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ISDH: DeKalb, Whitley move to highest COVID-19 risk level

Ind. (WPTA21) — The latest update from the Indiana Department of Health shows some area counties have been moved to the highest COVID-19 advisory level.

The department assigns all 92 counties a color-coded score (blue, yellow, orange, and red) each week based on positivity rate and cases per 100,000 people.

Whitley and DeKalb County moved from the orange level to red on Wednesday, state data shows. Whitley's 7-day positivity rate stands at 16.58% with DeKalb's at 15.23%.

Allen County remains in the orange advisory level, with the 7-day positivity rate now at 11.35 percent.

The Allen County Department of Health reported a spike in new COVID-19 deaths with an additional 14 reported on Wednesday. The overall death toll stands at 731 with 50,846 total cases

The state department of health also reported a spike in new deaths at 86, the highest number reported since late January.

Hospitalizations in the state also continue to trend upwards.

Statewide, data shows 19.6 percent of ICU beds are available. Of the beds that are in use, officials say 31.1 percent are COVID patients.

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Jazlynn Bebout

Jazlynn Bebout is the Assignment Desk Editor and Digital Editor at WPTA. Follow her on Twitter @jazlynnsb

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