CDC allows vaccinated Americans to gather


The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced Monday that when a person is fully vaccinated, they are able to visit other vaccinated people indoors and without a mask.

The CDC still recommends that fully vaccinated people wear face masks, avoid large gatherings and practice social distancing when in public.

A person is considered fully vaccinated two weeks after getting their last required vaccine dose.

On Tuesday, the state’s COVID-19 vaccination dashboard reported 7,278 or 16.4% of 44,231 Jackson County residents have received their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, and 4,775 or 10.7% of county residents have been fully vaccinated.

This is an increase of 78 county residents receiving their first dose since Sunday. One hundred twenty-nine more have been fully vaccinated.

Since Dec. 14, 1,154,141 Hoosiers have received their first dose, while 724,587 are fully vaccinated.

The Indiana State Department of Health announced Tuesday that 4,662 Jackson County residents have tested positive for COVID-19, an increase of four from Monday’s total.

The positivity rate for Jackson County is at 2.2%, a 0.5% decrease from Monday’s percentage of 2.7%, according to the department’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. 24 to March 2.

Jackson County is classified as a level 0.5 county and is a blue level threat. To be a blue level threat, a county must maintain a positivity rate lower than 5%.

No new deaths attributed to COVID-19 were reported in Jackson County on Tuesday, leaving the county’s death toll at 67.

There have been 50,585 COVID tests administered to 17,724 individuals in the county since March 18, 2020, an increase of 109 from Monday’s total.

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

On Tuesday, 593 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 668,308 following corrections to the previous day’s total.

The state’s total number of deaths attributed to COVID-19 is 12,335 with 22 new deaths being reported Tuesday.

For the state, a total of 8,274,948 tests have been administered, an increase of 19,870 from Monday’s total.

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