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This week’s updates on the coronavirus pandemic

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• The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention lowered its risk advisory for Allen, Auglaize, Hardin, Putnam and Van Wert counties from high to medium Thursday, reflecting a decline in positive COVID cases and hospital admissions reported to the CDC in recent weeks.

This week’s updates on the coronavirus pandemic

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• Allen, Auglaize, Hardin, Putnam and Van Wert counties remain at high risk, but hospital admissions attributed to COVID-19 are declining, according to CDC community level ratings.

This week’s updates on the coronavirus pandemic

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• State health officials are urging residents to get their bivalent COVID-19 booster to protect them from developing severe illness from newer omicron subvariants of the virus.

This week’s updates on the coronavirus pandemic

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• Allen County Public Health will resume its influenza and COVID-19 vaccination clinics from 9 to 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. Mondays and Fridays at the health department, 219 E. Market St., Lima, in January and February. The clinic will be closed on Monday, Jan. 2; Monday, Jan. 16; and Monday, Feb. 20.

This week’s updates on the coronavirus pandemic

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• Allen County Public Health has canceled its off-site vaccination clinic for Friday, Dec. 23, due to inclement weather. The clinic will also be closed on Monday, Dec. 26, in observance of Christmas. The final clinic, which offers updated COVID-19 boosters and influenza vaccines, will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday, Dec. 30, at Clock Tower Plaza, 927 N. Cable Road, Lima.

This week’s updates on the coronavirus pandemic

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• Children as young as 6 months old are now eligible for updated COVID-19 boosters.

This week’s updates on the coronavirus pandemic

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• Children as young as 6 months old may soon be eligible for updated COVID-19 boosters after the U.S. Food and Drug Administration gave the OK Thursday for Moderna and Pfizer to amend their emergency use authorizations for the updated vaccine formula, also known as bivalent boosters.

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• There were seven additional deaths attributed to COVID-19 reported in the five-county region in the last seven days, including three in Allen County, one in Hardin County, one in Putnam County and two in Van Wert County, according to the Ohio Department of Health.

This week’s updates on the coronavirus pandemic

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• There were two additional deaths attributed to COVID-19 reported in the five-county region in the last seven days, including one in Allen County and one in Van Wert County, ODH data show.

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• Seventeen residents and two employees at Wyngate Senior Living Community tested positive for COVID-19 in the last seven days, according to the Ohio Department of Health.