The Indiana State Department of Health announced Friday that 4,836 Jackson County residents have tested positive for COVID-19, an increase of 11 from Thursday’s total.

The positivity rate for Jackson County is at 9.9%, a 0.7% increase from Thursday’s percentage of 9.2%, according to the department’s COVID-19 dashboard.

This update to the county’s positivity rate means Jackson County currently has the highest positivity rate in the state.

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 20 to 26.

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

One new death attributed to COVID-19 was reported in Jackson County on Friday, meaning the county’s death toll increases to 69.

There have been 53,408 COVID tests administered to 18,277 individuals in the county since March 18, 2020, an increase of 190 from Thursday’s total.

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

Also Friday, the state’s COVID-19 vaccination dashboard reported 10,705 or 24.2% of 44,231 Jackson County residents have received their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, and 7,424 or 16.7% of county residents have been fully vaccinated.

In Jackson County, 435 residents have received the Johnson and Johnson single-dose vaccine.

Since Dec. 14, 1,730,567 Hoosiers have received their first dose, while 1,197,229 are fully vaccinated. There have been 72,441 Hoosiers who have received the Johnson and Johnson vaccine.

On Friday, 1,256 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 688,916 following corrections to the previous day’s total.

The state’s total number of deaths attributed to COVID-19 is 12,662 with 20 new deaths being reported Friday.

For the state, a total of 8,975,412 tests have been administered, an increase of 37,612 from Thursday’s total.
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