After deadline on
Monday, the Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH) reported 3,978 new
COVID-19 cases over the previous 24 hours (6,558 new cases on Sunday), to
bring the total so far to 468,219.
ISDH also reported
34 additional deaths over the same 24-hour period (66 on Sunday), to bring
the total to date to 7,473.
moving average for per-day COVID-19 deaths on Monday was 51 (60 on Sunday).
The seven-day moving average of 79 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 337 presumptive deaths was reported on Monday, up from 334 on Sunday.
reported 2,967 hospitalizations on Monday (2,932 on Sunday). Saturday was
the first day in nearly five weeks that the number of daily hospitalizations
fell below 3,000. The last time was on Nov. 16, when ISDH reported 2,951
According to ISDH,
the most hospitalizations on any given day during the initial surge of the
pandemic was 1,799, on April 13.
The number of
per-day hospitalizations statewide has been generally declining since the
record-high of 3,460 reported on Nov. 30, even as the number of per-day
deaths has been generally rising.
On Monday, ISDH
reported a 25.0 percent availability of ICU beds statewide (23.6 percent on
Sunday). COVID bed use on Monday was 30.8 percent (30.6 percent). Non-COVID
bed use on Monday was 44.2 percent (45.8 percent).
On Monday, Marion
County reported 64,549 cases and 1,040 deaths (63,929 and 1,038 on Sunday),
the most in the state in both categories. Lake County reported 37,301 cases
and 556 deaths (37,040 and 555), the second most in the state in both
categories. LaPorte County reported 6,770 cases and 122 deaths (6,706 and
On Wednesday, Nov.
16, ISDH left Porter County’s COVID-19 color status 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.
average of 200 or more earns a Red score (3). Porter County’s per-100,000
average on Sunday: 566.
An average “All
Test” positivity rate of 10 to 14.9 percent earns an Orange score (2).
Porter County’s “All Test” positivity rate on Dec. 12: 10.6 percent.
ISDH also upgraded
10 counties on Nov. 16 to Orange. Currently, 26 counties of the 92 counties
in Indiana are rated Red, down from 36 last week.
ISDH is next
scheduled to update Porter County’s color code on Wednesday, Dec. 23.
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.
On Monday, ISDH
reported 2,081 new student cases statewide (18,460 total); 394 new teacher
cases (3,798 total); and 496 new staff cases (4,610 total).
As of Monday, 176
schools had reported no COVID-19 cases; 1,885 had reported one or more
cases; and 307 had not filed no reports at all.