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State reports 143 more deaths

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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.

The seven-day 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.


Meanwhile, ISDH 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.

ICU Bed Availability

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).

County Numbers

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).

Porter County Status Orange

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.

Note: the 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.

Indiana School Cases

As of Monday, ISDH was reporting 18,460 student cases statewide; 3,798 teacher cases; and 4,610 staff cases.


Posted 12/23/2020




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