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Jan. 7: Allen County opens COVID-19 hotline amid record case numbers

Screenshot of the Indiana Department of Health

As COVID-19 numbers continue to skyrocket in Allen County and much of Indiana, health department officials are establishing a hotline to help deal with questions.

The hotline 260-449-4499 will offer guidance on what to do if someone has tested positive, securing a work or school note in the eventuality of a positive test, contact tracing and securing tests.

According to a press release from the Allen County Health Department, there is no longer the ability to contact each person who has tested positive for COVID-19.

And they expect the numbers of COVID cases to continue to increase, according to the release.

If the numbers decrease again to a more “manageable level”, then the county health department will reassess how it meets the needs of the public.

On Friday, Allen County reported a total of 1,150 new cases from the day before, bringing the total to 81,275. The total of 1,150 was just below the new record set on Wednesday with 1,244.

The Indiana Department of Health has recorded 973 COVID-19 deaths in Allen County.

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.