COVID deaths continue to set grim pace in county

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HANCOCK COUNTY — The county has reported two new COVID-19 deaths, raising its total to 220.

One of the victims was age 80 or older, and the other was in their 50s, according to the Indiana Department of Health. One was a woman and the other was a man. The deaths occurred on Jan. 15 and Jan. 16.

The Jan. 15 death raised last week’s total to nine, making it the second-deadliest week of the pandemic for the county. The weeks of Jan. 10-16, 2021; and Nov. 29-Dec. 5, 2020, each had 10 COVID-19 deaths.

Hancock County also added nearly 250 new COVID-19 cases on Tuesday.

After the state’s weekly update Wednesday, the county’s advisory level remained red, the most severe. Every county in the state is now red.

Indiana reported 118 new COVID-19 deaths occurring between Nov. 15, 2021, and Jan. 18, 2022, raising that total to 19,761. The state also reported 16,354 new cases on Tuesday, its second-highest case day of the pandemic.

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