Indiana reports highest number of new COVID-19 deaths since May; hospitalizations rise again

The Indiana State Department of Health on Tuesday reported 48 new deaths due to COVID-19, the largest increase in deaths in the daily report since May 21, when the same number was reported.

Newly reported deaths have been in double digits 13 times over the past 15 days. The deaths in Tuesday’s report occurred from Oct. 8 through Monday.

Indiana has reported an increase of 357 deaths so far in October, already topping the numbers in each of the previous three months.

Indiana also reported 1,551 new COVID-19 cases, the 11th time in 12 days that new cases have exceeded 1,500. The state has now seen more than 150,000 positive cases since the start of the pandemic.

The department said the seven-day moving average for cases was  1,802.

Hospitalizations due to COVID-19 were 1,425 as of Monday, up from 1,373 on Sunday. Monday’s number was the highest since May 5.

The department reported the testing of 8,189 more unique individuals, the lowest testing number since Oct. 14. The state’s seven-day positivity rate for unique individuals rose from 11.8 to 12.4%.

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: 1,551

Total cumulative cases reported Tuesday: 150,664

Total cumulative cases reported Monday: 149,166

Increase in cumulative cases: 1,498

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: 48

Total deaths: 3,775

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: 8,189

Total cumulative tested individuals reported Tuesday: 1,572,350

Total cumulative tested individuals reported Monday: 1,564,722

Increase in cumulative tested individuals: 7,628

Cumulative positivity rate unique individuals: 9.6%

Seven-day positivity rate unique individuals: 12.4%**

Cumulative positivity rate all tests: 5.8%

Seven-day positivity rate all tests: 6.7%**

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: 24,697 (increase of 145)

Marion County new deaths: 3

Marion County cumulative deaths: 784

Marion County 7-day positivity rate unique individuals: 10.8%

Hamilton County cumulative cases: 5,962

Hendricks County cumulative cases: 3,183

Johnson County cumulative cases: 2,995

Madison County cumulative cases: 2,295

Boone County cumulative cases: 1,188

Hancock County cumulative cases: 1,141

Morgan County cumulative cases: 922

Shelby County cumulative cases: 794

Indiana intensive care unit usage

Available ICU beds: 36.3%

ICU beds in use by COVID-19 patients: 18.4%

Available ventilators: 78.1%

Ventilators in use for COVID-19: 5%

U.S. and worldwide numbers

As of Tuesday, from Johns Hopkins University:

U.S. cases: 8,224,396

U.S. deaths: 220,338

Global cases: 40,514,091

Global deaths: 1,120,003

*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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5 thoughts on “Indiana reports highest number of new COVID-19 deaths since May; hospitalizations rise again

  1. See 3rd paragraph: this is October, not September.


    (However, that error does not make this fake news or a hoax or whatever the deniers are saying now. I was predictable with the number of cases spiking a couple of weeks ago.)

  2. Come on, man! Where are the media-hoaxers? The anti-maskers? Seems like they fell silent. Or maybe I just haven’t heard the latest complete BS story. “We’re turning the corner….” haha, except people are dying.

  3. Gee Randy and Wesley, you guys ought to take the act out on the road, you are killing it!! Covid is real, and until either 1) there is a widely distributed and effective vaccine or 2) we reach herd immunity, most of us will probably catch it. The media sensationalism (not hoax) kicks in when they don’t report on more positive aspects of the issue, like if you are under 70, your survival rate starts at 99.9 something. (and yes, I know/realize any death is not a good thing for those that can’t wait to say something about that) Also, once again, the IBJ sensationalizes with their headline “Indiana reports highest number of new COVID-19 deaths since May” without providing the extra detail that this death number is over an 11 day span, not just the past 24 hours. (and yes, I realize the IBJ standard disclaimer is that all the deaths were reported in the last 24 hour cycle) To me, it makes a difference if there were 48 deaths in the last day, versus if they were spread out over the last 11 days.

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