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July 27: Delta Variant Increases, As Does Overall COVID Rate

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Indiana saw more than 1,000 new cases of COVID-19 Tuesday, the highest number recorded since mid-May.

 

That number included 182 in northeast Indiana, the highest number since May 5, according to the Indiana Department of Health.

 

Two new deaths were recorded in the area--in Huntington and Kosciusko counties.

 

There were 15 new deaths recorded statewide, and the 7-day positivity rate is up to 6.3 percent. Locally, the 7-day positivity rate is at 6.7 percent.

 

The Centers for Disease Control updated its guidance for masks Tuesday afternoon, urging even the fully-vaccinated to wear masks indoors in areas where the virus is actively circulating.

 

Indiana is currently seeing the rapid spread of the highly-contagious Delta variant of the virus. 

 

On Thursday, the Delta variant made up 75 percent of all samples in the current month. By Tuesday, that number had jumped up above 86 percent.

 

Indiana now has 50.4 percent of its eligible population fully-vaccinated, with 2.9 million Hoosiers.

 

Allen County has the highest in the area, with 48 percent of its population vaccinated. LaGrange is still at 23 percent for vaccinations among the eligible. 

 

The area’s highest positivity rate for the past 7 days is in Steuben County, at 14.7 percent.

 

Hospitalizations are also up statewide, sitting at 735, with 74 of those individuals in northeast Indiana.

 

Area COVID-19 totals for July 27:

  • Adams County: 7 new cases for 3,529 total. No new deaths for 56 total. 7-day positivity at 1.9%. Percentage of eligible population fully vaccinated 34.8%.
  • Allen County: 84 new cases for 43,093 total. No new deaths for 699 total. 7-day positivity rate at 7.9%. Percentage of eligible population fully vaccinated 50.2%.
  • DeKalb County: 17 new cases for 4,552 total. No new deaths for 85 total. 7-day positivity rate at 10.3%. Percentage of eligible population fully vaccinated 41.1%.
  • Huntington County: 15 new cases for 4,155 total. 1 new death for 82 total. 7-day positivity rate at 7.8%. Percentage of eligible population fully vaccinated 48%.
  • Kosciusko County: 25 new cases for 9,777 total. 1 new death for 124 total. 7-day positivity rate at 7.7%. Percentage of eligible population fully vaccinated 38.4%.
  • LaGrange County: 3 new cases for 2,775 total. No new deaths for 72 total. 7-day positivity rate at 6.9%. Percentage of eligible population fully vaccinated 23.4%.
  • Noble County: 15 new cases for 5,992 total. No new deaths for 90 total. 7-day positivity rate at 6.4%. Percentage of eligible population fully vaccinated 37%.
  • Steuben County: 4 new cases for 4,106 total. No new deaths for 60 total. 7-day positivity rate at 14.7%. Percentage of eligible population fully vaccinated 44.6%.
  • Wabash County: 3 new cases for 3,690 total. No new deaths for 83 total. 7-day positivity rate at 3.1%. Percentage of eligible population fully vaccinated 38.9%.
  • Wells County: 8 new cases for 3,035 total. No new deaths for 81 total. 7-day positivity rate at 3.7%. Percentage of eligible population fully vaccinated 40.7%.
  • Whitley County: 4 new cases for 4,157 total. No new deaths for 45 total. 7-day positivity rate at 10.7%. Percentage of eligible population fully vaccinated 45.5%.

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.