County positivity rate shoots up to 11.9%


By Mitchell Banks

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The Indiana State Department of Health announced Thursday that 5,341 Jackson County residents have tested positive for COVID-19, an increase of 36 from Wednesday’s total.

The positivity rate for Jackson County is at 11.9%, a 2.3% increase from Wednesday’s 9.6%, 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 July 30 to Aug. 5.

Jackson County is currently classified as a level 1.5 county and a yellow level threat.

No deaths attributed to COVID-19 were reported in Jackson County on Thursday, leaving the county’s death toll at 77.

There have been 63,727 COVID tests administered to 20,499 individuals in the county since March 18, 2020, an increase of 183 from Wednesday’s total.

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

Also Thursday, the state’s COVID-19 vaccination dashboard reported 17,508 or 39.5% of 44,231 Jackson County residents have received their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, and 18,005 or 40.7% of county residents have been fully vaccinated.

Since Dec. 14, 3,009,691 Hoosiers have received their first dose, while 2,996,750 are fully vaccinated.

On Thursday, 3,186 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 794,077 following corrections to the previous day’s total.

The state’s total number of deaths attributed to COVID-19 is 13,686 with six new deaths reported Thursday.

For the state, a total of 11,525,434 tests have been administered, an increase of 37,119 from Wednesday.

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