PRINCETON — Indiana State Department of Health Wednesday widened the population groups who are eligible for the COVID-19 vaccination, making it available to people age 70 and older.

ISDH reported Indiana residents age 70 and older can scheduling appointments by visiting or calling 211 or one of Indiana’s Area Agencies on Aging. Caregivers and family members can make an appointment on behalf of an eligible senior.

Gibson County Health Department’s vaccination clinic at the fairgrounds is booked up this week for the 200 doses of Moderna vaccine received locally, a health department representative reported Tuesday.

The continuing new COVID-19 cases rate locally keeps Gibson County at the state’s “red” for most severe spread designation, placing limits on numbers of in-person social events. All but 19 of the state’s 92 counties are considered “red” for most severe spread of the virus.

With 40 new cases and one additional death reported Wednesday, Gibson County’s total cases increased to 3,454 cases including 56 deaths among 12,235 people tested since the beginning of the pandemic.

The county’s seven-day rolling positivity rate for all tests is 21.6% and the seven-day rolling positivity rate among Gibson Countians tested for the first time is 46.2%.

The Regenstrief Institute reports 221 Gibson Countians have been hospitalized with the virus since early March, 218 have made emergency room visits and 31 have been admitted to intensive care unit beds.

Since Jan. 1, the institute reports 14 local people have been hospitalized, 15 have made emergency room visits and three have been admitted to ICU.

In the area, Knox County reported 18 new cases for a total 3,180 cases including 39 deaths among 12,130 people tested; Daviess County eight new cases for a total 2,528 cases including 70 deaths among 10,255 people tested; Pike County 16 new cases for a total 1,086 cases including 25 deaths among 4,272 people tested; Dubois County 52 new cases for a total 5,286 cases including 70 deaths among 16,997 people tested; Warrick County 56 new cases for a total 6,165 cases including 90 deaths among 27,568 people tested; Vanderburgh County 173 new cases including one additional death for a total 18,033 cases including 210 deaths among 84,880 people tested; and Posey County 28 new cases for a total 2,238 cases including 26 deaths among 9,112 people tested.


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