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COVID vaccine age drops to 60

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COVID vaccine age drops to 60 COVID vaccine age drops to 60

Indiana residents 60 to 64 are now among those who are eligible to schedule a COVID-19 vaccination appointment. They join those Hoosiers 65 and older, long-term care residents, first responders (firefighters, police officers, emergency medical services, reservists and correctional officers) and licensed and unlicensed health care workers who have in-person contact with patients or infectious material in any health care setting.

In Harrison County, vaccinations are being administered, by appointment only, at First Capital Christian Church in Corydon. Appointments can be made online at ourshot.in.gov. Individuals who need assistant with registration can contact Indiana 211 by calling 1-866-211-9966.

To date, 5,906 Harrison County residents have received their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, and 2,190 have received their second dose and are now fully vaccinated.

The Indiana University Center for Rural Engagement will connect rural residents with local and statewide health experts to share information about COVID-19 vaccines and answer questions. ‚ÄúRural Indiana‚Äôs Shot: A COVID-19 Vaccine Discussion‚ÄĚ will be a virtual panel discussion tomorrow (Thursday) at 7 p.m.

Panelists will include Dr. Yolanda Yoder, a physician at Southern Indiana Community Health Care; Dr. Lana Dbeibo, an assistant professor of clinical medicine at the IU School of Medicine; Graham McKeen, assistant university director of public and environmental health at I.U.; and Dr. Lindsay Weaver, chief medical officer at the Indiana Dept. of Health. The discussion will be moderated by Katherine Pope, health liaison at the IU Center for Rural Engagement.

‚ÄúCOVID-19 has turned our lives upside down, and the virus‚Äô impacts have rippled across our state, from individual and public health crises and local business challenges to education disruption,‚ÄĚ said Kerry Thomson, executive director of the IU Center for Rural Engagement.

‚ÄúWith the development and distribution of vaccines for the novel coronavirus, residents have questions about how the vaccine will affect their personal and family‚Äôs health as well as activities in their communities,‚ÄĚ Thomson said. ‚ÄúThis event offers an opportunity to elevate and address those questions.‚ÄĚ

Panelists will share information about the science behind the vaccines and their development, the role the vaccine play in getting back to normal, the vaccine’s side effects and other medical information to consider, and insights regarding rural Indiana’s access to the vaccines.

Hosted as a webinar via the Zoom platform, the event will give attendees the opportunity to ask questions in advance as well as during the live program. The program will also be broadcast via Facebook Live on the IU Center for Rural Engagement’s Facebook page.

Registration and more information about the event are available online at https://events.iu.edu/rural/event/170549-1.

As of Monday, the Harrison County Health Dept. reported 3,951 confirmed cases of COVID-19, an increase of 63 since the previous week, with another 175 residents being tested, bringing the total to 17,756.

Statewide, the number of positive cases increased 6,507, to 657,037, in the past week. The number of tests performed reached 7,815,751, up 221,910 over last week.

The number of Harrison Countians who have died from the virus remains at 60, with two of those being clinical deaths. A clinical death is a probable COVID-19 case when a physician diagnoses a patient as having COVID-19 but no test was documented.

Another 220 Hoosiers died in the past week from the virus, bringing the total to 12,025. The state health department reports 425 likely deaths, an adjustment from 426 the previous week.

Harrison County is now in the yellow zone, based on positivity rate. The health department uses four zones ‚ÄĒ blue (lowest), yellow, orange and red (highest) ‚ÄĒ to track each county‚Äôs metrics. Eleven of the state‚Äôs 92 counties are now blue and eight are orange. The remainder are yellow.

Visit the ISDH website at https://in.gov/coronavirus for the most up-to-date information about COVID-19 in Indiana.

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