COVID-19 Positive Cases on the decline for many health departments in the Wabash Valley

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VIGO COUNTY, Ind. (WTWO/WAWV) – As more Hoosiers become fully vaccinated against COVID-19, reports of new positive cases are on a decline.

“I think the vaccine has definitely helped. We’ve vaccinated about 35,000 people in Vigo County,” Vigo County health educator Roni Elder said. “It seems like we’re continuing to vaccinate people with them dropping the ages. That gives us a more chance to vaccinate more people.”

Knox County health officer Dr. Alan Stewart said his county had some days recently with zero cases reported. The county is waiting to see if this continues, he noted.

“We haven’t had a new case in Knox County in two days which is good, but we’ve had that happen before,” Stewart said. “We have to wait and the trend. Too early to say if there’s really a trend to that.”

Vigo County is also experiencing a decrease in positive new cases.

“This week we actually had our first day where we had zero cases come in,” Elder said. “That was very exciting. It’s been a long time since we’ve had no cases come in one day.”

Though numbers have decreased, both health officials still recommend people to continue being cautious.

“I think we’re still kind of gradually still going into real life again. I think that’s definitely helping with the numbers,” said Elder. “It’s not just full blown just doing everything we use to do.”

Currently children ages 12 to 17 can receive the Pfizer vaccine. Elder said though summer break is almost here, it remains important for students to receive the COVID-19 vaccine as many will continue to be active with friends and be involved with sports this summer.

“Simple things like social distancing, continuing to wear your mask in confined places where people are close to each other is still the wise thing to do,” Stewart added.

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