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Local health commissioner ‘concerned’ about increasing COVID numbers

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FORT WAYNE, Ind. (Fort Wayne's NBC) -- Allen County's health commissioner says he's concerned about the record numbers of positive coronavirus cases posted at the state and county level Friday.

Dr. Matthew Sutter said not only are more people testing positive, but more of them are in local hospitals right now with those numbers also going up.

Local health leaders are having discussions about possible restrictions here to curb the spread of COVID-19.

"If you look at the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in our district, that number has more than doubled in the past month. The hospitals are starting to feel the strain with that. They're not at capacity. It's not an emergency at this point, but they're starting to definitely feel that things have changed for them," he said.

He said local health leaders are having discussions about possible restrictions here to curb the spread of COVID-19, but he said because numbers are growing throughout Indiana, he believes a directive should come from the state department of health.

He said he knows people are getting tired of the pandemic and having to wear a mask, but says it is the best way to protect yourself and others and prevent the spread of the pandemic.

Corinne Rose

Corinne Rose is a reporter for WPTA.

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