After deadline on
Wednesday, the Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH) reported 6,143 new
COVID-19 cases over the last 24 hours (5,541 new cases on Tuesday), to bring
the total so far to 268,222.
ISDH also reported
60 additional deaths on Wednesday (89 additional deaths on Tuesday), to
bring the total to date to 5,085.
On Wednesday, the
seven-day moving average for per-day COVID-19 deaths was 38 (36 on Tuesday).
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 254 presumptive deaths was reported on Wednesday, upgraded from 255 on
hospitalizations continued to spike on Wednesday, with 3,040 reported (2,951
hospitalizations are the most on any single day since the pandemic began, up
from the previous record of 2,951 set only the day before, on Tuesday, Nov.
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 29-day
period Oct. 20-Nov. 17, daily COVID-19 hospitalizations in Indiana jumped by
108 percent, from 1,484 to 3,040.
On Wednesday ISDH
reported a 21.7 percent availability of ICU beds statewide, down from 25.2
percent on Tuesday. COVID bed use jumped to 39 percent (37.9 percent on
Tuesday); while Non-COVID bed use increased to 39.3 percent (37.9 percent on
Marion County reported 37,552 cases and 828 deaths (36,874 and 827 on
Tuesday), the most in the state in both categories. Lake County reported
23,953 cases and 430 deaths (23,588 and 423), the second most in the state
in both categories. LaPorte County reported 4,001 cases and 84 deaths (3,898
Status Goes Red
As expected, ISDH
downgraded Porter County’s COVID-19 color status from Orange to Red on
Wednesday. 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
average as of Sunday: 861.
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. 10: 16.35 percent.
Last week, nine
Indiana counties of 92 scored Red. As of Wednesday, 21 counties scored Red,
a spike of 133 percent. Also as of Wednesday, 23 percent of all Indiana
counties are in the Red.
As of Monday,
according to ISDH there were 8,217 total student cases statewide; 1,685
teacher cases; and 1,971 staff cases.