Allen County reports spike in new COVID-19 cases Thursday

400+ new cases reported for the first time since January
Allen County Department of Health COVID-19
Allen County Department of Health COVID-19(WPTA)
Published: Nov. 18, 2021 at 11:48 AM EST
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FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WPTA) - The Allen County Department of Health has reported the highest number of new COVID-19 cases since the start of the year.

On Thursday, the department reported 430 residents tested positive for the virus, bringing the county’s overall case count to 63,035 with 848 deaths.

The department’s data shows this is the first time the county has seen over 400 new cases since the start of the year, when 479 were reported on January 10.

In an interview with Allen County Health Commissioner Dr. Matthew Sutter on Tuesday, he expressed concern about the rise in local cases: “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.”

Allen County new COVID-19 cases
Allen County new COVID-19 cases(ACDOH)

Currently, Allen County’s vaccination rate stands at 52.5%, just above the state’s vaccination rate of 52.4%.

Dr. Sutter is strongly recommending residents to get their vaccine and booster shots, for those who are eligible. Read more from his interview and tips on staying safe here.

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