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Dec. 30: Northeast Indiana COVID-19 numbers slow versus state totals

Indiana is seeing record numbers of COVID-19 cases, but northeast Indiana’s reported number of cases has slowed in recent days.

There were 807 new cases reported in northeast Indiana Thursday from earlier in the week, and five additional deaths.

The state’s 7-day positivity stands at 14.3, and the region’s at 13.7 percent.

Reporting around the country has stressed the recent spike in the use of at-home rapid tests may not accurately be measured in the official counts of the states because most of those results are not reported to local or state health departments.

Indiana remains largely trapped by the Delta variant, which makes up more than 98 percent of the cases reported.

Hospitalizations have remained mostly steady at both the state and regional levels. Statewide, it is at 3,061, and locally at 312.

The region’s ICU capacity is at 12.3 percent remaining, with more than 62 percent being made up of non-COVID related illnesses or injuries.

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.