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State reports 5700 new cases and 42 more deaths

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On Monday, the Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH) reported 5,700 new COVID-19 cases over the previous 24 hours (6,678 new cases on Sunday), to bring the total so far to 387,278.


ISDH also reported 42 additional deaths over the same period (35 additional deaths on Sunday), to bring the total to date to 6,314.

The seven-day moving average for per-day COVID-19 deaths on Monday was 50 (57 on Sunday). Friday’s seven-day moving average of 61 per-day deaths is the highest recorded during the pandemic.

The highest recorded during the initial surge was 42 on April 27.


Meanwhile, ISDH reported 3,214 hospitalizations on Monday (3,189 on Sunday).

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 Monday ISDH reported a 22.1 percent availability of ICU beds statewide, up from 21.5 percent on Sunday. COVID bed use on Monday was 43.6 percent, down from 44.4 percent on Sunday. Non-COVID bed use on Monday was 34.4 percent, up from 34.1 percent on Sunday.

County Numbers

On Monday Marion County reported 52,737 cases and 919 deaths (51,874 and 915 on Sunday), the most in the state in both categories.

Lake County reported 32,448 cases and 495 deaths (31,983 and 495), the second most in the state in both categories.

LaPorte County reported 5,637 cases and 109 deaths (5,563 and 108).

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.

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

On Monday ISDH reported 2,345 new students cases statewide (14,011 total); 512 new teacher cases (2,999 total); and 642 new staff cases (3,533 total).

As of Monday, 198 schools across the state had reported no cases of COVID-19; 1,829 had reported one or more cases; and 347 had made no report at all.



Posted 12/8/2020




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