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State reports new cases above 8,500, a 24 hour record

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After deadline on Thursday, the Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH) reported 8,527 new COVID-19 cases over the previous 24 hours (6,655 new cases on Wednesday), to bring the total so far to 359,430.

Thursday’s 8,527 new cases are a new 24-hour record, exceeding the previous record of 8,451 new cases set on Nov. 14.


ISDH also reported 60 additional deaths over the same period (110 additional deaths on Wednesday), to bring the total to date to 6,063.

The seven-day moving average for per-day COVID-19 deaths on Thursday was 53 (52 on Wednesday). Sundays seven-day moving average of 60 per-day deaths is the highest recorded during the pandemic. The highest recorded during the initial surge was 42 on April 27.

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 285 presumptive deaths was reported on Thursday, unchanged from Wednesday.


Meanwhile, ISDH reported 3,362 hospitalizations on Thursday (3,441 on Wednesday). Tuesday’s 3,460 hospitalizations are the most on any single day since the pandemic began, up from the previous record of 3,401 set only the day before, on Monday.

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 Thursday ISDH reported a 20.5 percent availability of ICU beds statewide, up fractionally from 20.2 percent on Wednesday. COVID bed use on Thursday was 45.2 percent, down fractionally from 45.8 percent on Wednesday. Non-COVID bed use on Thursday was 34.3 percent, up from 30.0 percent on Wednesday.

County Numbers

On Thursday Marion County reported 48,740 cases and 894 deaths (47,763 and 893 on Wednesday), the most in the state in both categories. Lake County reported 30,573 cases and 484 deaths (30,007 and 480), the second most in the state in both categories. LaPorte County reported 5,291 cases and 105 deaths (5,171 and 104).

Porter County Status

Stable at Orange

As of Wednesday, 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 Thursday: 520.

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. 25: 12.3 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.

Indiana School Cases

As of Monday, Nov. 30, ISDH was reporting 11,677 total student cases statewide; 2,486 total teacher cases; and 2,899 staff cases.



Posted 12/4/2020




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