County positivity rate at 12.4%


By Mitchell Banks

The Indiana State Department of Health announced Wednesday that 5,681 Jackson County residents have tested positive for COVID-19, an increase of 51 from Tuesday’s total.

The positivity rate for Jackson County is at 12.4%, a 0.1% decrease from Tuesday’s 12.5%, 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. 12 to 18.

Jackson County is currently classified as a level 2.5 county and an orange level threat.

No new deaths attributed to COVID-19 were reported in Jackson County on Wednesday, leaving the county’s death toll at 78.

There have been 67,083 COVID tests administered to 21,314 individuals in the county since March 18, 2020, an increase of 317 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 18,077 or 38.9% of 46,428 Jackson County residents have received their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, and 18,539 or 39.9% of county residents have been fully vaccinated.

Since Dec. 14, 3,085,734 Hoosiers have received their first dose, while 3,065,718 are fully vaccinated.

On Wednesday, 5,037 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 833,968 following corrections to the previous day’s total.

The state’s total number of deaths attributed to COVID-19 is 13,903 with 19 new deaths reported Wednesday.

For the state, a total of 12,011,885 tests have been administered, an increase of 57,722 from Tuesday.

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