INDIANAPOLIS — Like many states, including Kentucky, Indiana is seeing an increase in coronavirus cases and hospitalizations. Here are the latest numbers that we will update daily in this story.
Sunday, July 26
The Indiana State Department of Health reported 860 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 Sunday, meaning 62,372 Hoosiers have tested positive for the new coronavirus.
Eight additional deaths that occurred between June 19 and Saturday bring the state's total from the pandemic to 2,706.
More than 700 thousand tests have been recorded in Indiana, with 8.9 percent of those coming back positive for the virus.
Beginning on Monday, a statewide mask mandate takes effect.
Saturday, July 25
The Indiana State Department of Health reported 934 additional deaths from COVID-19 on Saturday, its fourth-highest daily total since the pandemic began.
Positive cases now number 61,520. The latest cases were reported between July 14 and Friday. The moving average of cases increased to 843 per day since the start of the pandemic.
Eleven additional Hoosiers have died from the virus, bringing the state's total confirmed COVID-19 deaths to 2,698. The deaths reported Saturday occurred between July 18 and Friday.
To date, 690,274 tests have been reported to ISDH, an increase of 11,570 from Friday.
To find testing locations around the state, visit www.coronavirus.in.gov and click on the COVID-19 testing information link.
Friday, July 24
The Indiana State Department of Health reports 1,011 new COVID-19 cases. That sets a new daily record during the pandemic eclipsing Thursday's record of 954. The state total for positive cases of COVID-19 during the pandemic is now at 60,598.
The state also saw four new deaths, which bringing the state total to 2,687.
Thursday, July 23
There are nearly 1,000 more cases of COVID-19 Thursday. The 954 newly reported cases brings Indiana to a total of 59,602.
Additionally, there were 17 more deaths reported. The deaths date back to July 12.
As of noon — when the latest numbers are typically updated — ISDH had not updated numbers on hospitalizations, ICU bed availability, and ventilator availability due to technical issues.
Wednesday, July 22
Governor Eric Holcomb and state leaders are providing an update on the response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Effective Monday, July 27, the governor will order a statewide mask requirement. The factors used to make the decision included:
- Getting children back in school and businesses open
- Increase in COVID-19 positivity rate
- Increase in number of Hoosiers hospitalized for COVID-19
- Additional counties seeing more cases
- Increase in cases and positivity rate in neighboring states
The mandate will be for anyone 8 years and older in indoor public spaces, commercial entities or transportation services, or in outside public spaces when you cannot social distance.
Mask use in schools is required for for grades 3 and up, faculty and staff, volunteers and anyone else in schools.
- Masks are also required for co-curricular and extra-curricular activities, with exceptions for stenuous physical activity.
Exceptions will be made for medical purposes. strenuous physical activity, eating, and drinking. masks will be strongly recommended for those ages 2-7.
Mask use in schools is required for grades 3 and up, faculty and staff, volunteers and anyone else in schools.
- Masks are also required for co-curricular and extra-curricular activities, with exceptions for strenuous physical activity.
Schools will be allowed to determine for themselves how and when to do in school or virtual learning.
The state recommends schools should use the following to minimize the spread and exposure:
- Space desks as far as possible facing in the same direction
- Cohort younger students into pods
- Hand washing and disinfecting
- Plan schedules so that a minimum number of students are close contacts
- Do not conduct birthday parties or other events that put students in close contact
- Isolate and send home any person who develops symptoms
Exceptions to mask requirement
Exceptions will be made for medical purposes. strenuous physical activity, eating and drinking. Masks will be strongly recommended for those ages 2-7.
The state is reporting 763 more cases of coronavirus and 14 more deaths. That puts Indiana at 58,673 total confirmed cases and 2,666 deaths.
Nine percent of Hoosiers tested for the virus have gotten a positive result.
The number of people hospitalized by the virus increased over the previous day from 803 to 869.
COVID-19 patients account for 13.5 percent of the states ICU bed, with 36.6 percent of ICU beds still available. Almost 3 percent of the state's ventilators are being used by COVID-19 patients, with more than 82 percent of them still available.
The 500 Festival announced it has canceled the remaining in-person events for 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The following events have been canceled:
- 500 Festival Kickoff to May, presented by STAR Bank
- Salesforce & JPMorgan Chase 500 Festival Kids’ Day and Rookie Run
- 500 Festival Breakfast at the Brickyard, presented by Midwestern Engineers, Inc.
- 500 Festival Volunteer Appreciation Day, presented by Citizens Energy Group
- 500 Festival Memorial Service, presented by Rolls-Royce
- IPL 500 Festival Parade
- 500 Festival mini-mini
This is the first time in 500 Festival history that the organization’s traditional schedule of events will not take place during the days leading up to the Indy 500.
Tuesday, July 21
State health officials reported 734 new COVID-19 cases, bringing the state's total to 57,916 positive cases. ISDH also reported 20 additional deaths between July 6 and 20, meaning 2,652 Hoosiers have died.
Over 644,800 people have been tested in total, with a 9% positivity rate. The largest age groups to test positive are those 20 to 29 and 40 to 49, while the lowest are those 70 or older.
Monday, July 20
The Indiana State Department of Health reported 658 new positive cases, for a total of more than 57,000 since the pandemic began. The Monday numbers mean Indiana has seen more than 600 new cases a day for the past week.
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