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State reports 60 additional deaths; ICU bed space under pressure

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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 Tuesday.


Meanwhile, hospitalizations continued to spike on Wednesday, with 3,040 reported (2,951 on Tuesday).

Wednesday’s 3,040 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. 17.

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.

ICU Bed Availability

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 Tuesday).

County Numbers

On Wednesday, 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 and 83).

Porter County 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.

A per-100,000 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.

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 11/19/2020




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