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Indiana reports single-day record 164 new COVID-19 deaths

More than 500,000 have tested positive for virus
Posted at 12:00 PM, Dec 29, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-29 12:20:57-05

INDIANAPOLIS — The Indiana State Department of Health reported Tuesday that 164 more people died with COVID-19, a single-day record, and 4,028 others tested positive for the virus.

The majority of newly reported deaths occurred in the past week with 124 dying between Dec. 24-28. Deaths are reported based on when the state receives data and occurred over multiple days. The previous record for deaths reported on a single day was was 143 on Dec. 22

A total of 2,951 people are in the hospital with COVID-19, an increase of 85 since Monday.

There have been 500,282 positive cases and 7,703 deaths in Indiana since the pandemic began. An additional 348 probable COVID-19 deaths have also been reported.

There have been more than 5.58 million COVID-19 tests administered to more than 2.61 million individuals with a 19.1% cumulative positivity rate among unique individuals. Indiana's seven-day positivity rate among unique individuals through Dec. 22 is 23.5%. Among all tests, the cumulative positivity rate is 8.2%, while the seven-day positivity rate is 11.8%.

The state health department said 24.8% of ICU beds and 69.3% of ventilators are available.