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State reports 165 more deaths; cases top 500,000

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After deadline on Tuesday, the Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH) reported 4,028 new COVID-19 cases over the previous 24 hours (2,494 new cases on Monday), to bring the total so far to 500,282.


ISDH also reported 165 additional deaths over the same period (43 on Monday), to bring the total to date to 8,036.

The  seven-day moving average for per-day COVID-19 deaths on Tuesday was 48 (55 on Monday). The  seven-day moving average of 82 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.

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 348 presumptive deaths was reported on Tuesday, up from 347 on Monday.


Meanwhile, ISDH reported 2,951 hospitalizations on Tuesday (2,866 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 Tuesday,  ISDH reported a 24.8 percent availability of ICU beds statewide (25.9 percent on Monday). COVID bed use on Tuesday was 30.2 percent (29.6 percent). Non-COVID bed use on Tuesday was 45.0 percent  (44.5 percent).

County Numbers

On Tuesday,  Marion County reported 69,144 cases and 1,114 deaths (68,436 and 1,096 on Monday),  the most in the state in both categories. Lake County reported 39,270 cases and 591 deaths (39,049 and 573), the second most in the state in both categories. LaPorte County reported 7,342 cases and 133 deaths (7,285 and 129).

Indiana School Cases

As of Monday,  ISDH was reporting 18,849 student cases statewide; 3,896 teacher cases; and 4,713 staff cases.


Posted 12/30/2020




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