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COVID vaccine to be offered at schools

COVID vaccine to be offered at schools COVID vaccine to be offered at schools

The Harrison County Health Dept. is working with the three public school corporations in the county to offer the COVID-19 vaccinations to eligible students.

The tentative date will be Friday, May 7, according to Carrie Herthel, administrator of the health department.

Since last week, an additional 782 Harrison County residents are considered to be fully vaccinated; that brings the total to 11,787. Another 259 residents received their first dose of the two-part vaccine.

Statewide, 1,765,242 Hoosiers are considered fully vaccinated after 171,527 were added to the count since last week. There were 111,470 residents who received their first vaccine since last week.

The number of counties designated blue — the lowest of the four color-coded zones — increased by four within the past week, bringing the total to 46; Harrison remains one of them. However, six more counties jumped up to orange status, the second to highest based on positivity rate for the coronavirus. Last week just one of the state’s 92 counties was orange. The seven counties are all in northern Indiana.

The remaining 39 counties are coded yellow.

Harrison County reported no new deaths since last week, and an additional 14 people tested positive for the virus, bringing the total to 4,303 since the pandemic started nearly 14 months ago. A total of 12,883 Hoosiers have died from the virus, an increase of 57 since the previous week, with another 410 considered clinical deaths.

Throughout the state, there have been 716,306 positive cases reported, an increase of 6,851 in the last week.

In Indiana, an additional 198,299 tests for the virus were performed in the past week, bringing the total number to 9,676,561. In Harrison County, another 144 tests were performed within the past week, making the total 19,324.

Vaccination clinics are still making appointments for giving the vaccine. To schedule an appointment, visit https://ourshot.in.gov or call 211 if you do not have access to a computer or require assistance.

For more information about COVID-19 in Indiana, visit the Indiana State Dept. of Health website at https://in.gov/coronavirus.

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