JASPER — Ninety-three new COVID-19 cases reported in Dubois County Friday brings the total number of new local cases to 316 this week.

Indiana Department of Health’s data dashboard shows a total 9,843 local COVID-19 cases including 151 deaths among 29,458 people tested since the beginning of the pandemic.

While the county’s community spread metrics for the virus are at the “orange” advisory level for moderate to severe spread, the positivity rate is increasing. The local rolling seven-day positivity rate is 16.7% for all tests and 25.3% among people tested for the first time.

Of the reported cases, the state reports Dubois County’s highest percentage (16.2%) is among the age 20-29 demographic, followed by ages 50-59 (15.6%), 30-39 (15.2%), ages 40-49 (13.6%), ages 60-69 (10.5%), ages 12-17 (7.7%), ages 70-79 (5.6%), ages 80 and older (4%), ages 18-19 (3.1%), ages 1-4 (2.3%).

Forty% of the county’s COVID-19 deaths are age 80 and older, while 23.2% are ages 70-79, 17.9% among ages 60-69, 9.9% among ages 50-59, 1.3% for ages 40-49 and .7% among ages 30-39.

IDoH reports 59.3% of the county’s eligible population is fully vaccinated. Anyone age 5 and older is eligible for free vaccination, although minors are limited to the pediatric version of the Pfizer brand vaccine.

In the area, Daviess County reports 42 new cases and one additional death for a total 5,696 cases including 124 deaths among 18,759 people tested; Pike County 20 new cases for 2,855 cases including 45 deaths among 7,942 people tested; Warrick County 167 new cases including one additional death for 14,264 cases including 208 deaths among 44,822 people tested; Vanderburgh County 473 new cases including two additional deaths for 40,402 cases including 518 deaths among 131,916 people tested; Spencer County 26 new cases including one additional death for 4,105 cases including 56 deaths among 11,837 people tested; Perry County 44 new cases for a total 3,360 cases including 54 deaths among 12,479 people tested; Crawford County 24 new cases for 1,925 cases including 31 deaths among 7,195 people tested; Orange County 31 new cases including two additional deaths for a total 3,811 cases including 79 deaths among 12,256 people tested; and Martin County 16 new cases for a total 1,685 cases including 20 deaths among 6,045 people tested.

TestingDubois County Health Department reports rapid Covid-19 testing is available if a person meets all three of the following criteria:

• Available to individuals 18 and younger and individuals 50 and older

• Must have symptoms directly related to COVID-19

• You must schedule an appointment at DuboisCountyTesting.as.me or call 812-675-5084 if no internet access is available.

If no appointments are available, the testing site is either out of rapid test kits or the schedule is full for that day. Local health officials said they’re continuing to work with Indiana Department of Health to increase the supply when possible.

Testing is conducted at the former Ruxer’s golf course building, 400 South Clay St. Jasper, Tuesday and Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Thursday Friday and Saturday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. The office is closed from 1-2 p.m. for lunch, and is closed on Sunday and Monday.

To obtain a PCR COVID -19 test — visit https://scheduling.coronavirus.in.gov/ and then click “I don’t have an invitation code.” Those who have no internet access can call 812-675-5084. If no one answers please leave a message and the call wil be returned. Results should be available within 2-3 business days.

BinaxNOW COVID — 19 Ag Cards are available for testing on a walk-in basis during business hours while supplies last. These are rapid tests for use using a nasal swab collected from individuals who are suspected of having COVID — 19. The sample must be collected within the fist seven days from onset of symptoms. They will not be used on anyone who has been asymptomatic. Results should be available about 30 minutes after test.