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July 29: Three Area Counties Back In Orange Due To COVID Spread

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Three of northeast Indiana’s counties are now in the state’s second-worst category for community spread of COVID-19.

Steuben, DeKalb and Wells counties are now in the “orange” category, the state’s second-worst category for tracking of the virus based on cases per 100,000 residents and 7-day positivity rates.

 

This as the highly-contagious Delta variant of the virus makes up nearly 92 percent of all the cases captured in the past month, according to the Indiana Department of Health.

 

There were 175 new cases of the virus reported in northeast Indiana, with 82 of them reported in Allen County. No new deaths were reported on Thursday from Wednesday.

 

Allen County now has more than 50 percent of its eligible population fully vaccinated against the virus, with Huntington County at about 48 percent and Whitley County at just under 46 percent.

 

LaGrange County is at 23.5 percent.

 

The area’s highest 7-day positivity rate is in Steuben County, at 12.4 percent.

 

Statewide, 1,284 new cases were reported on Thursday, and COVID hospitalizations have jumped to just under 800 Hoosiers.

 

Northeast Indiana totals for July 29:

  • Adams County: 6 new cases for 3,544 total. No new deaths for 56 total. 7-day positivity rate at 3%. Percentage of eligible population fully vaccinated 34.8%.
  • Allen County: 82 new cases for 43,271 total. No new deaths for 699 total. 7-day positivity rate at 7.8%. Percentage of eligible population fully vaccinated 50.4%.
  • DeKalb County: 12 new cases for 4,578 total. No new deaths for 85 total. 7-day positivity rate at 10.4%. Percentage of eligible population fully vaccinated 41.2%.
  • Huntington County: 16 new cases for 4,193 total. No new deaths for 82 total. 7-day positivity rate at 7.7%. Percentage of eligible population fully vaccinated 48.2%.
  • LaGrange County: 1 new case for 2,781 total. No new deaths for 72 total. 7-day positivity rate at 5.8%. Percentage of eligible population fully vaccinated 23.5%.
  • Noble County: 15 new cases for 6,020 total. No new deaths for 90 total. 7-day positivity rate at 7.7%. Percentage of eligible population fully vaccinated 37.1%.
  • Steuben County: 5 new cases for 4,117 total. No new deaths for 60 total. 7-day positivity rate 12.4%. Percentage of eligible population fully vaccinated 44.6%.
  • Wabash County: 6 new cases for 3,709 total. No new deaths for 84 total. 7-day positivity rate at 3%. Percentage of eligible population fully vaccinated 39%.
  • Wells County: 5 new cases for 3,045 total. No new deaths for 81 total. 7-day positivity rate at 3.1%. Percentage of eligible population fully vaccinated 40.8%.
  • Whitley County: 12 new cases for 4,179 total. No new deaths for 45 total. 7-day positivity rate at 8.3%. Percentage of eligible population fully vaccinated 45.6%.

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.
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