COVID-19 cases surge back above 6,000 in Indiana

The Indiana State Department of Health on Thursday reported 6,543 new COVID-19 cases, the highest number of cases since Dec. 20.

Reported cases have been on the rise for four straight days after dropping significantly over the Christmas holiday weekend.

The department also reported 99 more deaths due to COVID-19, bringing the cumulative total to 7,911. Indiana has reported 373 total deaths in the last three reports, an average of 124 per day. Deaths have exceeded 25 in the report for 29 straight days.

The department said 14,272 new individuals were tested, the first time testing in that category exceeded 10,000 people since Dec. 26.

Statewide hospitalizations due to COVID-19 dropped from 2,941 on Tuesday to 2,842 on Wednesday. The high mark was 3,460 set on Nov. 30.

COVID-19 patients occupy 29.8% of the state’s intensive care beds.

The 7-day positivity rate for unique individuals is 23.7%.

Following are the latest COVID-19 numbers from the Indiana State Department of Health. The department updates its data daily based on information received through 11:59 p.m. the previous day.

*New COVID-19 cases: 6,543

Total cumulative cases511,485

New deaths: 99

Total deaths: 7,911

New tested individuals: 14,272

Total cumulative tested individuals: 2,636,695

Cumulative positivity rate unique individuals: 19.4%

Seven-day positivity rate unique individuals: 23.7%**

Cumulative positivity rate all tests: 10.6%

Seven-day positivity rate all tests: 14.1%**

** The health department reports the 7-day positivity rates with a six-day lag to allow time for more comprehensive results.

County numbers

Marion County cumulative cases: 70,610 (increase of 823)

Marion County new deaths: 17

Marion County cumulative deaths: 1,144

Marion County 7-day positivity rate unique individuals: 21.4%

Marion County 7-day positivity rate all tests: 13.7%

Hamilton County cumulative cases: 23,916

Hendricks County cumulative cases: 11,466

Johnson County cumulative cases: 12,098

Madison County cumulative cases: 8,968

Boone County cumulative cases: 4,453

Hancock County cumulative cases: 5,144

Morgan County cumulative cases: 4,257

Shelby County cumulative cases: 3,404

Indiana intensive care unit usage

Available ICU beds: 20.4%

ICU beds in use by COVID-19 patients: 29.6%

Available ventilators: 69.4%

Ventilators in use for COVID-19: 12.6%

U.S. and worldwide numbers

As of Thursday, from Johns Hopkins University:

U.S. cases: 19,763,768

U.S. deaths: 342,634

Global cases: 82,891,737

Global deaths: 1,808,450

*New cases, deaths and tests are previously unreported cases, deaths and tests submitted to the Indiana State Health Department in the 24 hours through 11:59 p.m. the previous day. The cases and testing categories typically contain numerous duplicates—as many as 20% or more—that are later eliminated from the cumulative totals.

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