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State reports 22474 new cases over the weekend

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The Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH) reported 22,474 new COVID-19 cases over the 72-hour period Friday-Sunday, to bring the total so far to 381,617,

ISDH reported 8,003 new cases on Friday (8,527 new cases on Thursday, a new 24-hour record); 7,793 on Saturday; and 6,678 on Sunday.


ISDH also reported 209 additional deaths over the same 72-hour period, to bring the total to date to 6,272.

ISDH reported 89 additional deaths on Friday (60 additional deaths on Thursday); 85 on Saturday; and 35 on Sunday.

The seven-day moving average for per-day COVID-19 deaths on Sunday was 53 (59 on Saturday). Friday’s seven-day moving average of 61 per-day deaths is the highest recorded during the pandemic.

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 298 presumptive deaths was reported on Sunday, up from 285 on Thursday.


Meanwhile, ISDH reported 3,189 hospitalizations on Sunday (3,255 on Saturday).

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 Sunday ISDH reported a 21.5 percent availability of ICU beds statewide, up from 20.5 percent on Thursday. COVID bed use on Sunday was 44.4 percent, down from 45.2 percent on Thursday. Non-COVID bed use on Sunday was 34.1 percent, down from 34.3 percent on Thursday.

County Numbers

On Sunday Marion County reported 51,874 cases and 915 deaths (48,740 and 894 on Thursday), the most in the state in both categories. Lake County reported 31,983 cases and 495 deaths (30,573 and 484), the second most in the state in both categories. LaPorte County reported 5,563 cases and 108 deaths (5,291 and 105).

Porter County Status Orange

As of Wednesday, Dec. 2, Porter County’s COVID-19 color status remained 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.

A per-100,000 average of 200 or more earns a Red score (3). Porter County’s per-100,000 average as of Sunday: 664.

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. 28: 13.5 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 12/7/2020




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