Indiana reports 6,983 more COVID-19 cases, new high in hospitalizations

The Indiana State Department of Health on Saturday reported 6,983 new COVID-19 cases, the third highest daily case number of the pandemic and the 11th straight day that the state has reported more than 5,000 new cases.

Indiana has reported more than 4,000 new cases for 17 straight days and in excess of 2,000 for the past 31 days.

The state reported 40 new COVID-19 deaths, raising the cumulative total during the pandemic to 4,992. Indiana has reported more than 25 deaths in 26 of the last 27 daily reports.

Hospitalizations due to COVID-19 in Indiana hit another all-time high, climbing to 3,168 on Friday, up from 3,077 on Thursday.

COVID-19 patients occupy 43% of the state’s intensive care beds. The state said 22.4% of its ICU beds are unoccupied.

The department reported the testing of 22,907 more unique individuals. Testing of new individuals has exceeded 20,000 six times in the past eight days.

The state’s seven-day positivity rate for unique individuals remained at 23.5%. The seven-day positivity rate for all tests is at 12.2%.

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: 6,983

Total cumulative cases reported Saturday: 289,183

Total cumulative cases reported Friday: 282,311

Increase in cumulative cases: 6,872

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: 40

Total deaths: 4,992

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: 22,907

Total cumulative tested individuals reported Saturday: 2,009,763

Total cumulative tested individuals reported Friday: 2,030,938

Increase in cumulative tested individuals: 21,175

Cumulative positivity rate unique individuals: 14.1%

Seven-day positivity rate unique individuals: 23.5%**

Cumulative positivity rate all tests: 6.9%

Seven-day positivity rate all tests: 12.2%**

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: 39,860 (increase of 746)

Marion County new deaths: 3

Marion County cumulative deaths: 839

Marion County 7-day positivity rate unique individuals: 21%

Marion County 7-day positivity rate all tests: 13.5%

Hamilton County cumulative cases: 11,889

Hendricks County cumulative cases: 5,539

Johnson County cumulative cases: 5,814

Madison County cumulative cases: 4,487

Boone County cumulative cases: 2,271

Hancock County cumulative cases: 2,349

Morgan County cumulative cases: 1,908

Shelby County cumulative cases: 1,663

Indiana intensive care unit usage

Available ICU beds: 22.4%

ICU beds in use by COVID-19 patients: 43%

Available ventilators: 72.7%

Ventilators in use for COVID-19: 10.4%

U.S. and worldwide numbers

As of Saturday, from Johns Hopkins University:

U.S. cases: 11,928,902

U.S. deaths: 254,560

Global cases: 57,775,599

Global deaths: 1,376,404

*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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9 thoughts on “Indiana reports 6,983 more COVID-19 cases, new high in hospitalizations

    1. Well when 25-40% of the population doesn’t wear them, or wear them properly, they’re entirely ineffective.

  1. I need more information to make a decision. What is the total deaths in Indiana by all causes this year compared to last year. The conflicting reports make it impossible to know when each group is lying. Some say the hospitals intensive care is being wasted on “end of life” care for patients who used to die in nursing homes and home care. Again, we need honest counts by age. The failure of the state to supply such information brings questions to my mind. Can we believe a state that protects us by withholding information? Does anyone believe that state population will decrease from COVID-19 deaths? Are we becoming a county of Howard Hughes — germophobe?

    1. The State definitely should provide more information. People need to know where community outbreaks are coming from and which business are breaking the rules. Most of the information you’re complaining about, however, is easily obtained on the State’s health department website. I also don’t get why you think anyone is lying. Indiana basically has no restrictions compared to many states and countries. What’s the incentive to lie in a Republican controlled state?

      As far as total deaths this year vs last, I don’t know a source and am not going to waste my time searching. That should be something you could Google though.

  2. 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

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