Indiana reports new highs in COVID-19 deaths, hospitalizations

The Indiana State Department of Health on Tuesday reported new highs in COVID-19 deaths and hospitalizations as cases topped 5,000 for the seventh day in a row.

The state reported 84 new deaths on Tuesday, raising the cumulative total during the pandemic to 4,770. The department said the newly reported deaths occurred from Oct. 22 to Nov. 16. The previous high number of deaths in the daily report was 63 on both Nov. 10 and April 29.

Newly reported deaths have reached or topped 25 in Indiana in 21 of the past 22 days. Deaths have been in double digits 40 times over the past 42 days.

Hospitalizations due to COVID-19 in Indiana jumped to 2,951 on Monday, up from the previous high of 2,768 on Sunday. COVID-19 patients occupy almost 37% of the state’s intensive care beds.

Indiana reported 5,541 new COVID-19 cases on Tuesday. New cases have exceeded 4,000 for 13 straight days and have topped 2,000 for the past 27 days.

The department said the seven-day moving average for cases reached another all-time high of 6,143.

The department reported the testing of 17,320 more unique individuals. Testing of new individuals has exceeded 10,000 for 21 straight days.

The state’s seven-day positivity rate for unique individuals jumped from 22.6% on Monday to 23.2% on Tuesday. The seven-day positivity rate for all tests has climbed to 12%.

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: 5,541

Total cumulative cases reported Tuesday: 262,207

Total cumulative cases reported Monday: 256,744

Increase in cumulative cases: 5,463

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: 84

Total deaths: 4,770

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: 17,320

Total cumulative tested individuals reported Tuesday: 1,969,088

Total cumulative tested individuals reported Monday: 1,952,202

Increase in cumulative tested individuals: 16,886

Cumulative positivity rate unique individuals: 13.3%

Seven-day positivity rate unique individuals: 23.2%**

Cumulative positivity rate all tests: 6.7%

Seven-day positivity rate all tests: 12%**

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: 36,874 (increase of 884)

Marion County new deaths: 4

Marion County cumulative deaths: 827

Marion County 7-day positivity rate unique individuals: 20.6%

Marion County 7-day positivity rate all tests: 13.3%

Hamilton County cumulative cases: 10,648

Hendricks County cumulative cases: 4,973

Johnson County cumulative cases: 5,245

Madison County cumulative cases: 4,069

Boone County cumulative cases: 2,040

Hancock County cumulative cases: 2,102

Morgan County cumulative cases: 1,747

Shelby County cumulative cases: 1,520

Indiana intensive care unit usage

Available ICU beds: 25.2%

ICU beds in use by COVID-19 patients: 36.9%

Available ventilators: 74.8%

Ventilators in use for COVID-19: 8.8%

U.S. and worldwide numbers

As of Tuesday, from Johns Hopkins University:

U.S. cases: 11,218,305

U.S. deaths: 247,263

Global cases: 55,243,538

Global deaths: 1,330,930

*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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7 thoughts on “Indiana reports new highs in COVID-19 deaths, hospitalizations

    1. Neil D., is “Criminal Bidener” something QAnon cooked up? Of course masks are helpful – not foolproof, but helpful.

  1. 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:

  2. Also the criteria for the counties to be ‘red’ mysteriously jumped from 10% to 15% infection rate. Under this moving goal post, most of the state is orange. Had we kept consistent metrics almost the entire state would be designated ‘red’. Pretty scary when you can’t trust the state government.

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