Indiana reports new records in COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations

The Indiana State Department of Health on Wednesday reported 5,156 new COVID-19 cases, the highest number of cases ever reported in the department’s daily pandemic update.

The previous high for new cases was 5,007 on Nov. 7. New cases have exceeded 4,000 for seven straight days and have topped 2,000 for the past 21 days.

Hospitalizations due to COVID-19 in Indiana continue to escalate, rising from 2,174 on Sunday to 2,336 on Monday to an all-time high of 2,544 on Tuesday. COVID-19 patients occupy 30% of the state’s intensive care beds.

The department said the seven-day moving average for cases reached another all-time high of 4,681.

The state reported 31 more deaths due to COVID-19. Newly reported deaths have reached or topped 25 for 16 straight days and have been in double digits 34 times over the past 36 days.

The department reported the testing of 16,809 more unique individuals. Testing of new individuals has exceeded 10,000 for 15 straight days.

The state’s seven-day positivity rate for unique individuals jumped from 19.2% on Tuesday to 19.9% on Wednesday. The seven-day positivity rate for all tests is 10.3%.

The health department reported 743 more resident COVID-19 cases at Indiana long-term-care facilities over the past week and 147 more deaths, raising the cumulative number of cases to 11,689 and deaths to 2,573.

There were 591 more cases and no deaths among long-term-care staff reported over the last week, bringing cumulative totals to 6,787 cases and 13 deaths.

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: 5,156

Total cumulative cases reported Wednesday: 224,374

Total cumulative cases reported Tuesday: 219,338

Increase in cumulative cases: 5,036

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: 31

Total deaths: 4,512

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: 16,809

Total cumulative tested individuals reported Wednesday: 1,853,700

Total cumulative tested individuals reported Tuesday: 1,837,630

Increase in cumulative tested individuals: 16,070

Cumulative positivity rate unique individuals: 12.1%

Seven-day positivity rate unique individuals: 19.9%**

Cumulative positivity rate all tests: 6.4%

Seven-day positivity rate all tests: 10.3%**

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: 32,031 (increase of 726)

Marion County new deaths: 2

Marion County cumulative deaths: 810

Marion County 7-day positivity rate unique individuals: 15.7%

Marion County 7-day positivity rate all tests: 10.3%

Hamilton County cumulative cases: 8,989

Hendricks County cumulative cases: 4,272

Johnson County cumulative cases: 4,397

Madison County cumulative cases: 3,485

Boone County cumulative cases: 1,680

Hancock County cumulative cases: 1,730

Morgan County cumulative cases: 1,448

Shelby County cumulative cases: 1,329

Indiana intensive care unit usage

Available ICU beds: 26.3%

ICU beds in use by COVID-19 patients: 30%

Available ventilators: 77%

Ventilators in use for COVID-19: 7%

U.S. and worldwide numbers

As of Wednesday, from Johns Hopkins University:

U.S. cases: 10,270,611

U.S. deaths: 239,846

Global cases: 51,636,989

Global deaths: 1,275,124

*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 new records in COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations

  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:

    1. Well written! >19% positivity rate for unique individuals, yet nothing changes. Warning flags are everywhere and blindly ignored at the state level. It’s a nightmare!

    2. Don’t you agree that masks don’t work? We’ve been wearing them for months and cases are going up.
      How about comparing normal hospitalizations for this time of year for covid/flu symptoms?
      Strange how the flu has gone away this year and covid keeps increasing.
      If you feel unsafe, stay at home and wear a mask. Why can’t the rest of us go to work and wear masks if businesses require it?

    3. Bernard, people aren’t wearing masks, or aren’t wearing them properly, because there are no teeth to the ‘mandate’.

    4. Masks don’t work if everyone doesn’t wear them. Not 70% of people most of the time, but 100% of people wearing them anytime they are out in public. That means getting take out instead of dining in, and no going to bars. Sorry, that’s how you fix this. The government should provide these businesses money equal to what they made before the pandemic, along with their employees.

  2. The data on masks is overwhelming. The CDC has come out more strongly to support universal mask wearing. See article:

    Masks, social distancing, and hand sanitation are well recognized tools to mitigate the virus. However, these tools have NOT been supported enough by our governmental agencies. Without this support and well as a strong voice from the heath care community, the public will not abide by these simple but effective tools.
    Also, one needs to do some examination of history of previous pandemics to get a better understanding of how we are failing in Indiana. Remember how long it took to get the public to wear seat belts. See article: Health and the economy can co-exist. Right now the State has put the economy first. As a result, we will have bigger problems in the long run.

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