coronavirus response

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Allen County Health Commissioner Dr. Matthew Sutter is recommending masks for all school-age children regardless of vaccination status amid the rise of COVID-19 in the community.

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Indiana, like many states in the U.S., is experiencing a rapid increase in the number of children in hospitals due to COVID-19. 

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A Michiana hospital system urges a local school board to revisit its decision to make masks optional. Indiana is calling up National Guard members to help local health departments with COVID-19 testing. And the Indiana Department of Health reported more than 4,000 new COVID-19 cases Friday, crossing yet another milestone in its late summer surge.

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Kosciusko County’s COVID-19 testing site at the Bowen Center is expanding its hours, again, as demand for the tests continues to climb along with rising COVID numbers.

Israel was the first country on Earth to fully vaccinate a majority of its citizens against COVID-19. Now it has one of the world's highest daily infection rates — an average of nearly 7,500 confirmed cases a day, double what it was two weeks ago. Nearly one in every 150 people in Israel today has the virus.

What happened, and what can be learned about the vaccine's impact on a highly vaccinated country? Here are six lessons learned — and one looming question for the future of the pandemic.

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Indiana fully vaccinated its first person against COVID-19 on Jan. 18. That marked the beginning of a meteoric decline in cases. But, with 3,713 new cases reported Thursday, the state recorded its highest number of new cases since the beginning of the vaccine rollout.

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Indiana is gearing up to increase the availability of COVID-19 tests in response to significantly higher demand.

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The Indiana Department of Health will notify nearly 750,000 Hoosiers that data from the state’s COVID-19 online contact tracing survey was improperly accessed. The data included name, address, email, date of birth and demographic information collected during contact tracing.

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Fort Wayne Mayor Tom Henry has COVID-19, city officials announced Tuesday afternoon.

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The Indiana Department of Health reports more than 300 COVID-19 cases early in the school year. The state surpasses 3 million fully vaccinated, as new cases surpass 3,000 in a day for the first time since January. Gov. Eric Holcomb maintains that he will not reimpose restrictions. 

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