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April 5: Masks Not Likely To Go All The Way Away

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The state’s mask mandate and other COVID-19 precautions might end Tuesday, but there will be a lot of places in northeast Indiana where you will still need to keep your nose and mouth covered.

The Allen County Public Library system will still require masks, as will Parkview and Lutheran health networks, according to press releases issued in recent days.

 

The Allen County courts, both Circuit and Superior systems, will continue to require masks on anyone who is over the age of 2 visiting the various buildings.

 

Noble County saw a huge spike in cases reported on Monday, according to the state department of health.

 

It was the second day with double digit increases in COVID cases in the past week. 

 

Only Noble, LaGrange and Adams counties remain in the state’s safest category for community spread of the illness.

 

Almost every northeast Indiana county has positivity rates at or near 5 percent for the past seven days. 

 

But eight northeast Indiana counties are now nearing or over 20 percent of their population fully vaccinated.

 

Northeast Indiana totals for April 5:

  • Adams County: No new cases for 3,356 total. No new deaths for 52 total. 7-day positivity rate at 4%. Total of county population fully vaccinated at 22%.
  • Allen County: 53 new cases for 58,266 total. No new deaths for 663 total. 7-day positivity rate at 6.7%. Total of county population fully vaccinated at 20.4%.
  • DeKalb County: 2 new cases for 3,995 total. No new deaths for 82 total. 7-day positivity rate at 4.9%. Total of county population fully vaccinated at 19.7%.
  • Huntington County: 2 new cases for 3,693 total. No new deaths for 80 total. 7-day positivity rate at 2.6%. Total of county population fully vaccinated at 25.2%.
  • Kosciusko County: 5 new cases for 8,906 total. No new deaths for 112 total. 7-day positivity rate at 4.0%. Total of county population fully vaccinated at 17.2%.
  • LaGrange County: 1 new case for 2,474 total. No new deaths for 70 total. 7-day positivity rate at 4.6%. Total of county population fully vaccinated at 13.8%.
  • Noble County: 12 new cases for 5,286 total. No new deaths for 81 total. 7-day positivity rate at 4.6%. Total of county population fully vaccinated at 17.9%.
  • Steuben County: 5 new cases for 3,541 total. No new deaths for 57 total. 7-day positivity rate at 7.5%. Total of county population fully vaccinated at 28.7%.
  • Wabash County: 2 new cases for 3,428 total. No new deaths for 77 total. 7-day positivity rate at 5.9%. Total of county population fully vaccinated at 23%.
  • Wells County: 5 new cases for 2,805 total. No new deaths for 80 total. 7-day positivity rate at 9.7%. Total of county population fully vaccinated at 21.8%.
  • Whitley County: 5 new cases for 3,677 total. No new deaths for 39 total. 7-day positivity rate at 6.8%. Total of county population fully vaccinated at 22.6%.

Sources include the Indiana Department of Health and local health department data.

Rebecca manages the news at WBOI. She joined the staff in December 2017, and brought with her nearly two decades of experience in print journalism, including 15 years as an award-winning reporter for the Journal Gazette in Fort Wayne.