Hoosiers 40 and up eligible for vaccine


On Monday, Hoosiers age 40 and older could start getting vaccinated due to expanded eligibility guidelines from the Indiana State Department of Health.

To schedule an appointment or get information about the COVID-19 vaccine, go to ourshot.in.gov.

Also Monday, the state’s COVID-19 vaccination dashboard reported 8,734 or 19.7% of 44,231 Jackson County residents have received their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, and 6,498 or 14.6% of county residents have been fully vaccinated.

This is an increase of 24 county residents receiving their first dose since Sunday. Forty-two more have been fully vaccinated.

In Jackson County, 362 residents have received the Johnson and Johnson single-dose vaccine.

Since Dec. 14, 1,442,254 Hoosiers have received their first dose, while 954,578 are fully vaccinated. There have been 42,631 Hoosiers who have received the single-shot Johnson and Johnson vaccine.

The state also announced Monday that 4,726 Jackson County residents have tested positive for COVID-19, an increase of five from Sunday’s total.

The positivity rate for Jackson County is at 4.2%, a 1% increase from Sunday’s 3.2%, 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 March 9 to 15.

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 Monday or over the weekend, leaving the county’s death toll at 67.

There have been 52,150 COVID tests administered to 18,005 individuals in the county since March 18, 2020, an increase of 80 from Sunday’s total.

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

On Monday, 516 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 678,416 following corrections to the previous day’s total.

The state’s total number of deaths attributed to COVID-19 is 12,537 with one new death being reported Monday.

For the state, a total of 8,662,932 tests have been administered, an increase of 13,058 from Sunday’s total.

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