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Indiana reports 84 COVID-19 deaths and 8,003 new positive cases

Posted at 12:30 PM, Dec 04, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-04 12:30:47-05

INDIANAPOLIS — The Indiana State Department of Health reported 84 additional COVID-19 deaths Friday, along with 8,003 additional cases.

A total of 3,289 people are hospitalized with COVID-19, a decrease since Thursday.

There have been 367,329 positive cases and 5,832 deaths in Indiana since the pandemic began. An additional 290 probable COVID-19 deaths have also been reported.

The state health department said probable deaths are those a physician listed COVID-19 as a contributing cause based on X-rays, scans and other clinical symptoms but for which no positive test is on record.

Over the previous five days, the state reported 8,527 new cases on Thursday, 6,655 on Wednesday, 5,518 on Tuesday, 5,713 on Monday, and 4,335 on Sunday.

Marion County continues to lead the state with 49,899 cases and 902 deaths reported. Other counties that have seen the largest number of deaths from COVID-19 include Lake County with 490, Allen County with 342, St. Joseph County with 249, Elkhart County with 249, Hamilton County with 184, Johnson County with 178 and Hendricks County with 165.

There have been more than 4.4 million COVID-19 tests administered to more than 2.2 million individuals with a 16.2% cumulative positivity rate among unique individuals. Indiana's seven-day positivity rate among unique individuals through Nov. 25 is 24.7%. Among all tests, the cumulative positivity rate is 7.5%, while the seven-day positivity rate is 11.7%.

The state health department said 20.5% of ICU beds and 70.3% of ventilators are available.


Human coronaviruses most commonly spread from an infected person to others through: Respiratory droplets released into the air by coughing and sneezing; close personal contact, such as touching or shaking hands; touching an object or surface with the virus on it, then touching your mouth, nose, or eyes before washing your hands; rarely, fecal contamination.

The best way to protect yourself from any respiratory illness, including the flu, is to: Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap & water are not available, use alcohol-based hand sanitizer. Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands. Avoid close contact (within six feet) with people who are sick. Stay home when you are sick. Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash. Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.

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