PRINCETON — Fifty-four more Gibson County residents received their first dose of COVID-19 vaccination Wednesday, according to data updated Thursday by the Indiana State Department of Health.

Since the vaccine became available, some 1,044 county residents have received the initial dose of Moderna vaccine.

Indiana State Department of Health reports 26 local residents completed their final vaccination Wednesday, bringing the total who are fully vaccinated to 176.

Gibson County Health Department continues to administer vaccinations at the Gibson County Fairgrounds 4-H Building Friday, by appointment only.

COVID-19 testing is also offered at the fairgrounds 4-H building free of charge.

More than 250,000 Indiana residents ages 70 and older had scheduled appointments to receive their first dose of COVID-19 vaccine as of noon Thursday. The number does not include Hoosiers who are being vaccinated in their long-term care facilities, according to ISDH.

Gibson County residents 70 and older or first responders can register by visiting Vaccines are free, but insurance may be charged an administrative fee. Appointments for the second dose are made onsite when the first dose is administered.

While vaccination efforts are picking up traction in the county, the number of new cases keeps climbing. ISDH reported 31 new cases Thursday for a total 3,485 cases including 56 deaths among 12,297 people tested since the beginning of the pandemic.

Gibson County remains at a severe community spread advisory level, which caps attendance at social functions at 25 and limits capacity at sporting events. The county’s rolling seven-day positivity rate Thursday was 21.8% among all tests administered and 44.5% among residents taking the test for the first time.

The Regenstrief Institute reports 224 Gibson County residents have been hospitalized with the virus since the beginning of the pandemic, and 218 have made emergency room visits, with 31 people admitted to intensive care unit beds.

In the first two weeks of 2021, 17 Gibson County residents have been hospitalized, 15 have made emergency room visits and three have been admitted to ICU beds, according to the institute.

In this area, Knox County reports 54 new cases for a total 3,233 cases including 39 deaths among 12, 232 people tested; Daviess County 23 new cases including one new death for a total 2,556 cases including 71 deaths among 10,296 people tested; Pike County 27 new cases for a total 1,113 cases including 25 deaths among 4,335 people tested; Dubois County 50 new cases for a total 5,335 cases including 70 deaths among 17,096 people tested; Warrick County 84 new cases for a total 6,249 cases including 90 deaths among 27,732 people tested; Vanderburgh County 160 new cases including one additional death for a total 18,192 cases including 211 deaths among 85,214 people tested; and Posey County 18 new cases for a total 2,256 cases including 26 deaths among 9,170 people tested.


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