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State sets more records for new cases and hospitalizations; Porter County downgraded

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After deadline on Wednesday, the Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH) reported 3,756 new COVID-19 cases over the previous 24 hours (2,951 new cases on Tuesday), to bring the total so far to 191,764.

Those 3,756 new cases represent a new single-day record, exceeding the old one of 3,649 set on Oct. 29.

Also on Wednesday, ISDH reported 25 additional COVID-19 deaths over the same 24-hour period (50 additional deaths on Tuesday), to bring the total to date to 4,487.

In addition, ISDH reported 1,897 hospitalizations on Wednesday, up from 1,867 on Tuesday and the most hospitalizations on any single day of the pandemic since ISDH began tracking those numbers, on April 8.

Marion County was reporting 28,669 cases and 798 deaths (28,276 and 797 on Tuesday), the most in the state in both categories. Lake County was reporting 16,965 cases and 384 deaths (16,748 and 382), the second most in the state in both categories. LaPorte County was reporting 2,779 cases and 68 deaths (2,745 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 240, presumptive deaths was reported on Wednesday, unchanged from Tuesday.

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 11/5/2020




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