Threshold for COVID vaccine drops to 65
Persons 65 and older can now schedule to receive the COVID-19 vaccination. This is a two-dose vaccine, with the doses to be received about a month apart to be effective.
Scheduling can be completed online at ourshot.in.gov or by call 866-211-9966 for assistance.
To date, 3,287 Harrison Countians have had the first dose, and 722 have received the second one.
Since last week, Harrison County has dropped from red to orange in status regarding the positivity rate for the virus.
The Harrison County Health Dept. reported 16,993 individuals have been tested for the coronavirus, an increase of 378 since last week. Of those, 3,680 were positive, up 150 from the previous week.
In the last week, two additional residents — an 82-year-old man and a 54-year-old man — have died; both had underlying health conditions, the health department said.
That brings the total number of deaths from the coronavirus to 49, which includes two clinical deaths (where the persons likely died from COVID but no test was performed to confirm).
Statewide, 245 more Hoosiers died from the virus, bringing the total to 9,677 since the previous week. Another 377, up two from last week, are believed to have had the virus at the time of their death.
The number of positive cases rose by 14,957 since the week before, bringing the total to 629,903. A total of 7,067,175 tests have been performed, an increase of 279,948 from last week.
Besides individuals 65 and older, the vaccine is available 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.
For a complete list of those now eligible to receive the vaccine, go to https://ourshot.in.gov.
In Harrison County, vaccinations are being administered, by appointment only, at First Capital Christian Church in Corydon.
Health officials warn that those who have been vaccinated may still be able to infect others so they should continue to wear a mask and, if in close contact of a positive case, quarantine.