INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -
The number of coronavirus patients in Indiana hospitals grew over the
weekend to the highest level in nearly five months, state health officials
The 1,238 COVID-19
hospitalizations as of Sunday marked the eighth straight day topping 1,000
after not reaching that high since the end of May, the Indiana State
Department of Health reported.
have increased nearly 65% since Sept. 19, just before Gov. Eric Holcomb
decided to lift nearly all of Indiana’s restrictions on businesses and crowd
sizes that he had imposed to slow the coronavirus spread.
department’s daily update showed Indiana’s seven-day rolling average of new
cases continued growing at record levels, reaching 1,519 as of Sunday.
That’s a 75% increase from two weeks earlier.
deaths were added Monday to the state’s toll, raising it to 3,795, including
confirmed and presumed coronavirus cases. That is an increase of 114 deaths
in the past week.
candidate Woody Myers, a former state health commissioner, said Friday that
tougher restrictions needed to be reinstated and that Holcomb’s steps have
the state moving “in the wrong direction.”
defended his decision to lift most coronavirus restrictions other than the
statewide mask mandate. Holcomb urged residents to continue taking
precautions and that the COVID-19 spread is being monitored daily.