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Statewide: Singe day new-case record; hospitalizations still spiking

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After deadline on Wednesday, the Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH) reported 5,156 new COVID-19 cases over the previous 24 hours (4,879 new cases on Tuesday), to bring the total so far to 224,374.

Those 5,156 new cases represent the highest single-day total since the pandemic began, exceeding the previous record of 5,007 set less than a week ago, on Friday, Nov. 6.


ISDH also reported 31 additional deaths on Wednesday (67 additional deaths on Tuesday), to bring the total to date to 4,763.

On Wednesday, the seven-day moving average for COVID-19 deaths was 33. The highest seven-day moving average for 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 250 presumptive deaths was reported on Wednesday, unchanged from Tuesday.


Meanwhile, hospitalizations continued to spike on Wednesday with 2,544, the highest number on any single day since the pandemic began, up 9 percent from the 2,336 reported on Tuesday. 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 seven-day period Oct. 20-27, daily COVID-19 hospitalizations jumped by 13 percent, from 1,484 to 1,679.

In the next seven-day period, Oct. 28-Nov. 3, daily hospitalizations jumped by another 13 percent, from 1,679 to 1,897.

In the most recent seven-day period, Nov. 4-10, daily hospitalizations spiked by 23 percent, from 1,897 to 2,336.

County Numbers

On  Wednesday, Marion County reported 32,031 cases and 810 deaths (31,323 and 808 on Tuesday), the most in the state in both categories. Lake County reported 20,300 cases and 401 deaths (19,926 and 400), the second most in the state in both categories. LaPorte County reported 3,333 cases and 81 deaths (3,265 and 78).

Porter County Status Steady

Meanwhile, ISDH updated Porter County's status on Wednesday, leaving it unchanged at a steady "Orange 2.5," on the basis of a rolling seven-day average of 597 new cases per 100,000 residents (410 the previous week); and a rolling seven-day average "All Test" positivity rate of 14.45 percent (12.09 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 "2.0" ISDH is next scheduled to update Porter County's status on Wednesday, Nov. 18.

Indiana School Cases

As of Monday, ISDH was reporting 5,916 student cases statewide; 1,235 teacher cases; and 1,429 staff cases.


Posted 11/12/2020




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