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Wednesday, January 12, 2022 1:00 am

County sees 17 deaths, 914 COVID cases

LISA GREEN | The Journal Gazette

Another 17 Allen County residents died and 914 tested positive for COVID-19, the local health department said Tuesday, further documenting the global pandemic's grip.

The latest numbers included 530 confirmed test cases and 384 probable antigen cases. It raised the total to 84,817 coronavirus cases and 988 deaths as of about 9:50 a.m. Tuesday.

The Indiana Department of Public Health updated its online dashboard to show 11,932 new positive cases of COVID-19 through midnight Monday. Those numbers, however, include cases dating back to Dec. 29. Health officials have noted a lag in reporting due to the holidays.

The state also reported 110 additional deaths, which include a period dating to Nov. 25 last year through midnight Monday. The seven-day average for deaths is 32, but Indiana has lost 19,194 people since March 16, 2020, to the novel virus.

The seven-day positivity rate between Dec. 29 and Jan. 4, according to the state's site, was 26.9% while the cumulative rate for the pandemic is 9.6%.

Even as the case count rises, Fort Wayne Community Schools on Tuesday posted a notice on social media that it was temporarily, but immediately suspending its evening COVID-19 testing sites. The free service, for two hours on Mondays through Thursdays, had been intended to speed the process for students and symptomatic staff members. Tuesday's post on Twitter attributed the decision to a lack of testing supplies.

“We hope to reopen the sites when testing supplies become available again,” the post said. It provided a link to a state health department website for individuals looking for other options.

The district recently said it would begin offering vaccine clinics this month at a few elementary schools, hoping to provide easy access for the demographic where vaccination percentages are the lowest.

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