Cases declining, boosters available in Allen County

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Oct. 14—LIMA — Allen County Public Health Commissioner Brandon Fischer provided another update on the county's COVID-19 situation Wednesday.

Fischer said that the county's case count is finally starting to trend downward, and there are now more resources available to protect the community from the virus. He highlighted that some eligible residents can now receive COVID vaccine booster shots at the clinic located in the Lima Mall. He also reminded residents that COVID-19 home tests are still available at the public library.

Eligibility requirements are still limited for the booster shots. Currently, third shots are only open to those who have received the Pfizer vaccine and are at high risk of having severe COVID symptoms. The clinic at the mall is open from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Mondays and Fridays.

For those who aren't eligible for a booster, Fischer said that the community should continue to follow the proper health guidelines to keep Allen County trending in the right direction as the holidays approach.

"We just continue to urge people to take those precautions," Fischer said. "Get the vaccine, wear a mask indoors in crowded settings just to limit any negative outcomes that could happen from exposure to the virus that could create trauma for you or your family in the future."

Fischer also noted that Allen County is still behind the state in terms of its rate of vaccination, increasing the risk of more severe cases in the county.

"It is important for people to know that while cases are declining, we still have negative outcomes that occur from the final cases," he said. "We may have 20 to 30 cases here in a couple of weeks, but that doesn't mean we're not going to have five or 10 hospitalizations that take place and deaths that don't take place as we move forward."

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