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Indiana shatters virus case record; hospitalization records set again

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After deadline on Thursday, the Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH) reported 4,462 new COVID-19 cases over the previous 24 hours (3,756 new cases on Wednesday), to bring the total so far to 196,172.

Those 4,462 new cases represent a new single-day record, exceeding the old one of 3,765 set just the day before, on Wednesday, Nov. 4.

Also on  Thursday, ISDH reported 47 additional COVID-19 deaths over the same 24-hour period (25 additional deaths on Wednesday), to bring the total to date to 4,511.

In addition, ISDH reported 1,948 hospitalizations on Thursday, up from 1,897 on Wednesday and the most hospitalizations on any single day of the pandemic since ISDH began tracking those numbers, on April 8.

Marion County was reporting 29,049 cases and 800 deaths (28,669 and 798 on Wednesday), the most in the state in both categories. Lake County was reporting 17,487 cases and 387 deaths (16,965 and 384), the second most in the state in both categories. LaPorte County was reporting 2,877 cases and 69 deaths (2,779 and 68).

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 242 presumptive deaths was reported on Thursday, up from 240 on Wednesday.

Porter County Downgraded

Meanwhile, ISDH downgraded Porter County' status on Wednesday 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."

Last week, ISDH gave "Orange" grades to 50 of Indiana's 92 counties; on Wednesday, that number increased to 71. Last week, ISDH gave "Yellow" grades to 36 counties; on Wednesday, that number dropped to 17. Only one county was graded "Blue" on Wednesday; last week, three were.

Indiana School Cases

Meanwhile, as of Monday ISDH was reporting 4,363 student cases statewide; 919 teacher cases; and 1,055 total staff cases.


Posted 11/6/2020




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