The Journal Gazette
Friday, January 14, 2022 4:56 pm

County reports 1,143 new COVID-19 cases

Local health department to stop rapid tests at its site because of shortage

LISA GREEN | The Journal Gazette

Another 1,143 Allen County residents learned they were positive for COVID-19, the same day the local health department said rapid antigen tests for the novel coronavirus will be limited.

The new positive case count includes 626 confirmed through PCR, or Polymerase Chain Reaction, tests. The other 517 recorded were based on probable antigen cases.

To date, the county has seen 88,336 positive cases and 992 deaths, a news release said.

The Indiana Department of Health on Friday afternoon reported 15,926 new positive COVID-19 cases. The numbers include some dating back to Jan. 1 through midnight Thursday, according to the online dashboard. That raised to 1,425,877 the total number of positive cases the state has recorded since March 6, 2020 -- the month when the novel coronavirus was declared a global pandemic.

The state also reported 97 additional deaths, including some dating back to Nov. 26, which was Thanksgiving week. The dashboard lists the seven-day average for deaths as 43. Since March 16, 2020, Indiana has lost 19,491 people to COVID-19.

The local health department said availability of rapid antigen COVID-19 tests would be further limited starting Friday at its public testing site at 5750 Falls Drive. Rapid tests will not be offered starting Tuesday because of a state shortage.


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