On Wednesday, the
Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH) reported 6,283 new COVID-19 cases
over the previous 24 hours (4,347 new cases on Tuesday), to bring the total
so far to 440,850.
ISDH also reported
134 additional deaths on Wednesday (130 on Tuesday), to bring the total to
date to 7,136.
moving average for per-day COVID-19 deaths on Wednesday was 64 (73 on
Tuesday). The seven-day moving average of 75 per-day deaths on Friday, Dec.
11, is the highest ever recorded during the pandemic. The highest recorded
during the initial surge was 42 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 320 presumptive deaths was reported on Wednesday, up from 311 on Tuesday.
reported 3,192 hospitalizations on Wednesday (3,229 on Tuesday).
On Wednesday, ISDH
reported an 11.2 percent availability of ICU beds statewide (23.9 percent on
Tuesday). COVID bed use on Wednesday was 39.9 percent (42.3 percent on
Tuesday). Non-COVID bed use on Wednesday was 48.9 percent (33.8 percent on
Wednesday, Marion County reported 60,483 cases and 1,006 deaths (59,531 and
988 on Tuesday), the most in the state in both categories. Lake County
reported 35,536 cases and 537 deaths (35,347 and 533), the second most in
the state in both categories. LaPorte County reported 6,320 cases and 117
deaths (6,257 and 116).
On Wednesday, ISDH
left Porter County’s COVID-19 color status unchanged at Orange 2.5. 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.
average of 200 or more earns a Red score (3). Porter County’s per-100,000
An average “All
Test” positivity rate of 10 to 14.9 percent earns an Orange score (2).
Porter County’s “All Test” positivity rate: 12.44 percent.
ISDH also upgraded
10 counties on Wednesday to Orange. Currently, 26 counties of the 92
counties in Indiana are rated Red, down from 36 last week.
ISDH is next
scheduled to update Porter County’s color code on Wednesday, Dec. 23.
Porter County Health Department, using other metrics such as
hospitalizations and deaths, has opted to retain the Code Red status and has
issued additional restrictions accordingly, under the authority granted by
Executive Order 20-48.
As of Monday, ISDH
was reporting 16,383 student cases statewide; 3,404 teacher cases; and 4,118