The Journal Gazette
Friday, January 28, 2022 1:00 am

County sees spike in virus cases

Triple amount of previous day; mask shipment arrives

LISA GREEN | The Journal Gazette

Positive COVID-19 test results spiked again Thursday in Allen County with more than three times the number of cases reported the day before.

The local health department said it knew of 831 new cases and said four residents died. That's up from the 270 cases reported Wednesday with no new deaths.

Most of the cases reported Thursday – 484 – were probable, based on antigen or rapid tests while 347 were confirmed. The numbers raised the total positive cases since the pandemic began to 98,774 for Allen County and 1,034 deaths.

Thursday's numbers statewide more than doubled the 5,536 new cases the Indiana Department of Health's online dashboard reflected Wednesday.

The state recorded 12,230 new positive cases Thursday, raising the number to 1,587,005 since the pandemic began in March 2020.

And 104 additional deaths were reported, raising Indiana's total attributed to the coronavirus to 20,400.

The seven-day positivity rate continues to creep up – now at 30.7%. At the beginning of January, it was under 27%.

As the numbers creep up, health providers and pharmacies continue to provide vaccine clinics and the government is pushing out hundreds of thousands of masks with the hope of stalling the spread of COVID-19.

Visiting Nurse on Thursday handed out most of 750,000 surgical masks it received through the Department of Homeland Security. Lutheran Life Villages, the South Anthony campus, also was distributing the masks.

The Fort Wayne Homeland Security office has been distributing personal protective equipment at various stages of the pandemic.

Visiting Nurse, which serves 11 northeast Indiana counties, began the distribution around lunch time and continued through 4 p.m.

“We had folks from all different counties – not just Allen – to pick these up,” Mary Shankster, chief development officer for Visiting Nurse, said in a late-afternoon interview. “We had organizations kind of coming sporadically. ... We had some lulls and some rushes.”

Each box provided contained 2,000 surgical masks, Shankster said. Organizations requested varying quantities.

“We just have a few left that organizations are planning to pick up (today),” she said.

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