This week’s winter storm which has ravaged large swaths of the nation caused several Indiana COVID-19 clinics to close their doors Tuesday, but not Wabash County’s.

On Tuesday, the Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH) announced that more than 70 COVID-19 vaccine clinics were closed.

“Individuals who need to reschedule their appointments can click on the link in their last confirmation text message or email or call 211 if they need assistance. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says individuals who receive their second dose of either the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine within 42 days of the first dose will have full protection from the virus,” stated the ISDH.

On Tuesday, Parkview Wabash Hospital president Marilyn J. Custer-Mitchell said their “goal is to not cancel the clinics.”

“If we need to, anyone scheduled will receive a text or mail from ISDH telling them of the cancellation. The ISDH will also tell them if they need to reschedule on their own of if we will call them,” said Custer-Mitchell. “We prefer to call and reschedule people ourselves if we can do that.”

During last week’s Wabash City Council meeting, Mayor Scott Long said those who received their first doses starting Jan. 14 were being notified that their second dose would be administered at the Honeywell Center, instead of the Wabash County Museum, where the first doses were administered.

“We are holding no vaccination clinics at the Wabash County Historical Museum,” said Custer-Mitchell. “We are only doing then in Legacy Hall at this time.”

Long said they had given over 715 vaccinations the previous week at the Honeywell Center, and anticipated about that many this week also. Long said Wabash County is receiving 800 doses per week in anticipation of a greater population signing up that meets the age criteria.

The ISDH’s COVID-19 vaccination dashboard is updated daily at noon with data current as of 5 a.m. the same day. Statewide, 11,331 people had their first dose administered Monday, while 10,691 more were fully vaccinated. To date, 828,078 Hoosiers have received a first dose of vaccine, and 347,508 are fully vaccinated.

In Wabash County to date, 4,519 people had their first dose, while 1,289 had both doses. And in Wabash County on Monday, 13 people had their first dose, while 88 had their second dose.

Hoosiers age 65 and older, along with healthcare workers, long-term care residents and first responders who are regularly called to the scene of an emergency to render medical assistance, are now eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccine. To schedule, visit https://our shot.in.gov or call 211 if you do not have access to a computer or require assistance. Individuals must show proof that they live or work in Indiana and meet the eligibility criteria to receive a vaccine.

Additional locations and appointments are being added as more vaccine become available, according to the ISDH.

Long-term care facilities

The ISDH’s long-term care facilities dashboard was updated at noon Wednesday, Feb. 10 with results as of Wednesday, Feb. 3. New positive cases and deaths have occurred over a range of dates but were reported to the ISDH seven days before the last dashboard update.

In Wabash County, only Bickford of Wabash reported no cases.

Otherwise, during the latest update, in Wabash County:

Timbercrest Senior Living Community in North Manchester reported 10 total resident positive cases, fewer than five total resident deaths and 47 staff positive cases.

Peabody Retirement Community in North Manchester reported 54 total resident positive cases, nine total resident deaths and 124 staff positive cases.

Wellbrooke of Wabash reported 29 total resident positive cases, 10 total resident deaths and 23 staff positive cases.

Autumn Ridge Rehabilitation Centre reported 19 total positive cases, fewer than five total resident deaths and 15 staff positive cases.

Vernon Health and Rehabilitation reported 36 total resident positive cases, fewer than five total resident deaths and 27 staff positive cases.

Rolling Meadows Health Care Centre in LaFontaine reported 56 total resident positive cases, 13 total resident deaths and 15 staff positive cases.

Miller’s Merry Manor – Wabash East reported fewer than five new resident deaths, 50 total resident positive cases, seven total resident deaths and 32 staff positive cases.

Miller’s Merry Manor – Wabash West reported fewer than five new resident deaths, five total resident positive cases, fewer than five total resident deaths and 14 staff positive cases.

School figures

The ISDH’s school dashboard was updated Monday, Feb. 15 with data as of 11:59 p.m. Friday, Feb. 12. The dashboard is updated weekly at noon Mondays.

Statewide, 158 schools reported no cases, 1,920 reported one or more case and 290 have not reported.

In Wabash County, only White’s Jr./Sr. High School has reported to the ISDH that they have no cases.

