NEW (Nov. 15):
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Public health officials have reported another 6,844 confirmed COVID-19 cases in Indiana and 22 additional deaths. The Indiana State Department of Health on Sunday reported 53,776 administered tests with an 11.3% average positive test rate over seven days. Since the beginning of the pandemic, there have been 251,597 confirmed cases in Indiana and 4,660 deaths. Starting Sunday, most of the state will fall under a new governor’s order reinstating limits on crowd sizes after weeks of steep increases in coronavirus-related deaths and hospitalizations.
PREVIOUS POST (Nov. 14):
Saturday Indiana once again blew away its previous record high in daily COVID-19 cases by almost 2,000. The latest numbers show 8,451 new cases were reported Friday on Nov. 13. Prior to that, the highest number of daily cases had been reported just two days earlier at 6,654.
The new single-day high is 28% more than the previous high set two days earlier. The soaring number of infections come as most of the state will fall under a new governor’s order beginning Sunday reinstating limits on crowd sizes after weeks of steep increases in coronavirus-related deaths and hospitalizations. The state health department on Saturday also recorded 25 more COVID-19 deaths, pushing the state’s pandemic toll to 4,888.
The following area counties all saw new highs in daily case numbers:
Elkhart County - 456 new cases
St. Joseph County - 450 new cases
Kosciusko County - 149 new cases
Fulton County - 35 new cases
Pulaski County - 18 new cases
PREVIOUS POST (Nov. 13):
LaPorte County is reporting a new record high in daily COVID-19 cases based on information released at noon Friday by the Indiana State Dept. of Health. Laporte County saw 143 new cases on Thursday. Starke County also reported a new record high in daily cases with 28 new cases on Thursday. Fulton County saw a new record too with 27 new cases. LaGrange County which is in the red did not see record numbers yesterday, but the county is seeing a stunning 7-day positivity rate among unique individuals in excess of 46%. The state as a whole saw its second highest day of cases ever on Thursday with 5,708 new cases. The day before that the state reported a new all-time high with daily cases spiking above the 66-hundred mark. Indiana is averaging nearly as many coronavirus-related deaths now as it did during the spring’s initial surge of cases, with heath officials adding 50 more deaths to the state’s toll. The new deaths have pushed the state’s moving seven-day average to 40 per day, just short of highest average of 42 a day recorded in late April. Indiana’s COVID-19 deaths average has tripled since Gov. Eric Holcomb lifted nearly all coronavirus-related restrictions in late September.
PREVIOUS POST (Nov. 12):
The Indiana Department of Health today announced that 6,654 additional Hoosiers have been diagnosed with COVID-19 through testing at state and private laboratories. Previously, Indiana had never seen cases over the 6,000 mark prior to today's release of data.
The state hit 6,000 just one week after hitting 4,000 for the first time.
Locally, Elkhart County hit a new high in daily cases with 412 new cases reported on Nov. 11.
Elkhart County's health officer says that many of the testing sites in the county are experiencing significant wait times due to the number of people needing to be tested. The testing site in Nappanee typically has less of a wait than the rest. It is located at the Goshen Health Anglemeyer Clinic at 1953 Waterfall Dr in Nappanee.
St. Joseph County also hit a new daily high with 349 cases.
LaGrange County, which is in the red, also hit a new daily high with 46 cases.
Indiana health officials have reported 51 more coronavirus-related deaths as the state also saw new record levels of COVID-19 hospitalizations and confirmed coronavirus infections. All Indianapolis schools must switch to all-virtual instruction by Nov. 30 as many school districts across the state are shifting away from in-person classes. Indiana hospitals were treating 2,569 COVID-19 patients as of Wednesday - a 200% increase since Gov. Eric Holcomb lifted nearly all coronavirus-related restrictions in late September.
The hospitalizations are the highest since the Indiana State Department of Health began releasing that data, and nearly 200% higher than it was when the state moved to Stage 5 of its reopening plan.
This new record comes one day after the governor’s announcement of new limited COVID-19 restrictions for counties flagged as either orange or red, based on seven-day positivity rates and weekly new cases. Those restrictions apply to all but five counties.
In the last seven days, ISDH has reported nearly 35-thousand new cases and 294 new confirmed deaths.
Diane Daniels <email@example.com>12:07 PM (1 minute ago) to Tony, Kent, Tony, Gemma LaPorte County is reporting a new record high in daily COVID-19 cases ... based on information released at noon today by the Indiana STate Dept. of Health... Laporte County saw 143 new cases on Thursday. Starke county also reported a new record high in daily cases... with 28 new cases on Thursday. Fulton County saw a new record too with 27 new cases. LaGrange County which is in the red... did not see record numbers yesterday but the county is seeing a stunning 7-day positivity rate in excess of 46% among unique individuals. The state as a whole saw its second highest day of cases ever on Thursday with 5,708 new cases. The day before that the state reported a new all-time high with daily cases spiking past the 66-hundred mark.