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State reports 142 additional deaths

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On Tuesday, the Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH) reported 5,518 new COVID-19 cases over the previous 24 hours (5,713 new cases on Monday), to bring the total so far to 344,373.


ISDH also reported 142 additional deaths over the same period (38 additional deaths on Monday), to bring the total to date to 5,893.

The seven-day moving average for per-day COVID-19 deaths on Tuesday was 49 (55 on Monday). Monday’s seven-day moving average of 55 is the highest recorded during the pandemic.

The highest recorded during the initial surge was 42 on April 27.


Meanwhile, hospitalizations continue to spike, with 3,460 reported on Tuesday (3,401 on Monday). 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.

Over the last 22 days, from Monday, Nov. 9, through Tuesday, Dec. 1, hospitalizations in Indiana have increased by fully 59 percent, from 2,174 to 3,460.

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 Tuesday ISDH reported a 24.2 percent availability of ICU beds statewide, up slightly from 24.0 percent on Monday. However, COVID bed use on Tuesday was 45.7 percent, up from 44.7 percent on Monday. Non-COVID bed use on Tuesday was 30.1 percent, down from 31.2 percent on Monday.

County Numbers

On Tuesday, Marion County reported 46,886 cases and 885 deaths (46,131 on Monday), the most in the state in both categories. Lake County reported 29,643 cases and 475 deaths (29,183 and 469), the second most in the state in both categories. LaPorte County reported 5,100 cases and 101 deaths (5,019 and 97).

Porter County Status Orange

On Wednesday, Nov. 25, ISHD upgraded Porter County’s COVID-19 color to Orange 2.5 from Red. 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.

ISDH is next scheduled to update county color status today.

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 12/2/2020




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