County reclassified as an orange level threat

The Indiana State Department of Health announced Wednesday that 4,868 Jackson County residents have tested positive for COVID-19, an increase of two from Tuesday’s total.

The positivity rate for Jackson County is at 8.5%, a 0.7% decrease from Tuesday’s percentage of 9.2%, 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 25 to 31.

After an update to the ISDH’s county metrics map Wednesday, Jackson County is classified as a level 2 county and an orange level threat.

Jasper and Jackson are the only two counties in Indiana that are orange level threats.

No new deaths attributed to COVID-19 were reported in Jackson County on Wednesday, meaning the county’s death toll remains at 69.

There have been 53,889 COVID tests administered to 18,382 individuals in the county since March 18, 2020, an increase of 128 from Tuesday’s total.

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

Also Wednesday, the state’s COVID-19 vaccination dashboard reported 11,217 or 25.3% of 44,231 Jackson County residents have received their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, and 7,775 or 17.5% of county residents have been fully vaccinated.

In Jackson County, 507 residents have received the Johnson and Johnson single-dose vaccine.

Since Dec. 14, 1,827,696 Hoosiers have received their first dose, while 1,291,190 are fully vaccinated. There have been 98,309 Hoosiers who have received the Johnson and Johnson vaccine.

On Wednesday, 1,260 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 693,452 following corrections to the previous day’s total.

The state’s total number of deaths attributed to COVID-19 is 12,694 with 15 new deaths being reported Wednesday.

For the state, a total of 9,078,051 tests have been administered, an increase of 32,177 from Tuesday’s total.