County positivity rate nearing red level at 13.8%


By Mitchell Banks

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The Indiana State Department of Health announced Monday that 5,411 Jackson County residents have tested positive for COVID-19, an increase of nine from Sunday’s total.

The positivity rate for Jackson County is at 13.8%, a 2.5% increase from Sunday’s 11.3%, 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 Aug. 3 to 8.

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

If a county’s positivity rate is above 15%, it is classified as a red level threat. Orange level counties have positivity rates between 10 and 14.9%.

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

There have been 64,628 COVID tests administered to 20,684 individuals in the county since March 18, 2020, an increase of 234 from Sunday’s total.

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

Also Monday, the state’s COVID-19 vaccination dashboard reported 17,657 or 38% of 46,428 Jackson County residents have received their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, and 18,137 or 39% of county residents have been fully vaccinated.

Since Dec. 14, 3,029,732 Hoosiers have received their first dose, while 3,014,224 are fully vaccinated.

On Monday, 1,902 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 803,403 following corrections to the previous day’s total.

The state’s total number of deaths attributed to COVID-19 is 13,714 with no new deaths reported Monday.

For the state, a total of 11,641,847 tests have been administered, an increase of 20,090 from Sunday.

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