On Saturday, the Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH) reported the 44th COVID-19 death in Wabash County.

Wabash County’s rating remains in the orange or second-highest category. And, nearly every surrounding county is now in red, the highest category.

After health care workers began receiving COVID-19 vaccinations at locations around the state earlier this month, CVS Health began vaccinations at long-term care facilities in the state last week.

At 12:09 p.m. Monday, Dec. 14, Parkview Health made history by administering the first COVID-19 vaccine in the state of Indiana. Parkview Health public relations manager Tami Brigle said Parkview anticipated receiving a shipment of about 2,000 doses of the vaccine that week and 8,000 doses the following week. As of Thursday, Dec. 17, Brigle said they had administered more than 650 vaccines to healthcare personnel from Monday through Wednesday of that week.

On Monday, Jan. 4, Parkview Health communications director Jessica Foor said they had administered 7,114 vaccinations as of Saturday, Jan. 2.

More than 20,000 Indiana healthcare workers statewide have already registered to get their first dose. More than 50 Indiana hospitals and clinics were expected to receive a total of 55,575 doses of vaccine by the end of that first week of vaccinations, and additional shipments are expected weekly. The vaccine requires two doses administered a minimum of 21 to 28 days apart.

“Supplies are holding up well, and we have ample vaccine for all eligible healthcare workers registering for appointments at our vaccination clinic at the Parkview Mirro Center for Research and Innovation,” said Floor. “We receive a weekly vaccine allocation from the (ISDH) and this provides ample supply for the week’s vaccination appointments.”

As part of the state’s vaccination plan, Marion General Hospital (MGH) has been designated as a Phase 1-A vaccine distribution site and will be responsible for handling the vaccination of health care workers in Grant and Wabash counties.

On Thursday, Dec. 14, Lutheran Health community relations and strategic events director Joy Lohse said they would begin vaccinations the following morning at Dupont Hospital in Fort Wayne and Kosciusko Community Hospital in Warsaw.

On Tuesday, Dec. 29, Lohse said they had received their second shipment of the Pfizer vaccine and the first shipment of the Moderna vaccine.

Floor said they have an “ample supply” of the Pfizer vaccine on hand at Parkview Health.

“(This) is allocated to Parkview Health by the ISDH because we have the ultracold storage capacity and the pharmacy personnel to manage the vaccine supply.

For more information, visit www.coronavirus.in.gov/vaccine.

School figures

The ISDH’s school dashboard was updated Monday, Jan. 5 with data as of 11:59 p.m. Friday, Jan. 2. The dashboard is updated weekly at noon Mondays.

Statewide, 175 schools reported no cases, 1,886 reported one or more case and 307 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 fewer than five new student positive cases, fewer than five new teacher positive cases, 36 total student positive cases, eight total teacher positive cases and eight total staff positive cases.

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

Manchester Intermediate School (MIS) reported six total student 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 fewer than five each total student positive cases, total teacher positive cases and total staff positive cases.

Northfield Jr./Sr. High School (NHS) reported 36 total student positive cases, fewer than five total teacher positive cases and eight total staff positive cases.

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

Wabash Middle School reported 10 total student positive cases.

Wabash High School reported 10 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 total teacher positive cases.

Southwood Jr./Sr. High School (SHS) reported 14 total student 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.

On the Manchester Community Schools’ (MCS) own dashboard the information is updated once contact tracing is complete and all close contacts have been notified. MCS defines close contact is when an individual is within 6 feet for more than 15 minutes of someone with confirmed COVID-19.

“The Wabash County Health Department determined close contacts in conjunction with school personnel and advised us who to quarantine,” stated MCS.

The individually reported MCS cases include:

Sept. 28: One case each at MES and MHS, with five people quarantined.

Oct. 10: One case at MHS, with one person quarantined.

Oct. 14: One case at MHS, with two people quarantined.

Oct. 15: One case at MES, with five people quarantined. And one case at MHS, with two people quarantined.

Oct. 16: One case at MHS, with 34 people quarantined.

Oct. 20: One case at MHS, with no additional people quarantined.

Oct. 21: One case at MIS, with one person quarantined.

Oct. 28: One case at MHS, with no additional people quarantined.

Nov. 2: One case at MHS, with two people quarantined.

Nov. 3: Two cases at MHS, with two people quarantined.

Nov. 4: One case at MHS, with one person quarantined.

Nov. 4: One case at MIS with one person quarantined.

Nov. 5: One case at MHS, with one person quarantined.

Nov. 6: One case at MES, and one case at MHS, with two people quarantined.

Nov. 8: One case at MCS Transportation, with one person quarantined.

Nov. 9: One case at MHS, with one person quarantined.

Nov. 10: Three cases at MHS, with three people quarantined; and one case at MES, with one person quarantined.

Nov. 13: One case at MHS, with three people quarantined.

Nov. 14: One case at MHS, with three people quarantined.

