COVID numbers put Harrison back in yellow status
Health officials announced last Tuesday evening that Harrison County had transitioned from blue to yellow status due to an upward trend in the number of positive COVID-19 cases it is seeing.
The county had been a blue status — the lowest of the four (blue, yellow, orange and, the highest, red) since April 20, after being in yellow.
In the past week, the number of Harrison Countians who have been tested for the virus reached 20,876, up from 20,775. Since March of 2020, there have been 4,535 positive cases reported, with 50 of those in the last week.
The number of county residents who have died from COVID, as reported by the Harrison County Health Dept., remains at 78; that’s the same number as reported since late June. Two of those are described as clinical deaths, meaning the person likely was positive for the virus but had not been tested.
Indiana Dept. of Health officials also reported seeing a rise in the number of positive COVID cases, saying the trend is in large part due to the Delta variant.
The increase saw the number of blue counties drop from 67 last week to 40 this week, increasing the number of yellow counties from 22 to 48; there are now four counties designated as orange, increase of one from the previous week. There are no counties with a red status.
The Delta variant is now the primary variant in the state, and the Indiana Dept. of Health is reporting that 74.2% of the sequenced specimens are the Delta variant.
According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, reports from hospitals in multiple states detail how, unlike previous COVID surges, patients are now younger with fewer underlying health conditions, arriving sicker and becoming worse more quickly.
Health officials say the best way to protect yourself and those around you from COVID-19 is to get the COVID-19 vaccine.
In Harrison County, 16,036 people are considered to be fully vaccinated, an increase of 171 since last week. The number of residents who have received their first dose of a two-part vaccine is 15,443, up 212 in the past week.
Statewide, 2,910,108 Hoosiers have received their first dose of the vaccine; that’s an increase of 37,283 over the previous week. Another 28,186 persons are considered fully vaccinated, bringing the total to 2,930,718.
Breakthrough cases remain to be a very small portion (0.095%) of the fully vaccinated population. In June, 95% of cases occurred in those who were unvaccinated and 97% of COVID- related deaths occurred in those who were unvaccinated.
Individuals ages 12 and older are eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccine. Individuals 12 through 17 years of age must register at a Pfizer vaccine site. Individuals can register online at https://ourshot.in.gov, by calling 211 or, locally, by calling the Harrison County Health Dept. at 812-738-3237, option 1 or 2.
For the most up-to-date information about COVID-19 in Indiana, visit the ISDH website at https://in.gov/coronavirus.