Another Allen County resident has died from COVID-19 and an additional 384 tested positive for the virus, the Allen County Department of Health said Friday.
That brings Allen County's total cases to 13,197 with 262 deaths. The update comes as Indiana is averaging nearly as many virus-related deaths as the state experienced this spring, the Associated Press reported Friday. State health officials on Friday added 50 more deaths to the statewide toll.
There have been 5,708 new COVID-19 cases in Indiana, state health officials announced Friday.
Indiana now averages 40 deaths per day, the Associated Press reported, just slightly below the highest average of 42 a day recorded in late April. Since September, hospitalizations have increased by 200% and the seven-day moving average of new cases is six times higher.
DeKalb County Health Department confirmed 46 new virus cases on Friday. The county now has 1,319 total cases and 23 deaths. There were no known hospitalizations in DeKalb County on Friday.
Area hospital networks appear to be adapting to the increased number of cases. Lutheran Health Network, like many hospitals statewide, is seeing an increase in the number of COVID-19 hospitalizations, said Laura Carmody with the health network's marketing and community relations office.
“Our hospitals remain prepared to care for patients needing medical care. Each hospital has a surge plan outlining how COVID-19 care space can be expanded within the facility as needed,” she said. “Lastly, we are extremely proud of the many ways our staff and physicians have risen to the challenges presented by COVID-19. They continue to work tirelessly to care for our patients, each other and our community. Each of them deserves our endless gratitude.”
On Thursday, Parkview Health's chief quality and safety officer told The Journal Gazette the network is adapting to capacity needs “to meet demand as the situation evolves.” The Parkview system has adequate capacity to care for patients with COVID-19 and other conditions, Dr. Jeffrey Boord said.
Includes total cases, with new cases in parentheses.
Adams: 1,157 (39)
Allen: 13,197 (384)
DeKalb: 1,258 (18)
Huntington: 823 (29)
LaGrange: 1,147 (11)
Noble: 1,867 (46)
Steuben: 1,038 (25)
Whitley: 921 (37)
Wells: 845 (31)
Sources: Indiana State Department of Health, Allen County Department of Health, DeKalb County Health Department