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Tighter COVID-19 restrictions to return to Allen County, health commissioner says

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ALLEN COUNTY, Ind. (WPTA21) - Allen County's Health Commissioner says tighter restrictions are coming back as the spread of COVID-19 continues to ramp up in the community.

Each week, the Indiana State Department of Health gives a color-coded score to each county based on positivity rates and new cases per 100,000 people.

Dr. Matthew Sutter, Allen County Health Commissioner, said Allen County will shift to red this week after being in a lesser category.

“As we expect Allen County to again shift to the state’s red category this week, we believe ongoing limits are needed in spaces where spread is more likely,” said health commissioner Dr. Sutter. “We ask our community to please continue being vigilant with public health measures that work to slow the spread of this deadly virus.”

The order mirrors limits on social gatherings and events laid out in Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb’s executive order.

It also continues capacity limits in restaurants, bars and fitness centers depending on the county’s status in the color-coded categories outlined in previous local orders.

While the county is in the red category according to state metrics, all social gatherings and events are limited to no more than 25 people.

Under the local order, bars, restaurants and fitness centers are required to operate at 50 percent capacity with other safety protocols outlined in the order in place. And collegiate and professional sports organizers seeking spectator attendance at sporting events not already defined in the governor's order must submit a safety plan to the Allen County Department of Health for approval at least seven days in advance.

The county will not move back to less restrictive levels outlined in the orders until the color-coded metrics remain in that state category for two consecutive weeks.

The public health order goes into effect on Wednesday at 12 a.m. You can view it here:

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County restrictions in the "Red:"

The county has a point score of 3.0 or higher when percent positivity and new cases per 100,000 residents are combined. Very high positivity and community spread. When a county is in the red metric, these requirements remain in effect until the metric has returned to orange or lower for two weeks. Local officials may impose additional restrictions.

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Kayla Crandall

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