Nov. 16: Two cases at MHS, with seven people quarantined; one case at MCS Transportation including all schools in the district, with 25 people quarantined; and one case at MHS, with five people quarantined.

Nov. 17: One case at MES, with 22 people quarantined; and one case at MCS Transportation, with four people quarantined.

Nov. 19: One case at MHS, with six people quarantined; and one case at MCS Transportation, with one person quarantined.

Nov. 20: Two cases at MHS, with 15 people quarantined.

Nov. 22: One case at MES, with 11 people quarantined.

Nov. 23: One case at MHS, with two people quarantined.

Nov. 24: Four cases at MHS, with 24 people quarantined.

Nov. 25: One case at MHS, with four people quarantined.

Nov. 29: One case at MHS, with one person quarantined.

Nov. 30: One case at MHS, with one person quarantined.

Dec. 1: One case at MIS, with three people quarantined; and one case at MHS, with three people quarantined.

Dec. 3: One case at MHS, with two people quarantined.

Dec. 4: One case at MHS, with one person quarantined.

Dec. 8: Three cases at MHS, with five people quarantined.

Dec. 10: Two cases at MHS, with 15 people quarantined.

Dec. 14: One case at MIS, with 17 people quarantined.

Dec. 16: One case at MES, with 16 people quarantined.

Dec. 17: One case at MHS, with 21 people quarantined.

Dec. 19: One case at MHS, with four people quarantined.

Dec. 20: One case at MHS, with three people quarantined.

Dec. 23: One case at MHS, with one person quarantined; and one case at MIS, with three people quarantied.

Dec. 26: One case at MIS, with one person quarantined.

Dec. 28: Two cases at MHS, with four people quarantined.

Dec. 31: One case at MHS, with one person quarantined.

Jan. 2: One case at MHS, with two people quarantined.

Jan. 3: One case at the MCS Administrative Office, one person quarantined.

Jan. 4: One case at the MCS Administrative Office, one person quarantined.

Testing continues at Parkview Wabash

OptumServe will administer free COVID-19 testing from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays at Parkview Wabash Hospital “on an on-going basis.” Testing will take place at 8 John Kissinger Drive in the first-floor conference room of the Medical Office Building (MOB) adjoining Parkview Wabash Hospital. Testing site patrons should not use the MOB entrance or enter through the hospital, but instead, enter and exit through the designated entrance between the two buildings. Signage will mark the appropriate entrance, which is within a few steps of the conference room and testing site.

Local figures

On Friday, the ISDH reported 23 new local positive COVID-19 cases, bringing Wabash County’s total to 2,630, with 12,106 tests. The local seven-day positivity rating for all tests was 5.5 percent. The local seven-day positivity rating for unique individuals was 21.7 percent.

On Saturday, the ISDH reported seven new local positive COVID-19 cases, bringing Wabash County’s total to 2,637, with 12,142 tests. The local seven-day positivity

rating for all tests was 6.2 percent. The local seven-day positivity rating for unique individuals was 23.9 percent.

On Sunday, the ISDH reported four new local positive COVID-19 cases, bringing Wabash County’s total to 2,641, with 12,159 tests. The local seven-day positivity rating for all tests was 6.3 percent. The local seven-day positivity rating for unique individuals was 24.1 percent.

On Monday, the ISDH reported 24 new local positive COVID-19 cases, bringing Wabash County’s total to 2,665, with 12,191 tests. The local seven-day positivity rating for all tests was 6.1 percent. The local seven-day positivity rating for unique individuals was 23.7 percent.

On Tuesday, the ISDH reported eight new local positive COVID-19 cases, bringing Wabash County’s total to 2,673, with 12,217 tests. The local seven-day positivity rating for all tests was 6.5 percent. The local seven-day positivity rating for unique individuals was 23.7 percent.

Statewide figures

On Tuesday, the ISDH announced that 3,477 additional Hoosiers have been diagnosed with COVID-19 through testing at state and private laboratories. That brings to 533,083 the number of Indiana residents now known to have had the novel coronavirus following corrections to the previous day’s dashboard.

A total of 8,292 Hoosiers are confirmed to have died from COVID-19, an increase of 142 from the previous day. Another 371 probable deaths have been reported based on clinical diagnoses in patients for whom no positive test is on record. Deaths are reported based on when data are received by the state and occurred over multiple days.

To date, 2,681,739 unique individuals have been tested in Indiana, up from 2,675,056 on Monday. A total of 5,845,344 tests, including repeat tests for unique individuals, have been reported to the ISDH since Feb. 26.

Besides the Wabash site, the ISDH will offer free testing from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. through Saturday at the following locations:

Schinkle Station, 111 W. State St., Huntington.

Lawrence County Fairgrounds, 11265 US 50, Bedford.

Wayne County Fairgrounds, 861 Salisbury Road, Richmond.

To find other 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@wabashplaindealer.com.