Cautious optimism about COVID-19 vaccine among Allen Co. health officials

The goal so far in the fight against COVID-19 has been to limit the spread and flatten the curve, but more needs to be done to completely stop it from spreading throughout the community.

Posted: Nov 13, 2020 3:41 PM
Updated: Nov 14, 2020 9:50 AM

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT) -- Hundreds of people across Northeast Indiana are testing positive for COVID-19 every day, at a rate far higher than in the summer.

Dr. Vishal Bhatia with the Lutheran Health Network says the goal so far has been to limit the spread and flatten the curve, but more needs to be done for COVID-19 to stop spreading throughout the community.

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"For COVID-19 to go away, we have to flatten it enough that the transmissibility decreases at a rate that will not let the virus thrive," Bhatia said. "For that, you need to have appropriate vaccination."

Several vaccines by pharmaceutical companies are in the work, showing up to 90% success in trials so far in some cases

Allen County Health Commissioner Dr. Matthew Sutter says he has a cautious optimism about the vaccine's success.

Sutter explained, "I think we need to see the phase three data. While I’m hopeful about that, we just don’t know until we see the data."

However, Sutter says they’re already making plans for when the vaccine is available.

"We’ve been in talks with the state. There are plans to move vaccines in, probably before there’s actually an emergency use authorization," Sutter explained.

If you're someone who doesn't take care of COVID-19 patients, you'll have to potentially wait for several months to get the vaccine, as Bhatia explains the vaccination plan will start with keeping hospitals open first.

"The initial stockpile would be to vaccinate the people who are directly taking care of COVID patients and then it would go in phases. So, even if we have availability to mass vaccinate the population, I would think that would take two to three months to be able to be at that stage," Bhatia said.

There's no word yet when the vaccines will be arriving at local hospitals.

Indiana Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Cases: 613228

Reported Deaths: 9728
CountyCasesDeaths
Marion846851338
Lake45676687
Allen32980552
Hamilton29649315
St. Joseph27531382
Elkhart24478345
Vanderburgh19610250
Tippecanoe18108141
Johnson15191295
Porter14944169
Hendricks14485250
Madison11044222
Clark10811144
Vigo10795181
Monroe9458113
Delaware9170134
LaPorte9145164
Howard8292144
Kosciusko810183
Warrick680299
Hancock6782104
Bartholomew6640100
Floyd6507110
Wayne6177162
Grant6027116
Dubois558680
Boone556468
Morgan548695
Henry511464
Marshall506984
Cass486964
Dearborn486545
Noble475659
Jackson427747
Shelby420781
Lawrence393780
Clinton375044
Gibson374459
Harrison353045
DeKalb349864
Montgomery347654
Knox336239
Miami324544
Steuben315046
Whitley311126
Wabash305851
Adams302836
Ripley300546
Putnam298950
Huntington294860
Jasper291734
White275143
Daviess271774
Jefferson266238
Decatur249583
Fayette248648
Greene242262
Posey241028
Wells236951
LaGrange230062
Scott226839
Clay224332
Randolph215248
Jennings200636
Sullivan193533
Spencer193022
Washington188023
Fountain184927
Starke176444
Jay168623
Owen167637
Fulton164830
Orange160935
Carroll159715
Rush156318
Perry155929
Vermillion149734
Franklin149333
Tipton133133
Parke13088
Pike118526
Blackford111822
Pulaski97837
Newton92021
Brown88335
Benton87110
Crawford8099
Martin74913
Warren6857
Switzerland6695
Union6297
Ohio4977
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Ohio Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Cases: 868656

Reported Deaths: 10768
CountyCasesDeaths
Franklin102154707
Cuyahoga865201153
Hamilton64744448
Montgomery43516419
Summit35250762
Lucas31663631
Butler31268232
Stark26096443
Warren19830142
Lorain19296229
Mahoning17471339
Lake16250154
Clermont16128112
Delaware1453680
Licking13326137
Fairfield1294981
Trumbull12920317
Greene12174141
Medina11732168
Clark11058265
Wood10457158
Allen9988127
Portage9454111
Miami924473
Richland9236118
Marion7486113
Tuscarawas7440183
Columbiana7409124
Pickaway732150
Wayne7111172
Muskingum710342
Erie6221130
Ross5558100
Hancock555292
Scioto542764
Geauga515955
Darke473492
Lawrence460658
Union456928
Ashtabula456473
Sandusky439562
Mercer435089
Seneca433866
Huron432841
Auglaize424164
Shelby422522
Jefferson422469
Belmont421145
Washington394240
Athens38389
Putnam378075
Madison358129
Knox356122
Ashland349038
Fulton340443
Defiance334486
Crawford325774
Preble322737
Brown315821
Logan312132
Ottawa296543
Clinton291543
Williams280367
Highland279018
Jackson265845
Guernsey257126
Champaign253428
Fayette239530
Morrow23464
Perry233718
Holmes226774
Henry221953
Hardin215533
Coshocton206922
Van Wert203445
Gallia199826
Wyandot196751
Pike178017
Adams177715
Hocking173224
Carroll157616
Paulding145321
Noble121040
Meigs109724
Monroe102232
Harrison89921
Morgan83931
Vinton71314
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