On Tuesday, the
Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH) reported 3,758 new COVID-19 cases
over the previous 24 hours (3,978 new cases on Monday), to bring the total
so far to 471,876.
ISDH also reported
143 additional deaths over the same 24-hour period (34 on Monday), to bring
the total to date to 7,616.
moving average for per-day COVID-19 deaths on Tuesday was 56 (64 on Monday).
The seven-day moving average of 80 per-day deaths on Monday, Dec. 14, is the
highest ever recorded during the pandemic. The highest recorded during the
initial surge was 42 on April 27.
reported 3,064 hospitalizations on Tuesday (2,967 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.
The number of
per-day hospitalizations statewide has been generally declining since the
record-high of 3,460 reported on Nov. 30, even as the number of per-day
deaths has been generally rising.
On Tuesday, ISDH
reported a 23.1 percent availability of ICU beds statewide (25.0 percent on
Monday). COVID bed use on Tuesday was 30.3 percent (30.8 percent). Non-COVID
bed use on Tuesday was 46.7 percent (44.2 percent).
On Tuesday, Marion
County reported 65,065 cases and 1,055 deaths (64,549 and 1,040), the most
in the state in both categories. Lake County reported 37,552 cases and 562
deaths (37,301 and 556), the second most in the state in both categories.
LaPorte County reported 6,858 cases and 122 deaths (6,770 and 122).
On Wednesday, Dec.
16, ISDH left Porter County’s COVID-19 color status unchanged 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.
ISDH is next
scheduled to update Porter County’s color code today.
Porter County Health Department, using other metrics such as
hospitalizations and deaths, has opted to retain the Code Red status and has
issued additional restrictions accordingly, under the authority granted by
Executive Order 20-48.
As of Monday, ISDH
was reporting 18,460 student cases statewide; 3,798 teacher cases; and 4,610