FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT) -- The positivity rate for COVID-19 in Allen County is getting closer to 15%, and the average number of cases per day is 273.
Allen County Health Commissioner Dr. Matthew Sutter said hospitals in the area are strained as with this uptick in cases.
Sutter is concerned about COVID-19 spreading even more over this Thanksgiving holiday.
“This is really bad timing for when this is happening,” he said. “But I am concerned that at family gatherings, people are going to be spreading COVID-19, even to vulnerable relatives.
“It’s likely that if people don’t change their behavior, we will see significant spread over the holiday which means that some people may die as a result of having gatherings.”
Sutter said if the positivity rate goes over 15%, Allen County will be in the red advisory level.
He said the best way to prevent hospitalizations and deaths from COVID-19 is to get vaccinated, especially for those over 40.
For those who might still be skeptical about the vaccine, Sutter reiterated that it is safe.
“For those that don’t want to be the first to get one, it’s ok,” he said. “Hundreds of millions of doses have been given.
“What we know is the side effects are very rare, and they’re much much less common than the same side effects if you get the virus. So if you’re looking at risk-benefit, getting the vaccine is better than not getting the vaccine.”