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Indiana sets one day case record; hospitalization records also set, again; cases top 200,000

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Indiana set consecutive single-day records for new COVID-19 cases on Friday and Saturday, while hospitalizations continue  to climb beyond any level seen in the early days of the pandemic.

After deadline on Friday, the Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH) reported 4,714 new COVID-19 cases, to break the previous record of 4,462 set just the day before, on Thursday. Then, on Saturday, ISDH reported 5,007 new cases, yet another single-day record. On Sunday, ISDH reported 4,689 new cases.

The total number of cases reported over that 72-hour period: 14,410, to bring the total since the pandemic began in Indiana to 210,374.

Meanwhile, hospitalizations continue to spike. According to ISDH, the most hospitalizations on any given day in the initial surge of the pandemic was 1,799, on April 13. Hospitalizations totaled 2,001 on Friday (1,948 on Thursday); 2.036 on Saturday; and 2,070 on Sunday.

Also: ISDH reported 120 additional deaths over those 72 hours: 36 on Friday; 46 on Saturday; and 38 on Sunday, to bring the total so far to 4,631.  The total COVID-19 death count includes both confirmed and presumptive deaths to date. Presumptive deaths are those for which  x-ray, scans, and clinical  symptoms all point to COVID-19 but for which no positive test is on record.  A total of 246 presumptive deaths was reported on Sunday, up from 242 on Thursday.

On Sunday,  Marion County reported 30,427 cases and 804 deaths (29,049 and 800 on Thursday), the most in the state in both categories. Lake County reported 18,802 cases and 392 deaths (17,487 and 387), the second most in the state in both categories. LaPorte County reported 3,127 cases and 73 deaths (2,877 and 69).

Porter County Downgraded

Last week, ISDH downgraded Porter County’ status from “Orange 2.0” to “Orange 2.5,” on the basis of a rolling seven-day average of 410 new cases per 100,000 residents (320 the previous week); and a rolling seven-day  average “All Test” positivity rate of 12.09 percent (8.41 percent the previous week). The Orange code is an average of the per-100,000 cases, which ISDH scored a “3"; and the All-Test positive rate, which ISDH scored a “2.” ISDH is next scheduled to update Porter County’s status on Wednesday,  Nov. 11.

Indiana School Cases

Meanwhile, as of Monday, Nov. 2 ISDH was reporting 4,363 student cases statewide; 919 teacher cases; and 1,055 total staff cases. ISDH was scheduled to update school cases after deadline today.


Posted 11/9/2020




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