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Nov. 18: COVID rates up, masks staying on at PFW

Screenshot of Indiana Department of Health

LaGrange County’s COVID-19 positivity rate for the past 7-days is greater than the county’s vaccination rate, according to new statistics from the Indiana Department of Health.

With a 7-day positivity rate at 25.6 percent, LaGrange County has managed to only vaccinate 22.9 percent of its eligible population.

There were five new COVID-19 deaths reported around northeast Indiana on Thursday, and 924 new cases.

Only Adams and Wells counties have 7-day positivity rates below double-digits. The area’s average 7-day positivity rate is back up to 12.6 percent.

Allen County saw two more deaths and 431 new cases reported.

The state’s 7-day positivity rate is at 9.6 percent, and there were 29 new deaths reported.

Due to the increase in cases, Purdue Fort Wayne announced an extension of its mask requirement through Dec. 31.

The area’s lowest vaccination rates outside of LaGrange County are in Adams and Noble counties, both under 40 percent of the eligible population. 


There were 211 area residents hospitalized with the virus on Thursday.


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.