Brownstown library reopening Monday


The Brownstown Public Library board of trustees recently voted to reopen the library to the public Monday.

The library will be open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday and from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays. It will be closed Sundays.

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, face masks will be required for entry. Curbside service will still be available.

The state announced Friday that 4,641 Jackson County residents have tested positive for COVID-19, an increase of five from Thursday’s total.

The positivity rate for Jackson County is at 2.8%, a 0.4% decrease from Thursday’s 3.2%, according to the Indiana State Department of Health’s COVID-19 dashboard.

The rate is determined by a seven-day moving average with a six-day lag to give time to receive comprehensive results. The current positivity rate for the county would be for Feb. 13 to 19.

After an update to the ISDH’s county metrics map, Jackson County is now classified as a level 0.5 county and is a blue level threat. Thirty-nine of Indiana’s 92 counties are now classified in the blue level. Only three are orange level threats. None are red level threats.

To be a blue level threat, a county must maintain a positivity rate lower than 5%.

One new death attributed to COVID-19 was reported in Jackson County on Friday, meaning the death toll increases to 65.

There have been 48,806 COVID tests administered to 17,515 individuals in the county since March 18, 2020, an increase of 160 from Thursday’s total.

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

According to the ISDH’s Indiana COVID-19 vaccination dashboard, 6,676 or 15% of 44,231 Jackson County residents have received their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, and 3,061 or 6.9% of county residents have been fully vaccinated.

This is an increase of 143 county residents receiving their first dose since Thursday. Two hundred sixty-eight more have been fully vaccinated.

Since Dec. 14, 963,225 Hoosiers have received their first dose, while 531,962 are fully vaccinated.

On Friday, 963 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 the total number of Hoosiers known to have had the novel coronavirus to 660,071 following corrections to the previous day’s total.

Indiana’s total number of deaths attributed to COVID-19 is 12,098 with 33 new deaths being reported Friday.

For the state, a total of 7,942,952 tests have been administered, an increase of 40,541 from Thursday’s total.

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