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State reports 98 more deaths; total cases nearing 400,000

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After deadline on Wednesday, the Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH) reported 5,853 new COVID-19 cases over the previous 24 hours (5,457 new cases on Tuesday), to bring the total so far to 398,417.


ISDH also reported 98 additional deaths over the same period (127 additional deaths on Tuesday), to bring the total to date to 6,537.

The seven-day moving average for per-day COVID-19 deaths on Wednesday was 59 (64 on Tuesday).

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 299 presumptive deaths was reported on Wednesday, revised down from 301 on Tuesday.


Meanwhile, ISDH reported 3,244 hospitalizations on Wednesday (3,250 on Tuesday).

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 Wednesday ISDH reported a 20.8 percent availability of ICU beds statewide (20.9 percent on Tuesday). COVID bed use on Wednesday was 43.5 percent (43.8 percent). Non-COVID bed use on Wednesday was 35.6 percent (35.3 percent).

County Numbers

On Wednesday Marion County reported 54,204 cases and 932 deaths (53,514 and 929 on Tuesday), the most in the state in both categories. Lake County reported 33,076 cases and 507 deaths (32,816 and 501), the second most in the state in both categories. LaPorte County reported 5,782 cases and 111 deaths (5,733 and 110).

Porter County Remains 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.

A per-100,000 average of 200 or more earns a Red score (3). Porter County’s per-100,000 average: 632.

An average “All Test” positivity rate of 10 to 14.9 percent earns an Orange score (2). Porter County’s “All Test” positivity rate: 14.95 percent.

ISDH downgraded 20 additional counties on Wednesday to Red. Currently, 36 counties of the 92 counties in Indiana are rated Red, up from 16 last week.

ISDH is next scheduled to update Porter County’s color code on Wednesday, Dec. 16.

Note: the Porter County Health Department, using other metrics such as hospitalizations and deaths, has opted to retain the Code Red status.

Indiana School Cases

As of Monday, Dec. 7, ISDH was reporting 14,011 student cases statewide; 2,999 teacher cases; and 3,533 staff cases.


Posted 12/10/2020




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