JASPER — A surge in COVID-19 cases brings Dubois County back to severe community spread advisory status.

Indiana Department of Health’s weekly update on community spread metrics shows 80 of the state’s 92 counties are at severe spread levels.

The agency’s COVID-19 dashboard reported 163 new cases in Dubois County Wednesday, for a total 10,279 cases including 151 deaths among 29,811 people tested over the course of the pandemic.

The county’s seven-day rolling positivity rate is at 22.8% for all tests, and at 31.1% among people tested for the first time.

The surge prompted Northeast Dubois County Schools to move to virtual learning Thursday and Friday. There is no school Jan. 17, a scheduled countywide teacher inservice day.

While classes are virtual in that district the rest of this week, lunch is available both days at the junior-senior high. Enter through door 12.

Sporting events were also postponed through the weekend, practices with proper precautions are allowed.

County demographics show local cases among students (ages 5-19) at 16.5%. People ages 20-29 account for 16.4% of the cases, while ages 30-39 and ages 50-59 each account for 15.5% of the local cases. The demographic breakdown shows 13.6% of cases among ages 40-49, 10.5% among ages 60-69, 5.4% among ages 70-79 and 3.9% among ages 80 and older.

The Regenstrief Institute reports that 105 Dubois County residents have made emergency room visits related to COVID-19 over the past 30 days, with 16 hospitalized. Of those hospitalized, one was admitted to an intensive care unit bed and one died in the hospital from the virus.

The state reports 59.5% of the county’s eligible population is fully vaccinated.


In addition to regular testing and vaccination scheduled, Dubois County Health Department offers and evening clinic at the health department office, 1187 South Charles Street, Jasper, from 3:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 19 to accommodate anyone wanting COVID-19 vaccine after normal business hours. No appointment is needed.

No vaccines other than COVID-19 will be available.

Patrons need to bring identification, insurance cards and COVID-19 vaccination card if available.

The drive-through clinic is open for anyone 12 and older. Anyone under 12 years old must come inside on arrival.

For more information about the clinic, phone 812-481-7056.

The Centers for Disease Control recommendations for booster shots and additional doses:

• People 12 and older should receive a booster shot. People age 12 to 17 must receive a Pfizer booster.

• People who received an mRNA COVID-19 vaccine (Pfizer or Moderna) should receive a booster shot at least five months after completing their primary vaccine series.

• Moderately or severely immunocompromised people age 5 or older who received an initial mRNA COVID-19 vaccine primary series should receive an additional primary dose of the same mRNA COVID-19 vaccine at least 28 days after the second dose.

• Moderately and severely immunocompromised people 12 or older who completed an mRNA COVID-19 vaccine primary series and received an additional mRNA vaccine dose should receive a single COVID-19 booster dose (Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna or Janssen) at least five months after completing their third mRNA vaccine dose. In such situations, people who are moderately and severely immunocompromised may receive a total of four COVID-19 vaccine doses.

• A person who received one primary dose of Johnson & Johnson (Janssen) COVID-19 vaccine should not receive more than two COVID-19 vaccine doses.

A parent must be present for anyone 5-18-years old and must complete a consent for vaccination form. A copy of a parent’s ID and insurance card must be included.


In the area, Daviess County reports 95 new cases including two additional deaths, for 5,986 cases including 126 deaths among 18,970 people tested; Martin County 20 new cases for 1,733 cases including 20 deaths among 6,093 people tested; Orange County 25 new cases for 3,922 cases including 81 deaths among 12,346 people tested; Crawford County 19 new cases for 2,008 cases including 31 deaths among 7,265 people tested; Perry County 55 new cases for 3,491 cases including 55 deaths among 12,600 people tested; Spencer County 37 new cases for 4,228 cases including 56 deaths among 11,927 people tested; Warrick County 208 new cases including one additional death for 15,003 cases including 210 deaths among 45,286 people tested; and Vanderburgh County 656 new cases for 42,948 cases including 521 deaths among 133,469 people tested.