PRINCETON — With no new COVID-19 cases among 11 new tests reported Thursday, Gibson County’s rolling seven-day positivity rate dropped to 2.8% for all tests, although it is 11.5% among people tested for the first time.
Some 4,434 positive cases including 93 deaths have been recorded among 15,536 people tested locally since the beginning of the pandemic.
Indiana State Department of Health reports 11,217 Gibson Countians, or 39.4% of the county’s population age 12 and older, have received full vaccination. Some 11,406 residents, or 41% of the population age 12 and older, have received their first shot in a two-dose series.
Vaccinations are offered free of charge to anyone age 12 and older, although anyone under age 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian to give consent.
Locally, vaccinations are offered by the Gibson County Health Department on Wednesdays at the 4-H building at the Gibson County Fairgrounds, by appointment at Deaconess Gibson Hospital and at Williams Brothers, Walmart and Walgreens pharmacies in Princeton. Some pharmacies may not require an appointment, and the health department no longer requires an appointment.
The health department conducts COVID-19 testing at the fairgrounds Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Deaconess Gibson Hospital also offers testing by appointment.
The health department’s vaccination clinic and testing facility will move from the fairgrounds back to the health department facility later this month, although a date has not been established.
ISDH reported Thursday that is will close its contracted testing sites operated by OptumServe Health Services at the end of the month. That contractor launched the testing site in Gibson County last spring, but the local health department assumed operation of testing and vaccinations last summer.
In the area, Knox County reported one new cases for a total 3,755 cases including 90 deaths among 15,162 people tested; Daviess County reported two new cases for a total 3,021 cases including 99 deaths among 12,743 people tested; Pike County reported one new case for a total 1,375 cases including 34 deaths among 5,405 people tested; Dubois County reported two new cases for a total 6,206 cases including 118 deaths among 21,001 people tested; Warrick County no new cases for a total 7,848 cases including 156 deaths among 33,036 people tested; Vanderburgh County reported four new cases for a total 22,530 cases including 398 deaths among 101,197 people tested; and Posey County reported no new cases for a total 2,734 cases including 35 deaths among 10,845 people tested.