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July 21: Northeast Indiana Back In "Yellow" Due To COVID Spread

Screenshot of the Indiana Department of Health

Most of northeast Indiana has fallen out of the state’s best category for COVID-19 spread, marking the continued spread of the coronavirus in Indiana as vaccine rates have slowed down.

There were three deaths reported in the area as well on Wednesday, one each in Allen, Huntington and Whitley counties.

Indiana’s case total was up over 700 for the second day in a row, and the 7-day positivity rate stands at 5.2 percent.

Indiana does now have 50 percent of its population ages 12 and over fully vaccinated for COVID-19, with just over 2.9 million Hoosiers receiving their necessary shots.


Only Kosciusko and Wabash counties remain in the state’s best level, or blue category, for community spread. Based on both 7-day positivity rates and cases per 100,000 residents, the dashboard measurement is divided into blue, yellow, orange and red, from best to worst, for COVID safety.

All other northeast Indiana counties are in the yellow, or second-best category.


The highly-contagious Delta variant of COVID-19 makes up more than 70 percent of all samples within the past month. That is a lower number than late last week,indicating continued spread of the other variants of the coronavirus.


LaGrange County remains the worst county for spread of the virus and low vaccination rates, with a 13 percent 7-day positivity rate and still at 23 percent for vaccination rate.


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.