The Fort Wayne community continues to find a path through the COVID-19 pandemic that has claimed lives and changed habits throughout the state and nation.
School districts are exploring options for reopening classrooms this fall. Many churches are welcoming at least limited numbers of worshipers, sometimes choosing a hybrid of in-person and online services. Most popular summer festivals have been canceled; others have been postponed or curtailed.
Many communities have canceled Independence Day celebrations, but a few still planned festivities.
Other public gatherings continue to cope with attendance maximums and often enforce social distancing or require face coverings. While neighborhood softball and baseball diamonds have been busy, the Fort Wayne TinCaps have yet to see the Minor League turf of Parkview Field.
The Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo moved ahead with plans to open to the general public on Saturday, July 4. July hours at the zoo will be noon-7 p.m. daily. Zoo admission had been limited to members only for several weeks, and the opening date also was delayed due to COVID-19 restrictions.
The Allen County Public Library announced June 29 that all branches will reopen July 6, but with a list of restrictions.
Meanwhile, Allen County’s totals of COVID-19 cases and related deaths further increased this past week. The Allen County Department of Health reported June 25 that the number of COVID-19 deaths in the county had topped the 100 mark. As of June 29, the number of deaths stood at 107 since the first was reported on March 22. The department’s daily report showed 21 new positive tests, bringing the total to 2,649 cases.
The Indiana State Department of Health announced Sunday that 496 additional Hoosiers have been diagnosed with COVID-19 through testing at ISDH, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and private laboratories. That brings to 44,575 the total number of Indiana residents known to have the novel coronavirus following corrections to the previous day’s total.
A total of 2,424 Hoosiers were confirmed to have died from COVID-19.
Intensive care unit and ventilator capacity remained steady. Nearly 38 percent of ICU beds and nearly 84 percent of ventilators were available.
The ISDH lists free testing sites at www.coronavirus.in.gov.
The latest ISDH county-by-county totals in northeast Indiana included: Elkhart, 2976 cases, 42 deaths; Kosciusko, 468 cases , 2 deaths; Wabash, 106 cases, 2 deaths; LaGrange, 446 cases, 6 deaths; Steuben, 120 cases, 2 deaths; Noble, 427 cases, 28 deaths; DeKalb, 155 cases, 4 deaths; Whitley, 78 cases, 4 deaths; Huntington, 67 cases, 2 deaths; Wells, 67 cases, 1 death; Adams, 44 cases, 1 death.
In nearby Ohio, county totals are: Williams, 63 cases, 1 death; Defiance, 45 cases, 3 deaths; Paulding, 22 cases, 0 deaths; Van Wert, 21 cases, 0 deaths.