ISDH sending strike team to county


By Mitchell Banks | The Tribune

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The Indiana State Department of Health is sending a strike team to Jackson County this week to provide COVID-19 testing and vaccinations.

This is in response to the county being a red level threat for COVID-19 spread.

The Point, located at 311 Myers St., Seymour, will be hosting the strike team from noon to 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

No appointment will be necessary, and attendees are expected to stay in their vehicles.

Rapid antigen and PCR tests will be available. The two-dose Pfizer vaccine and single-dose Johnson and Johnson vaccine will be available.

Anyone 18 and older can receive the Pfizer vaccine as well as anyone from ages 12 to 17 with parental consent. Only those who are 18 and older are eligible to receive the Johnson and Johnson vaccine.

There are no costs to get a COVID-19 test or vaccination.

The ISDH announced Wednesday that 6,174 Jackson County residents have tested positive for COVID-19, an increase of 86 from Tuesday’s total.

The positivity rate for Jackson County is at 15.8%, a 0.8% decrease from Tuesday’s 16.6%, 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 Aug. 26 to Sept. 1.

After an update to the ISDH’s county metrics map Wednesday, Jackson County is classified as a level 3 county and a red level threat.

No new deaths attributed to COVID-19 were reported in Jackson County on Wednesday, leaving the county’s death toll at 79.

There have been 71,759 COVID tests administered to 22,422 individuals in the county since March 18, 2020, an increase of 86 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 18,710 or 40.2% of 46,428 Jackson County residents have received their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, and 19,120 or 41.1% of county residents have been fully vaccinated.

Since Dec. 14, 3,160,508 Hoosiers have received their first dose, while 3,141,035 are fully vaccinated.

On Wednesday, 2,952 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 889,362 following corrections to the previous day’s total.

The state’s total number of deaths attributed to COVID-19 is 14,258 with 86 new deaths reported Wednesday.

For the state, a total of 12,627,901 tests have been administered, an increase of 29,388 from Tuesday.

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