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Another New Daily High In COVID-19 Cases In Indiana


Listen to a broadcast version of this story from IPB's Lauren Chapman on Indiana surpassing 4,000 COVID-19 deaths.

Newly released data from the Indiana State Dept. of Health indicates that on Wed., Oct. 28th the state recorded another new all-time high in new COVID-19 cases.

3,649 new cases were reported along with 33 additional deaths. Total deaths in the state have now topped the 4,000 mark at 4,024.

The reporting from the state today came with the following disclaimer: 

A historic load of negative labs resulted in the addition of 148 historical tested individuals and 1,351 historical tests administered to today's counts. 

In the past the state has had other instances like this where delayed data was added in. 

The department’s daily update of its coronavirus dashboard showed 1,733 Hoosiers are currently hospitalized with the coronavirus, the highest since early April. Such hospitalizations have grown by more than 72% since Sept. 22 — the day before Republican Gov. Eric Holcomb announced his decision to lift nearly all of Indiana’s restrictions while extending the statewide mask mandate.

Gov. Eric Holcomb has maintained these worsening numbers are not reason to reinstate any restrictions.

Of the 4,024 Hoosiers who are confirmed to have died from COVID-19, 57% come from long-term care facilities.

State health officials say there are an additional 236 suspected COVID-19 deaths – where a test wasn’t administered but health care professionals believe the person had the virus.

The rate of newly reported deaths had slowed at the end of the summer, averaging around 10 deaths per day from the end of June to the middle of September. But since mid-September, Indiana’s reported deaths have continued to grow, with 188 new deaths reported in the last week.

Since going to Stage 5, the state has reported 634 deaths – with Lake, St. Joseph and Vanderburgh counties reporting more than 40 each in that time frame.

Elkhart County is also reporting a record high number of new daily cases in the latest data from the state. The county reported 238 new cases on Oct. 28. 

St. Joseph County also reported a new record high in daily COVID-19 cases on Wednesday with 227 new cases reported. 

Starke County reported its highest number of cases yet during the pandemic with 20 cases reported Wednesday. 

Hospitalizations in the District 2 region of Indiana are also at an all-time high with 226 patients currently in the hospital being treated for COVID-19 as of Wednesday. District 2 is comprised of St. Joseph, Elkhart, Marshall, Starke, Kosciusko, Pulaski and Fulton counties.

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