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.
moving average for per-day COVID-19 deaths on Wednesday was 59 (64 on
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
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.
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).
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
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.
average of 200 or more earns a Red score (3). Porter County’s per-100,000
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.
Porter County Health Department, using other metrics such as
hospitalizations and deaths, has opted to retain the Code Red status.
As of Monday, Dec.
7, ISDH was reporting 14,011 student cases statewide; 2,999 teacher cases;
and 3,533 staff cases.