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, August 9
The Indiana State Department of Health reports 1,048 new cases of COVID-19 for a total of 74,328. The state positivity average for COVID cases over the last seven days is now 7.5 percent.
The state also reported one more death for a total of 2,835.
Saturday, August 8
After Friday's record day of 1,253 new cases, the Indiana State Department of Health reported 1,036 new positive cases of COVID-19 among Hoosiers on Saturday - making it the second-highest day of the pandemic. Indiana's daily total also topped the thousand mark for the third consecutive day.
Saturday's updated number brings to 73,287 the total number of Indiana residents known to have the novel coronavirus following corrections to the previous day’s total.
The 13 additional deaths brings the state's total to 2,834 fatal cases of the virus. Another 202 probable deaths have been reported based on patients for whom no positive test was recorded before they died, but who exhibited symptoms of the virus.
Nearly 830-thousand people have been been tested in the state during the pandemic, with 8.8 percent of those individuals coming back positive. More than a million tests have been administered overall representing multiple tests given to the same person.
Hospital capacity remains stable with 34 percent of ICU beds and nearly 81 percent of ventilators available across the state.
Friday, August 7
State health officials reported 1,253 new cases of COVID-19 Friday, the most daily cases announced since the pandemic started. In total, there have been 72,254 confirmed cases in Indiana.
ISDH also reported 10 additional deaths, meaning 2,821 Hoosiers have died due to COVID-19.
Indiana's positivity rate also increased to 7.5%.
Thursday, August 6
The Indiana State Department of Health announced 1,051 new positive COVID-19 cases and 6 additional deaths Thursday.
State health officials said Indiana's total positivity rate has remained the same at 8.8%. Overall, 72,015 Hoosiers have tested positive for the virus and 2,811 Hoosiers have died.
More than 804,000 Hoosiers have been tested since the start of the pandemic.
Wednesday, August 5
Dr. Kristina Box said Indiana is seeing an increase in COVID-19 hospitalizations and ICU patients, however only around 3% of ventilators are in use.
After multiple COVID-19 cases were identified following the first week of classes in Indiana, Box said schools must make sure students wear masks, stay distanced and know to stay home if they are sick or have been tested for COVID-19.
"I get a lot of questions about whether schools should be opening now," Box said. "I continue to believe our schools can safely reopen...this does not mean our schools will be free of COVID."
Box said the state continues to expect COVID-19 cases coming from schools, but said following guidelines is the best form of protection.
State health officials confirmed 740 new positive COVID-19 cases and 12 additional deaths. In total, around 70,000 Hoosiers have contracted the coronavirus and 2,805 have died.
Indiana's total positivity rate is 8.8%, with the positivity rate from the past seven days around 7.4%. ISDH said around 18.2% of cases are in people aged 20 to 29
Tuesday, August 4
The Indiana State Department of Health is reporting 836 new cases of COVID-19. That brings the total for positive cases in the state to 69,255. The seven-day average positivity rate is now at 7.3%.
Indiana is also reporting 14 more deaths for a total of 2,794. The vast majority of the deaths have been in people 60 and older.
Monday, August 3
The Indiana State Department of Health announced that 582 additional Hoosiers have been diagnosed with COVID-19 with 68,433 total Indiana residents now known to have the novel coronavirus.
A total of 2,780 Hoosiers are confirmed to have died from COVID-19, an increase of five over the previous day. Another 200 probable deaths have been reported in people who died with COVID-19 symptoms that were never verified by a test.
As of today, more than 39 percent of ICU beds and nearly 85 percent of ventilators are available across the state.
To date, 775,482 tests for unique individuals have been reported to ISDH, up from 769,043 on Sunday.
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