In the wake of Jefferson County’s shift back to an “Orange” COVID-19 advisory on Wednesday, the county saw an increase of 29 cases on Friday after reporting 45 on Thursday.

Two weeks ago, Jefferson County moved to a “Yellow” advisory, which indicates moderate community spread, after several weeks in a “Blue” advisory, which indicates low community spread. The current “Orange” advisory is indication that community spread is approaching high levels.

The Jefferson County Health Department said earlier this week that the county as a whole is seeing “mild to moderate spread” but the overall numbers are much higher due to an “outbreak in one of our congregate settings.”

Previously, it was reported that there were a number of cases at the Jefferson County Jail downtown and even more at the Indiana Department of Correction women’s correctional facility on the hilltop. Now, it appears most of those cases are restricted to the state correctional facility.

Jefferson County Sheriff Dave Thomas confirmed Thursday at the county jail had eight cases of COVID-18 about two weeks ago but that the jail currently has no active cases, has cleared quarantine and all prisoners arriving at intake must test negative on a rapid covid test administered on site before being incarcerated.

There have been a total 3,274 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Jefferson County to date with 81 related deaths. The county’s current seven-day average positivity rate is 5.1% and the seven-day positivity for unique individuals is 7.7% — both well below the levels that pushed the county into the Orange. As of Friday, 9,998 Jefferson County residents are fully vaccinated and 11,774 residents have received at least a first dose of COVID vaccine.

Switzerland County has 1,885 fully vaccinated and 2,143 that have received the first dose of a two-dose vaccination series. Switzerland County had no new cases of COVID-19 with a total of 777 positive cases. The total COVID-19 deaths remains at eight. The county’s current seven-day average positivity rate is 3.5% and the seven-day positivity for unique individuals is 7.7%.

The Indiana Department of Health announced Friday that 1,494 additional Hoosiers have been diagnosed with COVID-19 through testing at state and private laboratories. That brings to 720,425 the number of Indiana residents now known to have had the novel coronavirus. To date, 12,921 Hoosiers are confirmed to have died from COVID-19, an increase of eight from the previous day.

Indiana now has had 1,884,466 fully vaccinated individuals including 2,344,638 that have received the first dose of a two-dose series. In Kentucky, 1,822,975 Kentuckians have received at least their first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine with 1,400,209 now fully vaccinated.

On April 29, the Kentucky Department of Public Health reported 796 new cases of COVID-19. There have been 443,408 positive cases overall and 6,497 deaths including 10 new deaths, and two additional from new audit deaths.

In information from the North Central District Health Department, Trimble County has reported 698 cases of COVID-19 with nine active cases and overall seven deaths during the pandemic. Carroll County has reported 995 cases of COVID-19 with 19 deaths.

COVID vaccines are continuing to be administered Monday through Friday at the Jefferson County Health Department for those 18 years of age and older. Appointments can be scheduled by visiting www.ourshot.in.gov or by calling 211. Walk-ins are welcome Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday from 2 p.m.-5 p.m., and Thursday and Friday from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Vaccine is now eligible to 16 years of age or older. All 16- and 17-year olds must receive a Pfizer vaccine.

Switzerland County Health Department is operating a vaccine clinic at the Switzerland County Technology and Education Center, 708 West Seminary Street, Vevay.

Kentuckians should visit vaccinemap.ky.gov to find a COVID-19 vaccination site near them.