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Statewide 5,218 new cases; 26 more deaths

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After deadline on Monday, the Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH) reported 5,218 new COVID-19 cases (6,844 new cases on Sunday), to bring the total so far to 256,744.

ISDH also reported 26 additional deaths on Monday (22 on Sunday), to bring the total to date to 4,937.

On Monday, the seven-day moving average for per-day COVID-19 deaths was 29 (31 on Sunday). The highest seven-day moving average for per-day deaths since the pandemic began was 42, recorded on April 27.

Hospitalizations

Meanwhile, hospitalizations continued to spike on Monday, with 2,768 reported (2,628 on Sunday).

Monday’s 2,768 hospitalizations are the most on any single day since the pandemic began, up from the previous record of 2,634 set only two days before, on Saturday, Nov. 14.

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 27-day period Oct. 20-Nov. 16, daily COVID-19 hospitalizations jumped by 87 percent, from 1,484 to 2,768.

ICU Beds

On Monday ISDH reported a 26.2 percent availability of ICU beds statewide (25.5 percent availability on Sunday), with non-COVID ICU bed use dropping to 39 percent (40.8 percent on Sunday); but COVID bed use increasing to 34.7 percent (33.8 percent on Sunday).

County Numbers

On  Monday, Marion County reported 36,006 cases and 823 deaths (35,416 and 821), the most in the state in both categories. Lake County reported 23,167 cases and 413 deaths (22,575 and 412), the second most in the state in both categories. LaPorte County reported 3,847 cases and 82 deaths (3,759 and 82).

Porter County Status

Expected to Go Red

ISDH is next scheduled to update Porter County’s COVID-19 color status on Wednesday, Nov. 18. Based on current metrics--the seven-day rolling average of new cases per 100,000 residents; and the rolling seven-day average “All Test” positivity rate--the Porter County Health Department has signaled its belief that the county will be downgraded to Red from Orange.

On Nov. 11, ISDH left Porter County’s color status unchanged at a steady “Orange 2.5.”

Indiana School Cases

On Monday ISDH reported 2,311 new student cases statewide (8,217 total); 453 new teacher cases (1,685 total); and 549 new staff cases (1,971 total).

As of Monday, 288 schools had reported no cases; 1,681 schools had reported one or more cases; while 397 had simply not reported.

 

Posted 11/17/2020

 
 
 
 

 

 

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