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Indiana reports 110 additional deaths; total deaths top 6000

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On Wednesday, the Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH) reported 6,655 new COVID-19 cases over the previous 24 hours (5,518 new cases on Tuesday), to bring the total so far to 350,970.


ISDH also reported 110 additional deaths over the same period (142 additional deaths on Tuesday), to bring the total to date to 6,003.

The seven-day moving average for per-day COVID-19 deaths on Wednesday was 52 (56 on Tuesday).

Tuesday's seven-day moving average of 56 per-day deaths is the highest recorded during the pandemic.

The highest recorded during the initial surge was 42 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 285 presumptive deaths was reported on Wednesday, up from 266 on Tuesday.


Meanwhile, ISDH reported 3,441 hospitalizations on Wednesday (3,460 on Tuesday).

Tuesday's 3,460 hospitalizations are the most on any single day since the pandemic began, up from the previous record of 3,401 set only the day before, on Monday.

According to ISDH, the most hospitalizations on any given day during the initial surge of the pandemic was 1,799, on April 13.

ICU Bed Availability

On Wednesday ISDH reported a 20.2 percent availability of ICU beds statewide, down from 24.2 percent on Tuesday. COVID bed use on Wednesday was 45.8 percent, up slightly from 45.7 percent on Tuesday. Non-COVID bed use on Wednesday was 34.0 percent, up from 30.1 percent on Tuesday.

County Numbers

On Wednesday Marion County reported 47,763 cases and 893 deaths (46,886 and 885 on Tuesday), the most in the state in both categories.

Lake County reported 30,007 cases and 480 deaths (29,643 and 475), the second most in the state in both categories.

LaPorte County reported 5,171 cases and 104 deaths (5,100 and 101).

Porter County Status Stable at Orange

Porter County's COVID-19 color status remained unchanged on Wednesday, at Orange 2.5. 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 Wednesday: 541.

An average "All Test" positivity rate of 10 to 14.9 percent earns an Orange score (2). Porter County's "All Test" positivity rate as of Nov. 24: 12.9 percent.

ISDH upgraded one county on Wednesday to Orange from Red. Currently, 16 counties in Indiana are in the Red, down from 17 last week.

ISDH is next scheduled to update county color on Wednesday, Dec. 9.

Indiana School Cases

As of Monday, Nov. 30, ISDH was reporting 11,677 total student cases statewide; 2,486 total teacher cases; and 2,899 staff cases.


Posted 12/3/2020




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