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State reports 224 more deaths over the weekend

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The Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH) was reporting 17,485 new COVID-19 cases over the 72-period Friday-Sunday, to bring the total so far to 464,354.

ISDH reported 6,088 new cases on Friday (6,458 new cases on Thursday); 4,839 on Saturday; and 6,558 on Sunday.


ISDH also reported 224 additional deaths over the same 72-hour period, to bring the total to date to 7,439.

ISDH reported 85 additional deaths on Friday (79 on Thursday); 73 on Saturday; and 66 on Sunday.

The seven-day moving average for per-day COVID-19 deaths on Sunday was 56 (63 on Saturday). The seven-day moving average of 79 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 334 presumptive deaths was reported on Sunday, up from 320 on Thursday.


Meanwhile, ISDH reported 2,932 hospitalizations on Saturday and Sunday. Saturday was the first day in nearly five weeks that the number of daily hospitalizations fell below 3,000. The last time was on Nov. 16, when ISDH reported 2,951 hospitalizations.

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 Sunday, ISDH reported a 23.6 percent availability of ICU beds statewide (20.2 percent on Thursday). COVID bed use on Sunday was 30.6 percent (31.9 percent on Thursday). Non-COVID bed use on Sunday was 45.8 percent (47.9 percent on Thursday).

County Numbers

On Sunday, Marion County reported 63,929 cases and 1,038 deaths (61,376 and 1,018 on Thursday), the most in the state in both categories. Lake County reported 37,040 cases and 555 deaths (35,970 and 538), the second most in the state in both categories. LaPorte County reported 6,706 cases and 122 deaths (6,441 and 118).

Porter County Status Orange

On Wednesday, Nov. 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.

A per-100,000 average of 200 or more earns a Red score (3). Porter County’s per-100,000 average on Sunday: 566.

An average “All Test” positivity rate of 10 to 14.9 percent earns an Orange score (2). Porter County’s “All Test” positivity rate on Dec. 12: 10.6 percent.

ISDH also upgraded 10 counties on Nov. 16 to Orange. Currently, 26 counties of the 92 counties in Indiana are rated Red, down from 36 last week.

ISDH is next scheduled to update Porter County’s color code on Wednesday, Dec. 23.

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, Dec. 14, ISDH was reporting 16,383 student cases statewide; 3,404 teacher cases; and 4,118 staff cases.



Posted 12/21/2020




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