COVID-19 is still unrelenting in Allen County, based on the local health department Friday reporting an additional 1,020 positive cases.
A news release said 531 of those cases were confirmed – based on PCR tests that detect genetic material from the virus. The 489 others were probable, based on antigen, which detects specific proteins on the virus surface. The update raised the positive cases in the county to 95,097 since the pandemic began in March 2020.
In addition, three more county residents have died from the coronavirus, the health department said, boosting the local death toll to 1,017.
The latest figures posted Friday on the Indiana Department of Health COVID-19 dashboard showed:
• An additional 95 deaths were recorded through about midnight Thursday, though at least one dates back to Aug. 13 last year. That raised the total Indiana number attributed to coronavirus to 19,992 since March 16, 2020.
• An additional 17,684 positive cases were recorded with at least one dating to Jan. 8. That brought the overall number in Indiana to 1,524,527 in just under two years.
• All of the state's 92 counties remain in the red, based on positivity rates of at least 15%. While the state's positivity rate from recorded tests is 30.4%, Allen County's is even higher – 32.63%.
Local and state health officials continue to encourage people to wear masks to reduce the spread of the coronavirus and promote vaccines that are available for anyone 5 and older.
Super Shot on Friday said it is partnering with the Boys and Girls Clubs of Northeast Indiana to immunize residents from 9 a.m. to noon today at its clinic at 1515 Hobson Road. More than 150 appointments could be accommodated. The Boys and Girls Clubs plans to give away prizes including a flat-screen TV.
Appointments could be scheduled online at ourshot.in.gov or supershot.org, but walk-ins were going to be accepted as space allows. a news release said.
Spanish and Burmese interpreters will be available.
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