Health officials urge Hoosiers to remain cautious, even after COVID-19 vaccines

Allen County Health Commissioner Dr. Matthew Sutter says even vaccinated Hoosiers should continue to wear masks and social distance.

Posted: Mar 3, 2021 8:53 PM
Updated: Mar 4, 2021 9:55 AM

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT) — For over 50,000 Allen County residents so far, the COVID-19 vaccine is the light at the end of the tunnel.

Rick Koomler with Kroger Health has seen this first hand.

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“The gratitude that they expressed to me. They hadn’t left their house for months, and generally, their caregivers were with them, and talking about what peace of mind they're going to have moving forward now that this loved one has the vaccine was really rewarding,” Koomler said.

But Allen County Health Commissioner Dr. Matthew Sutter says even vaccinated Hoosiers should continue to wear masks and social distance.

“Since we don’t know for sure that you can’t transmit it after vaccination, we’re asking people to be cautious still," Sutter said. "It’s just a conservative approach because what we want to do is continue driving these case numbers down as more and more people get vaccinated.”

RELATED: Indiana mask mandate to remain in effect through March; vaccine eligibility continuing by age group

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Governor Eric Holcomb warns it may be a while until COVID-19 is completely in the past.

“When is it going to end? We’ve got the flu every year. People get vaccinated every year, so I think that’s an impossible question to answer because we just don’t know, but what we do know is we have more control now than ever, and it’s paying off,” Holcomb said.

As vaccinations climb, Sutter is optimistic about what this Spring could look like.

“If trends continue and we’re in blue, that opens up gatherings a bit more, and I think as long as people are masking and using good behaviors with that, they could be done relatively safely, especially as we get better weather and we can start having more things outdoors,” Sutter said.

Indiana this week has reported its lowest number of positive cases since September.

The statewide mask mandate remains in place through the month of March.

Despite pressure from other Republican leaders, Governor Holcomb says he doesn’t think it is time to lift it just yet.

Indiana Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Cases: 704632

Reported Deaths: 13211
CountyCasesDeaths
Marion961411718
Lake51322943
Allen39040670
Hamilton34368405
St. Joseph33865539
Elkhart27197431
Vanderburgh22050394
Tippecanoe21725212
Johnson17475374
Porter17240298
Hendricks16754310
Clark12663190
Madison12321337
Vigo12172244
Monroe11417166
LaPorte10841204
Delaware10325184
Howard9629211
Kosciusko9098113
Hancock7954139
Bartholomew7867155
Warrick7680155
Floyd7543176
Wayne6887198
Grant6773171
Boone6524100
Morgan6379138
Dubois6074117
Marshall5770108
Dearborn568576
Cass5678102
Henry5569100
Noble539383
Jackson492869
Shelby478295
Lawrence4336118
Gibson427789
Harrison427570
Clinton417753
Montgomery417286
DeKalb407984
Huntington377480
Whitley376339
Miami371765
Knox365789
Steuben363357
Putnam352360
Jasper347546
Wabash347377
Adams337852
Ripley333468
Jefferson312180
White307854
Daviess289399
Wells285581
Decatur278592
Fayette277162
Greene270485
Posey268433
Scott260853
Clay253044
LaGrange252170
Randolph234680
Washington230631
Spencer227531
Jennings224747
Fountain208245
Sullivan207542
Starke202652
Owen191956
Fulton190939
Jay185829
Carroll185620
Perry179736
Orange176753
Rush170624
Vermillion165943
Franklin165635
Tipton160943
Parke144316
Blackford133331
Pike130234
Pulaski113245
Newton103034
Brown99740
Crawford97514
Benton96413
Martin82515
Warren79315
Switzerland7698
Union69710
Ohio55711
Unassigned0408

Ohio Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Cases: 1050112

Reported Deaths: 18991
CountyCasesDeaths
Franklin1219281356
Cuyahoga1067232069
Hamilton780741168
Montgomery49976996
Summit45252909
Lucas39984765
Butler37678570
Stark31385895
Lorain24111473
Warren23864293
Mahoning20869583
Lake19963362
Clermont19423229
Delaware18002130
Licking16109207
Fairfield15676197
Trumbull15553460
Medina14839259
Greene14643236
Clark13602293
Wood12733185
Portage12353196
Allen11312229
Richland11025198
Miami10525214
Muskingum8702127
Wayne8556209
Columbiana8535226
Pickaway8429121
Tuscarawas8370240
Marion8365135
Erie7554154
Hancock6694123
Ross6693146
Geauga6532146
Ashtabula6470165
Scioto6286101
Belmont5610158
Union557447
Lawrence5465102
Jefferson5303147
Huron5298114
Darke5268121
Sandusky5171120
Seneca5108120
Washington5073107
Athens500656
Auglaize475184
Mercer471184
Shelby455890
Knox4380108
Madison421559
Putnam420799
Ashland412688
Fulton409167
Defiance400896
Crawford3866101
Brown386055
Logan372876
Preble369898
Clinton360560
Ottawa356578
Highland346359
Williams324974
Champaign319257
Jackson307951
Guernsey306149
Perry289649
Fayette277348
Morrow274639
Hardin264164
Henry263566
Coshocton258857
Holmes253099
Van Wert238862
Gallia233346
Pike232931
Adams227852
Wyandot226953
Hocking208959
Carroll189147
Paulding168638
Meigs141538
Noble132837
Monroe128841
Morgan106623
Harrison105236
Vinton81414
Unassigned02
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