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Number vaccinated against virus increases

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Number vaccinated against virus increases
Number vaccinated against virus increases
A drive-thru site for the COVID-19 vaccination is set up at First Capitol Christian Church in south Corydon. Photo by Kaitlyn Clay

While the number of positive cases of COVID-19 increases, so does the number of persons to be vaccinated against the virus.

As of Monday, 2,460 Harrison County residents have received their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine and 506 have received their second dose and are now fully vaccinated, according to the county’s health department.

Since last week, the number of county residents to test positive rose by 194, bringing the total to 3,530. An additional 512 residents have been tested for the coronavirus, putting the number of unique individuals tested at 16,615.

The health department reported four additional deaths — a 93-year-old male, a 82-year-old female, a 78-year-old male and a 54-year old male, all with underlying health conditions — in the past week, putting the total number of deaths at 47, which include two clinical deaths (a probable COVID-19 case when a physician diagnoses a patient as having COVID-19 but no test was documented).

Statewide, the number of deaths reached 9,432, an increase of 340 in the last week, with the number of likely deaths at 375, up one from the week prior.

The total number of tests performed reached 6,787,227, an increase of 288,465, with 614,946 reported as positive, up 19,510 since last week.

Harrison County remains designated as red although the seven-day positivity rate dropped from 17.84% to 13.9%.

Local health officials said the vaccine is now available to individuals age 70 and older, as well as to licensed and unlicensed health care workers and first responders who have face-to-face interactions with patients or infectious material or work in a public-facing position that requires in-person contact.

A photo ID, proof of age or verification of current employment as a health care worker or first responder in Indiana will be required. Masks are required. Vaccinations will be administered at First Capital Christian Church located at 305 Oliver St. in Corydon and by appointment only.

The complete list of those eligible now is posted at https://ourshot.in.gov. Individuals who need assistance with registration should contact Indiana 211 by calling 1-866-211-9966.

Homebound Hoosiers who are eligible to receive the vaccine, or those assisting them, can go online to [email protected].

People who have been vaccinated may still be able to infect others, so even those who are vaccinated should continue wearing a mask and quarantining if they are a close contact of a positive case.

The best ways to protect yourself and others are to:

Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.

Avoid touching your face with unwashed hands.

Avoid close contact with people who are sick.

Stay home when you’re sick.

Cover your cough or sneeze.

Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.

The Optum Serve COVID-19 indoor testing site has been extended through the end of February for Indiana residents who wish to be tested and are 1 years of age and older. Insurance information will be collected, if available, but the testing is free of charge.

Harrison’s County Optum Serve site is at the Crandall Community Center, located at 6120 Main St. NE, thanks to the Crandall Community Center in partnership with the Harrison County Health Dept.

Online registration is the preferred method for making an appointment. This can be done at https://lhi.care/covidtesting.

Phone-based registration for persons without internet access, or to register minors for testing, can be completed by calling 1-888-634-1116.

Those using the Harrison County Poolside Park testing site in Corydon are asked to pre-register and to complete the registration questions prior to arriving at the test site.

Those who are unable to pre-register may experience longer-than-usual wait times.

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