Indiana health officials see ’cause for optimism’ as new COVID-19 cases decline in recent weeks

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INDIANAPOLIS (WANE) – Indiana health officials say the recent surge of COVID-19 is slowing down throughout Indiana, but the state still has a long way to go to get the virus under control.

On Wednesday, State Health Commissioner Kris Box and Chief Medical Officer Lindsay Weaver shared an update on the state’s response to COVID-19.

Across the state, Dr. Box says COVID-19 cases have dipped for the third straight week. Although it is an encouraging sign, she warns that cases could continue fluctuate up and down.

Despite the decline in cases, Dr. Box adds that hospitals continue to be strained with a high number of patients infected by COVID-19. Almost all those admitted are not vaccinated, according to Dr. Box.

As of Wednesday, almost 56% of eligible Hoosiers are fully vaccinated against COVID-19, including more than 70% of those aged 60 and older. However, only one-third of children between 12-15 are fully vaccinated. Dr. Weaver says the state must do better.

Along with Wednesday’s update, the Indiana Department of Health also announced the launch of a mass testing and vaccine clinic near the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Both COVID-19 and flu vaccines will be offered at this clinic.

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