COVID-19 hospitalizations, deaths continue to mount in Indiana

The Indiana State Department of Health on Wednesday reported 6,059 new COVID-19 cases, the 15th straight day that it has reported more than 5,000 new cases.

Hospitalizations due to COVID-19 in Indiana rose to another all-time high, from 3,279 on Monday to 3,363 on Tuesday.

Indiana reported another 63 new deaths from COVID-19, the 30th time in 31 days that the daily report has included more than 25 additional deaths.

The state has reported a cumulative rise in COVID-19 deaths so far in November of 1,108. That number exceeds the amount of any previous entire month during the pandemic. The previous high was 997 in April.

A total of 403 new deaths have been reported over the past seven days, a daily average of 57.6. That exceeds the total of 318 the previous week, an average of 45.4.

COVID-19 patients occupy 43.7% of the state’s intensive care beds. The state said 21.8% of its ICU beds are still available.

The department reported the testing of 19,037 more unique individuals. Testing in that category has exceeded 13,000 each day for 22 straight days.

The health department on Wednesday reported 1,207 more resident COVID-19 cases at Indiana long-term-care facilities over the previous week and 182 more deaths, raising the cumulative number of cases to 14,010 and deaths to 2,881.

There were 973 more cases and no deaths among long-term-care staff reported over the previous week, bringing cumulative totals to 8,651 cases and 13 deaths.

The long-term-care statistics reflected results as of Nov. 18, the department said.

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.

COVID-19 cases

*New cases: 6,059

Total cumulative cases reported Wednesday: 312,521

Total cumulative cases reported Tuesday: 306,538

Increase in cumulative cases: 5,983

Increase in cases reported Oct. 1-Nov. 1: 60,932

Increase in cases reported Sept. 1-Oct. 1: 26,285

Increase in cases reported Aug. 1-Sept. 1: 27,769

Increase in cases reported July 1-Aug. 1: 21,170

Increase in cases reported June 1-July 1: 11,122

Increase in cases reported May 1-June. 1: 16,065

COVID-19 deaths

New deaths: 63

Total deaths: 5,232

Increase in deaths reported Oct. 1-Nov. 1: 706

Increase in deaths reported Sept. 1-Oct. 1: 325

Increase in deaths reported Aug. 1-Sept. 1: 322

Increase in deaths reported July 1-Aug. 1: 315

Increase in deaths reported June 1-July 1: 480

Increase in deaths reported May 1-June. 1: 914

Increase in deaths reported April 1-May 1: 997

COVID-19 testing

New tested individuals: 19,037

Total cumulative tested individuals reported Wednesday: 2,126,395

Total cumulative tested individuals reported Tuesday: 2,107,744

Increase in cumulative tested individuals: 18,651

Cumulative positivity rate unique individuals: 14.7%

Seven-day positivity rate unique individuals: 21.4%**

Cumulative positivity rate all tests: 7.1%

Seven-day positivity rate all tests: 11.2%**

Increase in unique tested individuals reported Oct. 1-Nov. 1: 322,213

Increase in unique tested individuals reported Sept. 1-Oct. 1: 303,966

Increase in unique tested individuals reported Aug. 1-Sept. 1: 325,159

Increase in unique tested individuals reported July 1-Aug. 1: 268,890

Increase in unique tested individuals reported June 1-July 1: 223,820

Increase in unique tested individuals reported May 1-June 1: 166,257

Increase in unique tested individuals reported April 1-May 1: 85,264

** 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: 42,641 (increase of 712)

Marion County new deaths: 0

Marion County cumulative deaths: 849

Marion County 7-day positivity rate unique individuals: 19%

Marion County 7-day positivity rate all tests: 12%

Hamilton County cumulative cases: 13,011

Hendricks County cumulative cases: 6,098

Johnson County cumulative cases: 6,389

Madison County cumulative cases: 5,060

Boone County cumulative cases: 2,445

Hancock County cumulative cases: 2,538

Morgan County cumulative cases: 2,108

Shelby County cumulative cases: 1,821

Indiana intensive care unit usage

Available ICU beds: 21.8%

ICU beds in use by COVID-19 patients: 43.7%

Available ventilators: 71.8%

Ventilators in use for COVID-19: 11.6%

U.S. and worldwide numbers

As of Wednesday, from Johns Hopkins University:

