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Health commissioner: time to take COVID-19 seriously

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FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WPTA21) -- Allen County's health commissioner says it's time to take the virus seriously.

Dr. Matthew Sutter says people are needing to wait at least three days to get a COVID-19 test and longer to get results because cases keep going up.

More and more of the people being tested are getting positive results, driving the local positivity rate up.

He says the county does not have the ability to open more testing sites than the two it runs right now, because it doesn't have the staffing.

Dr. Sutter says local emergency rooms are seeing more patients -- and that many of them are COVID-related.

More and more of the people being tested are getting positive results, driving the local positivity rate up.

He says some of them are getting quite ill, and says it's time for you to take this seriously -- and take personal responsibility for your health and others'.

"It's a great time to think about a Zoom Thanksgiving. It's going to be almost impossible to safely have a multi-household holiday gathering. It's not technically impossible, but it's so close that I think people should really consider just having gatherings of just their household. Connect by video, connect by phone, enjoy food and such with your own household. But I'm very, very concerned about putting multiple households together. Being related to somebody doesn't reduce the risk that you're going to transmit the virus," he said.

He says the number of people wearing masks has gone down in Allen County -- something he says is concerning as cases surge.

Corinne Rose

Corinne Rose is a reporter for WPTA.

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