Local COVID-19 death reported

The state announced Thursday that 3,940 Jackson County residents have tested positive for COVID-19, an increase of 52 from Wednesday’s total.

The positivity rate for Jackson County is at 14.1%, a 0.3% decrease from Wednesday’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. 25 to 31.

One new death attributed to COVID-19 was reported in Jackson County on Thursday, meaning the death toll increases to 45.

There have been 36,322 tests administered to 15,629 individuals in Jackson County since March 18, an increase of 535 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, 7,344 additional Hoosiers were diagnosed with COVID-19 through testing at the ISDH, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and private laboratories.

This brings to 546,499 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 8,452 with 81 new deaths being reported Thursday.

For the state, a total of 5,950,922 tests have been administered, an increase of 56,708 from Wednesday’s total.