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State reports 79 more deaths and 6458 new cases

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On Thursday, the Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH) reported 6,458 new COVID-19 cases over the previous 24 hours (6,238 new cases on Wednesday), to bring the total so far to 447,190.


ISDH also reported 79 additional deaths on Thursday (134 on Wednesday), to bring the total to date to 7,215.

The seven-day moving average for per-day COVID-19 deaths on Thursday was 63 (72 on Wednesday). The seven-day moving average of 76 per-day deaths on Saturday, Dec. 12, is the highest ever recorded during the pandemic.


Meanwhile, ISDH reported 3,147 hospitalizations on Thursday (3,192 on Wednesday).

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 Thursday, ISDH reported an 20.2 percent availability of ICU beds statewide.

County Numbers

On Thursday, Marion County reported 61,376 cases and 1,018 deaths (60,483 and 1,006 on Wednesday), the most in the state in both categories. Lake County reported 35,970 cases and 538 deaths (35,536 and 537), the second most in the state in both categories. LaPorte County reported 6,441 cases and 118 deaths (6,320 and 117).

Porter County Status Orange

On Wednesday, 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.

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 12/18/2020




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