On Wednesday, Sept. 15, the Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH) reported the 92nd COVID-19 death in Wabash County.

The news comes after one of the deadliest weeks for the virus in Wabash County, as four new local COVID-19 deaths were reported in the week before that.

The state and nation have been reeling from the latest surge in cases being fueled by the Delta variant of the virus.

On Tuesday, the ISDH reported 11 new local positive COVID-19 cases, bringing the local total to 4,815 cases, with 18,338 tests. The local seven-day positivity rating for all tests was 8.9 percent. The local seven-day positivity rating for unique individuals was 23.8 percent.

On Tuesday, Sept. 22, Parkview Health public relations specialist Leslie Megison said that while they have been dealing with the strain of the increased number of cases, Parkview Wabash has been able to continue operations.

“Like all of the hospitals across the region, Parkview Wabash Hospital has been very busy with both COVID and non-COVID patients during the current surge,” said Megison. “However, we have been able to continue to care for patients without interruption, and we have not had to reschedule any procedures. Parkview Wabash co-workers have really demonstrated their firm commitment to providing excellent care for every person every day, and I attribute our ability to deal with the surge to their dedication and flexibility.”

On Tuesday, the ISDH reported that 2,673 additional Hoosiers have been diagnosed with COVID-19 through testing at state and private laboratories. That brings to 937,221 the number of Indiana residents now known to have had the novel coronavirus following corrections to the previous day’s dashboard.

To date, 14,765 Hoosiers are confirmed to have died from COVID-19, which includes 81 newly reported deaths that occurred between Aug. 30 and Sept. 20. Another 474 probable deaths have been reported to date based on clinical diagnoses in patients for whom no positive test is on record.

A total of 4,121,821 unique individuals have been tested in Indiana, up from 4,116,117 on Monday. A total of 13,204,869 tests, including repeat tests for unique individuals, have been reported to the state Department of Health since Feb. 26, 2020.

To find testing sites around the state, visit www.coronavirus.in.gov and click on the COVID-19 testing information link. Clinics are being added regularly around the state.

Hoosiers age 12 and older can receive a COVID-19 vaccine; individuals younger than age 18 are eligible for the Pfizer vaccine only. To find a vaccination clinic near you, visit https://ourshot.in.gov or call 211 if you do not have access to a computer or require assistance. Appointments are preferred, but walk-ins are accepted at most sites.

The ISDH is deploying mobile clinics to the following counties this week to provide testing and vaccinations: Allen, Clark, Clay, Delaware, Fayette, Fulton, Gibson, Hamilton, Hendricks, Henry, Howard, Jackson, Jefferson, Lake, LaPorte, Marion, Marshall, Miami, Monroe, Montgomery, Morgan, Newton, Putnam, Ripley, Starke, Tippecanoe, Tipton, Vigo, Wabash, Warren, Washington, Wayne, White and Whitley.

Hoosiers in the ZIP codes in which the clinics are located will receive a text message or email informing them of the locations and services offered.

Free COVID-19 testing and vaccinations are also available beginning today in the parking lot across from Gate 2 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. The clinic will run from noon to 8 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday through Oct. 30.

As of Tuesday, a total of 6,443,452 doses have been administered in Indiana. This includes 3,221,894 first doses and 3,221,558 individuals who are fully vaccinated. The fully vaccinated number represents individuals who have received a second dose of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines and those who received the single Johnson & Johnson vaccine.

Rob Burgess, Wabash Plain Dealer editor, may be reached by email at rburgess@wabashplaindealer.com.