Indiana COVID-19 cases top 5,000, hitting record for fourth straight day

The Indiana State Department of Health on Saturday reported 5,007 new cases of COVID-19, the first time the daily case number has exceeded 5,000 and the fourth day in a row that cases and hospitalizations have hit new highs.

Hospitalizations due to COVID-19 rose from 2,001 on Thursday to 2,036 on Saturday. About 28% of the state’s intensive care beds are still available. About 26% are occupied by COVID-19 patients.

Saturday’s report also included 43 more COVID-19 deaths. Newly reported deaths have reached or topped 25 for 12 straight days and have been in double digits 30 times over the past 32 days.

The department said the seven-day moving average for cases reached another all-time high of 3,786.

The department reported the testing of 17,716 more unique individuals, an all-time daily high. Testing of new individuals has exceeded 10,000 for 11 straight days.

Marion County saw 577 new COVID-19 cases, sending the cumulative total during the pandemic to 30,001.

The state’s seven-day positivity rate for unique individuals jumped from 17.3% on Friday to 17.5% on Saturday.

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: 5,007

Total cumulative cases reported Saturday: 205,722

Total cumulative cases reported Friday: 200,823

Increase in cumulative cases: 4,899

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: 43

Total deaths: 4,348

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: 17,716

Total cumulative tested individuals reported Saturday: 1,794,398

Total cumulative tested individuals reported Friday: 1,777,105

Increase in cumulative tested individuals: 17,293

Cumulative positivity rate unique individuals: 11.5%

Seven-day positivity rate unique individuals: 17.5%**

Cumulative positivity rate all tests: 6.2%

Seven-day positivity rate all tests: 9%**

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: 30,001 (increase of 577)

Marion County new deaths: 2

Marion County cumulative deaths: 803

Marion County 7-day positivity rate unique individuals: 13.7%

Hamilton County cumulative cases: 8,187

Hendricks County cumulative cases: 3,997

Johnson County cumulative cases: 4,052

Madison County cumulative cases: 3,229

Boone County cumulative cases: 1,601

Hancock County cumulative cases: 1,586

Morgan County cumulative cases: 1,292

Shelby County cumulative cases: 1,207

Indiana intensive care unit usage

Available ICU beds: 28.1%

ICU beds in use by COVID-19 patients: 25.7%

Available ventilators: 76.6%

Ventilators in use for COVID-19: 6.9%

U.S. and worldwide numbers

As of Saturday, from Johns Hopkins University:

U.S. cases: 9,754,160

U.S. deaths: 236,257

Global cases: 49,549,141

Global deaths: 1,246,221

*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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12 thoughts on “Indiana COVID-19 cases top 5,000, hitting record for fourth straight day

  1. I posted this yesterday, and I will keep posting this as long we have an incompetent government which does not want to keep its citizens safe!!!!!
    New record numbers every day!!!! How many citizens are we going let get sick, and how many are we going 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 you mask, pretty please!! (I love it when 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 comprehensively 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 multi-task. 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. Despite your rant, Covid isn’t that bad and has been getting even LESS lethal. Hide in your basement if you’re worried. Let the rest of us live life.

  2. Congratulations, Governor Holcomb! You call for personal responsibility to combat spread of the virus. Will you claim responsibility for the rapid rise of infections by encouraging foolish behaviors by dropping sensible measures?

  3. Many I know won’t even get a flu shot. To put hopes of a vaccine being anything more than another form of mitigation in the 10-year timeframe is foolish. Covid is here to stay just like the flu and 20 types of colds. That’s why smart Governors are not closing society. Covid is world wide. Masks, distancing, vaccine, treatments, herd immunity. Live our lives and be safe.

    1. James P., well the ones who won’t get a flu shot (or the vaccine when it’s available) are idiots and are responsible for the long-term illnesses or deaths of many more thousands of people. Maybe you should be encouraging people to get the vaccine when it’s available instead of saying it’s hopeless so let’s just open up and let Mother Nature run its course. The flu doesn’t kill nearly as many people as Covid, and the common cold virtually no one. So, yes, “Masks, distancing, vaccine, treatments” but idiotic to rely on herd immunity. “Live our lives and be safe”? We can’t do both freely. How about you work on your fellow Trumpsters to wear a mask, for starters.

  4. Stores are too cowardly to enforce their mask mandates. Last week Walmart in Fishers and Meijer on E 96th St were full of non-masking wearing (or wearing beneath their nose/mouth) shoppers and employees. Afraid they would lose business if they enforced the mandates that are clearly stated on their doors? If ALL stores enforced the mandate, where else would shoppers go? There are just so many grocery stores in the Indpls area! Wear it properly the entire time you are in the store shopping or buy take out.

    1. “Too cowardly” lol. I simply don’t believe your statement. I don’t think I can think of 10 incidents in the last 60 days of people not masking in an area where they should. On the other side, I have seen 100’s if not thousands of idiots wearing masks by themselves. Lack of wearing is not the reason for the increase

    2. Chuck W. Very curious about all these people I see driving alone in their car, riding bikes, walking alone with masks on. Would honestly love to hear why. Are you just trying to show how serious you are about mask wearing or protecting yourself from something? I am very curious? I can’t stand them, and wear them when required, but as soon as I get outside or in my car I can’t wait to take it off and breath fresh air. Some in comments here and in the past have implied it’s a political thing. Democrats are good people and wear masks whereas Republicans are evil and selfish. Is it really that simple? Can’t we think for ourselves anymore without the ridiculous labels.

  5. History is repeating itself (Learn some history of the 1918 pandemic even though it is a different virus and not from any form of social media, i.e. Facebook, twitter, etc. Actually read a a whole book!.) if one does not wear a mask, socially distance, and use good hand hygiene. Otherwise, the whole population is going to pay for this arrogance and selfishness in the form of overloading the healthcare system and shutting down more jobs.!!!!

    1. Relax, buddy. If you’re afraid you’re welcome to hang out in your basement forever. The rest of us can accept death as a part of life and continue on with our normal lives.

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