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Indiana reports 59 more virus deaths; ICU bed space still under pressure

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After deadline on Thursday, the Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH) reported 7,420 new COVID-19 cases over the previous 24 hours (6,143 new cases on Wednesday), to bring the total so far to 275,334.

Thursday’s 7,420 cases are the second most ever recorded over a 24-hour period since the pandemic began. The most ever: 8,451, reported on Saturday, Nov. 14.

ISDH also reported 59 additional deaths on Thursday (60 additional deaths on Wednesday), to bring the total to date to 5,144.

On Thursday, the seven-day moving average for per-day COVID-19 deaths was 39 (43 on Wednesday). Wednesday’s seven-day moving average of 43 per-day deaths is the highest reported since the pandemic began, eclipsing the mark of 42 reported on April 27.

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 254 presumptive deaths was reported on Thursday, unchanged from Wednesday.


Meanwhile, hospitalizations continued to rise on Thursday, with 3,063 reported (3,040 on Wednesday).

Thursday’s 3,063 hospitalizations are the most on any single day since the pandemic began, up from the previous record of 3,040 set only the day before, on Wednesday, Nov. 18.

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 30-day period Oct. 20-Nov. 17, daily COVID-19 hospitalizations in Indiana jumped by 106 percent, from 1,484 to 3,063.

ICU Bed Availability

On Thursday ISDH reported a 21.3 percent availability of ICU beds statewide, down from 21.7 percent on Wednesday. COVID bed use rose to 39.3 percent (39 percent on Wednesday); while Non-COVID bed use increased to 39.4 percent (39.3 percent on Wednesday).

County Numbers

On Thursday, Marion County reported 38,327 cases and 831 deaths (37,552 and 828 on Wednesday), the most in the state in both categories. Lake County reported 24,508 cases and 433 deaths (23,953 and 430), the second most in the state in both categories. LaPorte County reported 4,080 cases and 86 deaths (4,001 and 84).

Porter County Status Red

As of Wednesday, Porter County’s COVID-19 color status is Red, downgraded from Orange. The color status is the average of two metrics: the seven-day rolling average of new cases per 100,000 residents; and the rolling seven-day average “All Test” positivity rate.

A per-100,000 average of 200 or more earns a Red score (3). Porter County’s per-100,000 average as of Thursday: 850.

An average “All Test” positivity rate of 15 percent or higher also earns a Red Score (3). Porter County’s “All Test” positivity rate as of Nov. 11: 16.7 percent.

Last week, nine Indiana counties of 92 scored Red. Currently, 21 counties are in the Red, a spike of 133 percent. Also as of Wednesday, 23 percent of all Indiana counties are in the Red.

Indiana School Cases

As of Monday, according to ISDH there were 8,217 total student cases statewide; 1,685 teacher cases; and 1,971 staff cases.



Posted 11/20/2020




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