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Indiana cases top 250,000; more than 8,000 reported Saturday alone

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COVID-19 cases topped 250,000 in Indiana on Sunday, while the single-day new-case record was shattered on Saturday, the Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH) was reporting.

Over the 72-hour period Friday-Sunday, ISDH reported 21,003 new cases, to bring the total so far to 251,597.

ISDH reported 5,708 new cases on Friday (6,654 new cases on Thursday); 8,451 on Saturday; and 6,844 on Sunday.

Saturday’s 8,451 new cases represents the highest single-day total since the pandemic began, breaking--by fully 27 percent--the previous record of 6,654 set just the previous day, on Friday, Nov. 13.


ISDH also reported an additional 97 deaths from COVID-19 over the same 72-hour period, to bring the total to date to 4,911.

ISDH reported 50 additional deaths on Friday (51 on Thursday); 25 on Saturday; and 22 on Sunday.

On Sunday, the seven-day moving average for per-day COVID-19 deaths was 31 (35 on Friday). The highest seven-day moving average for per-day deaths since the pandemic began was 42, recorded on April 27.


Meanwhile, hospitalizations continued to spike over the weekend, with 2,628 reported on Sunday. On Saturday ISDH reported 2,634 hospitalizations, the highest number on any single day since the pandemic began, up from the previous record of 2,569 set just two days before, on Thursday.

According to ISDH, the most hospitalizations on any given day during the initial surge of the pandemic was 1,799, on April 13.

In the 26-day period Oct. 20-Nov. 16, daily COVID-19 hospitalizations jumped by 77 percent, from 1,484 to 2,628,

ICU Beds

On Sunday ISDH reported a 25.5 percent availability of ICU beds statewide (22.3 percent on Thursday), with non-COVID ICU bed use dropping to 40.8 (46.7 percent on Thursday); but COVID bed use increasing to 33.8 percent (31 percent on Thursday).

County Numbers

On  Sunday, Marion County reported 35,416 cases and 821 deaths (32,962 and 814 on Thursday), the most in the state in both categories. Lake County reported 22,575 cases and 412 deaths (20,908 and 403), the second most in the state in both categories. LaPorte County reported 3,759 cases and 82 deaths (3,429 and 82).

Indiana School Cases

As of Monday, Nov. 9, ISDH was reporting 5,916 student cases statewide; 1,235 teacher cases; and 1,429 staff cases.


Posted 11/16/2020




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