The Indiana State
Department of Health (ISDH) was reporting 22,322 new COVID-19 cases over the
five-day period Wednesday-Sunday, to bring the total so far to 493,841.
ISDH reported 4,731
new cases on Wednesday (3,758 new cases on Tuesday); 6,288 on Thursday,
Christmas Eve; 5,563 on Friday, Christmas Day; 3,896 on Saturday; and 1,844
ISDH also reported
252 additional deaths over the same five-day period, to bring the total to
date to 7,878.
ISDH reported 64
additional deaths on Wednesday (143 on Tuesday); 85 on Thursday; 40 on
Friday; 31 on Saturday; and 42 on Sunday.
moving average for per-day COVID-19 deaths on Sunday was 42 (49 on
Saturday). 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 Tuesday, up from 337 on Tuesday.
reported 2,811 hospitalizations on Sunday (3,064 on Tuesday), the fewest
since Nov. 15, when ISDH reported 2,768.
According to ISDH,
the most hospitalizations on any given day during the initial surge of the
pandemic was 1,799, on April 13.
On Sunday, ISDH
reported a 27.6 percent availability of ICU beds statewide (23.1 percent on
Tuesday). COVID bed use on Sunday was 29.9 percent (30.3 percent on
Tuesday). Non-COVID bed use on Sunday was 42.5 percent (46.7 percent on
On Sunday, Marion
County reported 68,136 cases and 1,089 deaths (65,065 and 1,055 on Tuesday),
the most in the state in both categories. Lake County reported 38,879 cases
and 571 deaths (37,552 and 562), the second most in the state in both
categories. LaPorte County reported 7,222 cases and 128 deaths (6,858 and
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. 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.
As of Monday, Dec.
21, ISDH was reporting 18,460 student cases statewide; 3,798 teacher cases;
and 4,610 staff cases.