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Sutter: “We seem to be leading the state” as COVID-19 cases rise

Published: Nov. 16, 2021 at 5:25 PM EST
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FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WPTA) - After a downward trend in cases, COVID-19 numbers have been back on the rise in recent weeks. Allen County Health Commissioner Dr. Matthew Sutter says it’s concerning.

“We seem to be leading the state in this and we’re not getting that far away from where we were during the last surge. It’s very concerning going into the holidays,” Sutter says. He feels people have let down their guard, and that’s causing the latest surge in COVID cases. That includes measures like mask wearing and large indoor gatherings.

Sutter’s words of caution come as many are making holiday plans. Sutter urges people to look closely at their holidays plans. He says that when there’s a high level of spread in the community, chances of someone showing up to a holiday gathering with COVID-19 increases.

Allen County Vaccine Statistics
Allen County Vaccine Statistics(WPTA)

Above all, Sutter stresses the importance of vaccinations. Right now, Allen County’s vaccination rate stands at 52.4%. That’s just above the state’s vaccination rate of 52.1%. On average, the health department says about 5,000-7,000 people come in for a vaccination each week in Allen County.

Two factors that will be different in this year’s winter surge--vaccines and monoclonal antibodies, which have both been key to stopping the spread and treating the virus when people get infected. Still, Sutter recommends boosters for those 65 years and older to fight waning immunity, and pleads with folks to get vaccinated if they still have not.

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