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State reports 4,347 new cases; deaths top 7,000

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After deadline on Tuesday, the Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH) reported 4,347 new COVID-19 cases (5,050 new cases on Monday), to bring the total so far to 434,642.


ISDH also reported 130 additional deaths on Tuesday (35 on Monday), to bring the total to date to 7,002.

The seven-day moving average for per-day COVID-19 deaths on Tuesday was 62 (68 on Monday). The seven-day moving average of 72 per-day deaths on Saturday, Dec. 12, is the highest ever recorded during the pandemic. The highest recorded during the initial surge was 42 on April 27.


Meanwhile, ISDH reported 3,229 hospitalizations on Tuesday (3,072 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 23.9 percent availability of ICU beds statewide (23.6 percent on Monday). COVID bed use on Tuesday was 42.3 percent (40.4 on Monday). Non-COVID bed use on Sunday was 33.8 percent (35.9 percent on Monday).

County Numbers

On Tuesday, Marion County reported 59,531 cases and 988 deaths (58,931 and 973 on Monday), the most in the state in both categories. Lake County reported 35,347 cases and 533 deaths (35,098 and 530), the second most in the state in both categories. LaPorte County reported 6,257 cases and 116 deaths (6,182 and 116).

Porter County Status Orange

On Wednesday, Dec. 9, 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 16,383 student cases statewide; 3,404 teacher cases; and 4,118 staff cases.



Posted 12/16/2020




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