U.S. cases: 12,619,931

U.S. deaths: 260,322

Global cases: 59,985,053

Global deaths: 1,413,325

*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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4 thoughts on “COVID-19 hospitalizations, deaths continue to mount in Indiana

  1. WHAT IS IT GOING TO TAKE TO CONVINCE THE CURRENT ADMINISTRATION THAT THE “PLAN” IS NOT WORKING? THE HEALTHCARE SYSTEM IS OVERWHELMED, AND THE RESOURCES ARE SLOWING FADING AWAY. ARE WE THAT BACKWARD, REGARDING HEALTHCARE, THAT WE JUST LET THE TRAIN GO OVER THE CLIFF? THERE NEEDS TO BE A SERIOUS AND AGGRESSIVE PLAN WITH REAL CONSEQUENCES IF THE THERE IS NO COMPLIANCE!!!! I HAVE NO CLUE WHY THE COMMUNITY HAS NOT DEMANDED MORE.
    THE FOLLOWING MAY SOUND MONOTONOUS, BUT IT HAS TO BE SAID TILL REAL CHANGE HAPPENS:
    It is beyond belief that anyone in our local and State governments would allow this total disaster to continue unchecked. The State’s plan is too little and too late. The plan must be more aggressive and thorough. It is totally clear that the current administration does not have the internal medical expertise to make a decent plan to balance both health and the economy simultaneously. It appears that there is no group within our State that is willing to seriously confront the current administration to force it to make significant chances. Healthcare professionals, hospital systems, medical societies, etc. have been eerily silent.
    Even though I have written the following many times before, the basics remain the same. The citizens of our State have to get the message again and again and again, etc. (Remember how long it took to get people to wear seat belts!!!!!!!!!!! The same craziness against seat belts is being used to avoid masks. Many of the same mistakes were made during the 1918 pandemic as well. Too bad history seems to be avoided in our schools at all levels.)
    New record numbers every day!!!! How many citizens are we going to let get sick, and how many are going to let die? It really is as simple as that.
    However, let me try to understand the logic of the State response to the surging pandemic: Stage 5 is okay. Our focus, per Dr. Box, is to increase the amount of healthcare staff and healthcare capacity to take care of the increasing number of sick people. Oh by the way, please wear your mask, pretty please!! (I love it when the Health Commissioner, who recently got over COVID-19 episode, has only this to offer to curb the raging pandemic in our State.
    As I have said before our State needs outside expertise (e.g. Dr. Anthony Fauci) to tell us citizens the REAL status of our State’s current plan to mitigate the pandemic of our State. The current “experts” from State outside of government (e.g. IU) have done little more than to create a bunch of numbers that are totally not understood by the common lay person.
    There needs to a ground swell of outrage from the medical community (i.e. hospital, physicians, medical organizations, nursing organization, pharmacists, etc.) to force a change in how our State is handling the pandemic.
    The State has the money to finance, through the Care ACT, to fund a more comprehensive plan to provide all the necessary tools (PPE, testing, contact tracing, etc.) to get the situation under control.
    A responsible government would be able to balance the economy AND public health. Indiana appears not to be able to multitask. A responsible State government would be able to do both. (As a small business owner, I have lost at least 50% of my income for the year. I know the financial consequences of the pandemic. It took months as the beginning to obtain the necessary amount of PPE to keep my employees and customers safe. I have been able to keep the staff intact as well. However, one does not know what the future will bring)
    Hopefully, with the election over for the State, our local leaders will begin to multi-task. Frankly, I do not expect any progress. With the flu season beginning and with more indoor events, we need to expect that things are just going to get worse.
    Everyone for our State should realize that our current situation was avoidable. Letting things get worse by this State’s administration is UNCONSCIONABLE and INDEFENSIBLE.
    Everyone should re-watch the scene from “NETWORK” where Peter Finch gives a speech that still resonates today. Here is the YOUTUBE link:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZwMVMbmQBug

    1. Nearly 45% of Covid deaths are from nursing homes. Just FYI. This is not a serious or dangerous disease fro the vast majority of Americans. Calm down, Phil

  2. Nothing will change because this is a “red state” and there are too many ignorant people that live here – Indiana is one of the worst states in the country for infant/maternal mortality, one of the worst for smoking, one of the worst for obesity, one of the worst for appropriate medical interventions in minority populations, one of the worst for an educated population. Nothing has really significantly changed in the 42 years I practiced medicine in this state!

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