By Liz Shepherd
WARSAW — More than 7,600 people in Kosciusko County have been fully vaccinated for COVID-19. This is up from 6,600 reported last week.
An estimated 12,647 people in Kosciusko County have been administered their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. More than 870,000 Hoosiers are considered to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19. This is up from 744,000 reported last week.
According to statewide demographics, more than 65% of those fully vaccinated are individuals who are 60 and older. 58% of people fully vaccinated are female.
Kosciusko County’s COVID-19 positivity rate is 2%, according to the Indiana Department of Health dashboard. This is a slight decrease from a 2.2% positivity rate reported last week.
The county has had 112 COVID-19 deaths and 8,678 positive cases.
IDH relies on a color-coded county map that measures percent positivity and new cases per 100,000 residents. The baseline for red is 15%.
Marshall County is back to “yellow” on the two-metric map after being “blue” last week. The county has a 1.8% positivity rate; however, the county has seen 112 weekly COVID-19 cases per 100,000 residents. Due to the higher number of weekly cases per resident, Marshall County has been categorized as “yellow” and must now follow “yellow” guidelines.
The advisory level is used to establish guidelines for counties regarding restrictions on gatherings.
Under Gov. Eric Holcomb’s pandemic requirements, social gatherings of any kind in yellow counties are limited to 100 people.
Statewide, the IDH website shows the number of COVID-19 deaths in Indiana rose to 12,482.
The total positive number of reported COVID-19 cases in Indiana is now at 674,430. More than 8,515,000 COVID-19 tests have been administered to Hoosiers.
Locally, Fulton County has 1,832 positive cases, Wabash County has 3,363 positive cases, and Whitley County has 3,581 positive cases. Marshall County has 5,524 positive cases, Noble County has 5,176 positive cases and Elkhart County has 25,826.
In other northern Indiana counties, Lake County has 49,207 positive cases; Allen County has 36,782 positive cases; and St. Joseph County has 31,046 positive cases.
According to the Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Resource Center, more than 536,000 people in the United States have died due to COVID-19.