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Jan. 28: COVID resources added in northeast Indiana

 The entire state remains in the worst category for community spread of COVID-19
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The entire state remains in the worst category for community spread of COVID-19

Area health departments and medical facilities continue to expand efforts to combat COVID-19.

Parkview Health is now offering remdesovir to patients on an outpatient basis.

In a statement issued on Friday, Parkview officials said they were going to offer the three-dose treatment on three consecutive days through a now-larger infusion center at the Parkview Regional Medical Center.

The treatment may be available, depending on resources, at area Parkview emergency departments. Patients must see their healthcare provider for a referral for the treatment.

The Indiana Department of Health is sending a strike team to Dekalb County next week to provide vaccinations and testing.

The team will be at Middaugh Hall 708 S. Union Street in Auburn on Wednesday and Thursday from 12 to 8 p.m.

Rapid tests will be available to those 18 and under, and adults who are 50 and older but symptomatic.

On Friday, the state reported a total of 17,084 new cases of COVID-19, and 108 deaths.

Allen County has now seen more than 99,000 cases of the virus reported, and 1,051 total deaths.

Northeast Indiana has less than 11 percent of its ICU capacity remaining, with about 23 percent of the capacity used by COVID patients, according to the Indiana Department of Health.

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.