FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT) -- COVID-19 cases in Allen County are starting to decrease slightly.
“It definitely spiked for about a three-to-four week period,” Mindy Waldron, the Allen County Department of Health’s Department Administrator said. “We’ve come down a little bit now, but there’s still quite a few per day in the hundreds.”
But because there’s still a need, the Allen County Department of Health is opening a new testing site tomorrow.
The Ruston Pass location closed on Saturday, and this new location at 5750 Falls Road will fill the county’s testing needs.
“It is one of those tools in the toolbox that we’re glad that we have and that can help get us through this pandemic,” Waldron said.
As far as vaccinations go, Waldron said about 3,000-5,000 people per week get a shot in Allen County.
In total, she said about 56 percent of eligible Allen County residents are vaccinated.
“We’ve come a long way compared to where we were last year when we started doing vaccines, but we still have a little ways to go,” Michelle Charles, Parkview Health’s Vice President of Nursing Informatics, said.
The Mirro Center will once again be a part of that effort.
Parkview recently opened it again for people to get Pfizer shots: first, second and booster.
Waldron says with the number of cases going down, she’s hopeful this is a positive sign.
“Over the last few days we’ve had a lot lower numbers, that’s a very good thing,” she said. “And with testing going down as well, hopefully hospitalizations will also come down. We do hope it’s a good sign.”
Charles encourages everyone to do their part and get their vaccines.
“The only way we’re going to defeat the coronavirus is for everyone to get vaccinated,” she said.
If you’d like to get tested, the new testing site is open from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. Monday through Friday.
For the Pfizer vaccine, the Mirro Center’s clinic will be open from 9:30 a.m. until 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.