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Tuesday, December 28, 2021 1:00 am

New cases in Allen County fall below 100

ASHLEY SLOBODA | The Journal Gazette

The number of new Allen County COVID-19 cases on Monday fell below 100 for the first time since early November, but the health department said the dip was likely tied to the Christmas holiday.

The 50 new infections brought Allen County's total of confirmed cases to 74,007 and followed 798 new diagnoses reported Friday through Sunday.

“The low case count is likely a result of fewer testing sites being open over the holiday weekend, coupled with fewer people getting tested over those few days,” said Matt LeBlanc, Allen County Department of Health spokesman. “We could see higher numbers this week as more testing is conducted.”

Of the almost 32,000 cases reported since July 1, 25.5% have been among people 19 and younger, according to health department data through Sunday.

The department said the next two age groups – people in their 20s and 30s – made up 16.8% and 17.4% of cases, respectively.

From there, the share by age group decreased with age: 13.8% among ages 40 to 49; 11.3% among ages 50 to 59; 8.2% among ages 60 to 69; 4.6% among ages 70 to 79; and 2.4% among those 80 and older.

As of Monday, 936 county residents ages 4 to 107 had died of COVID-19. About 75% of the fatalities occurred among people 70 and older, the health department said.

The state's coronavirus dashboard – which didn't update Thursday through Sunday – posted 1,862 new cases Monday and no new deaths for a total 1,221,297 known infections and 18,110 confirmed fatalities.

At 54.5%, Allen County's vaccination rate was about on par with the statewide rate of 54.4%, according to the state dashboard. Ages 5 and older are eligible for the vaccine.

At a glance

Fully vaccinated eligible residents by county

Adams: 11,543 (35.6%)

Allen: 192,310 (54.5%)

DeKalb: 17,226 (42.3%)

Huntington: 16,120 (46.8%)

Kosciusko: 31,271 (42.1%)

LaGrange: 8,467 (23.5%)

Noble: 18,166 (40.7%)

Steuben: 15,048 (46%)

Wabash: 12,261 (41.8%)

Wells: 11,296 (42.6%)

Whitley: 14,515 (45.5%)

Source: Indiana Department of Health

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