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.
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.
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.
On Thursday, ISDH
reported an 20.2 percent availability of ICU beds statewide.
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).
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.
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.
As of Monday, ISDH
was reporting 16,383 student cases statewide; 3,404 teacher cases; and 4,118