The Journal Gazette
Thursday, January 27, 2022 1:00 am

County trends to lower numbers

270 cases; 2nd time this week below 300

LISA GREEN | The Journal Gazette

An additional 270 Allen County residents tested positive for COVID-19, the local health department said Wednesday.

Tuesday and Wednesday's combined cases – totaling 955 – were less than the four-digit positive numbers local health officials have reported for a single day multiple times this month.

Dr. Matthew Sutter, Allen County's health commissioner, said Monday it's possible that the highly contagious omicron variant may be waning, but it was too early to tell.

On Sunday, the health department reported 851 positive cases.

Wednesday's update included 175 confirmed cases and 95 probable antigen cases, bringing the total to 97,943 cases since the coronavirus pandemic started and 1,030 deaths, a news release said.

Statewide, new cases reflected Wednesday on the Indiana Department of Health's online dashboard also showed a decline compared to reports on many recent days.

The state recorded 5,536 new positive cases, with at least one dating to Oct. 10, through about midnight Tuesday. That brought the total to 1,574,807 cases since March 6, 2020. The positivity rate for tests Jan. 13-19 reached 30.5% while that rate is 10.5% for the pandemic.

An additional 129 deaths were attributed to COVID-19, according to the dashboard, with at least one dating back to Nov. 20. That raised the total to 20,296 deaths since March 16, 2020.

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