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1,143 in county positive for virus

Supply issues force limits on rapid tests

LISA GREEN | The Journal Gazette

An additional 1,143 Allen County residents learned they were positive for COVID-19, the same day the local health department said rapid antigen tests for the novel virus will be limited.

The new positive case count includes 626 confirmed through PCR tests. The 517 other recorded were based on probable antigen cases.

To date, the county has seen 88,336 positive cases and 992 deaths, a news release said.

The Indiana Department of Health on Friday afternoon reported 15,926 new positive COVID-19 cases. The numbers include some dating back to Jan. 1 through midnight Thursday, according to the online dashboard.

That raised to 1,425,877 the total number of positive cases the state has recorded since March 6, 2020 – the month when the coronavirus was declared a global pandemic.

The state also reported 97 additional deaths, including some dating back to Nov. 26, which was Thanksgiving week. The dashboard lists the seven-day average for deaths as 43.

Since March 16, 2020, Indiana has lost 19,491 residents to COVID-19.

The local health department said availability of rapid antigen COVID-19 tests would be further limited starting Friday at its public testing site at 5750 Falls Drive. Rapid tests will not be offered starting Tuesday due to a state shortage.

Rapid tests were being given Friday as supplies allowed for anyone 18 and younger and symptomatic individuals age 50 and older. The PCR tests would be available to anyone, regardless of age or symptoms. And the PCR tests – with results available in three to five days – also will be available to anyone next week.

The health department began reserving rapid tests Jan. 4 for those 18 and younger and symptomatic individuals age 50 and older to comply with state guidance. The local testing site is one of more than 650 in Indiana, including nearly 30 in Allen County, the release said.

Appointments can be made at www.allencountyhealth.com/get-tested/covid-19-testing and www.coronavirus.in.gov/covid-19-testing-information, the release said. Due to high demand, the county recommends scheduling an appointment for testing.

lisagreen@jg.net


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