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.
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
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.
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).
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).
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.
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: 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.
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.
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.