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Statewide: 2494 new cases, 43 more deaths

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After deadline on Monday, the Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH) reported 2,494 new COVID-19 cases over the previous 24 hours (1,844 new cases on Sunday), to bring the total so far to 496,306.


ISDH also reported 43 additional deaths over the same period (42 on Sunday), to bring the total to date to 7,921.

The  seven-day moving average for per-day COVID-19 deaths on Monday was 40 (46 on Sunday). The  seven-day moving average of 82 per-day deaths on Monday, Dec. 14, is the highest ever 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 347 presumptive deaths was reported on Monday, unchanged from Sunday.


Meanwhile, ISDH reported 2,866 hospitalizations on Monday (2,811 on Sunday).

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 Monday,  ISDH reported a 25.9 percent availability of ICU beds statewide (27.6 percent on Sunday). COVID bed use on Monday was 29.6 percent (29.9 percent). Non-COVID bed use on Monday was 44.5 percent  (42.5 percent).

County Numbers

On Monday,  Marion County reported 68,436 cases and 1,096 deaths (68,136 and 1,089 on Sunday), the most in the state in both categories. Lake County reported 39,049 cases and 573 deaths (38,879 and 571), the second most in the state in both categories. LaPorte County reported 7,285 cases and 129 deaths (7,222 and 128).

Porter County Status Orange

On Wednesday, Dec. 23, ISDH upgraded Porter County's COVID-19 color status to Orange 2.0, 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: 544.

An average "All Test" positivity rate of 10 to 14.9 percent earns an Orange score (2). Porter County's "All Test" positivity rate: 9.9 percent.

ISDH also upgraded two counties on Dec. 23 to Orange from Red. Currently, 24 counties of the 92 counties in Indiana are rated Red, down from 26 last week.

ISDH is next scheduled to update Porter County's color code on Wednesday, Dec. 30.

Note: the 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.

Indiana School Cases

Also on  Monday, ISDH reported an additional 390 student cases statewide (18,849 total); 98 teacher cases (3,896 total); and 103 staff cases (4,713 total).

As of Monday, 175 schools had reported no cases; 1,886 had reported one or more cases; and 307 schools had submitted no report at all.



Posted 12/30/2020





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