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
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
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.
Meanwhile, as of
Monday ISDH was reporting 4,363 student cases statewide; 919 teacher cases;
and 1,055 total staff cases.