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Indiana virus deaths top 5,000

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After deadline on Tuesday, the Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH) reported 5,541 new COVID-19 cases over the last 24 hours (5,218 new cases on Monday), to bring the total so far to 262,207.

ISDH also reported 89 additional deaths on Tuesday (26 additional deaths on Monday), to bring the total to date to 5,026.

On Tuesday, the seven-day moving average for per-day COVID-19 deaths was 36 (29 on Monday). The highest seven-day moving average for per-day deaths since the pandemic began was 42, recorded 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 255 presumptive deaths was reported on Tuesday, up from 250 on Monday.


Meanwhile, hospitalizations continued to spike on Tuesday, with 2,951 reported (2,768).

Tuesday’s 2,951 hospitalizations are the most on any single day since the pandemic began, up from the previous record of 2,634 set only three days before, on Saturday, Nov. 14.

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 28-day period Oct. 20-Nov. 17, daily COVID-19 hospitalizations in Indiana jumped by 99 percent, from 1,484 to 2,951.

ICU Beds

On Tuesday ISDH reported a 25.2 percent availability of ICU beds statewide, down from 26.2 percent on Monday. Non-COVID ICU bed use dropped to 37.9 percent (39 percent on Monday); but COVID bed use jumped to 36.9 percent (34.7 percent on Monday).

County Numbers

On  Tuesday, Marion County reported 36,874 cases and 827 deaths (36,006 and 823 on Monday), the most in the state in both categories. Lake County reported 23,588 cases and 423 deaths (23,167 and 413), the second most in the state in both categories. LaPorte County reported 3,898 cases and 83 deaths (3,847 and 82).

Porter County Status

Expected to Go Red Today

ISDH is next scheduled to update Porter County’s COVID-19 color status on Wednesday, Nov. 18. Based on current metrics--the seven-day rolling average of new cases per 100,000 residents; and the rolling seven-day average “All Test” positivity rate--the Porter County Health Department has signaled its belief that the county will be downgraded to Red from Orange.

On Nov. 11, ISDH left Porter County’s color status unchanged at a steady “Orange 2.5.”

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 11/18/2020




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