During the latest update, Wabash County schools with one or more confirmed cases included:

Manchester Jr./Sr. High School (MHS) reported 51 total student positive cases, 11 total teacher positive cases and nine total staff positive cases.

Manchester Elementary School (MES) reported six total student positive cases, fewer than five total teacher positive cases and fewer than five total staff positive cases.

Manchester Intermediate School (MIS) reported fewer than five new teacher positive cases, eight total student positive cases and fewer than five total teacher positive cases.

Metro North Elementary School reported fewer than five each total student positive cases, total teacher positive cases and total staff positive cases.

Heartland Career Center reported fewer than five total staff positive cases.

Sharp Creek Elementary School reported six total student positive cases, fewer than five total teacher positive cases and fewer than five total staff positive cases.

Northfield Jr./Sr. High School (NHS) reported 39 total student positive cases, six total teacher positive cases and eight total staff positive cases.

O.J. Neighbours Elementary School reported fewer than five new student positive cases, 11 total student positive cases, 10 total teacher positive cases and fewer than five total staff positive cases.

Wabash Middle School reported 12 total student positive cases, fewer than five total teacher positive cases and fewer than five total staff positive cases.

Wabash High School reported 15 total student positive cases, fewer than five total teacher positive cases and fewer than five total staff positive cases.

St. Bernard Elementary School reported fewer than five each new student positive cases, total student positive cases and total teacher positive cases.

Southwood Jr./Sr. High School (SHS) reported 16 total student positive cases, fewer than five total teacher positive cases and fewer than five total staff positive cases.

Southwood Elementary School reported fewer than five each total student positive cases, total teacher positive cases and total staff positive cases.

Since Jan. 28, the individually reported MCS data includes one case at MIS, with two people quarantined on Feb. 9.

Schools of higher learning are not listed on the ISDH schools dashboard. However, Manchester University maintains its own, separate dashboard. On-campus COVID-19 testing began again the week of Jan. 4. Updates to this dashboard will be made each Friday to reflect the current week of testing and the semester to date. As of Friday, Feb. 12, a total of 602 tests were performed last week, with 100 percent being negative. There have been 1,593 total tests performed this semester, with 99.6 percent of them being negative, and 0.4 percent of them being positive. This week, there has been four self-reported cases on the North Manchester campus, and no self-reported cases on the Fort Wayne campus. This semester, there have been six self-reported cases on the North Manchester campus, and four self-reported cases on the Fort Wayne campus.

Local figures

On Saturday, the ISDH reported five new local positive COVID-19 cases, bringing Wabash County’s total to 3,242, with 13,776 tests. The local seven-day positivity rating for all tests was 4.8 percent. The local seven-day positivity rating for unique individuals was 17.8 percent.

On Sunday, the ISDH reported seven new local positive COVID-19 cases, bringing Wabash County’s total to 3,249, with 13,814 tests. The local seven-day positivity rating for all tests was 4.8 percent. The local seven-day positivity rating for unique individuals was 17.1 percent.

On Monday, the ISDH reported two new local positive COVID-19 cases, bringing Wabash County’s total to 3,251, with 13,843 tests. The local seven-day positivity rating for all tests was 3.9 percent. The local seven-day positivity rating for unique individuals was 17.6 percent.

On Tuesday, the ISDH reported three new local positive COVID-19 cases, bringing Wabash County’s total to 3,256, with 13,844 tests. The local seven-day positivity rating for all tests was 4.1 percent. The local seven-day positivity rating for unique individuals was 18.1 percent. Also, on Tuesday, the ISDH reported Wabash County’s 74th COVID-19 death.

Statewide figures

On Tuesday, the ISDH announced that 889 additional Hoosiers have been diagnosed with COVID-19 through testing at state and private laboratories. That brings to 650,530 the number of Indiana residents now known to have had the novel coronavirus following corrections to the previous day’s dashboard.

A total of 11,805 Hoosiers are confirmed to have died from COVID-19, an increase of 40 from the previous day. Another 426 probable deaths have been reported based on clinical diagnoses in patients for whom no positive test is on record.

To date, 3,057,498 unique individuals have been tested in Indiana, up from 3,049,828 on Monday. A total of 7,593,841 tests, including repeat tests for unique individuals, have been reported to the ISDH 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.

Rob Burgess, Wabash Plain Dealer editor, may be reached by email at rburgess@wabash

plaindealer.com.