 tests have been administered, an increase of 49,315 from Tuesday’s total.

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