INDIANAPOLIS — The Indiana State Department of Health reported Monday that 38 more Hoosiers have died with COVID-19 and 5,713 others tested positive for the virus.
According to ISDH statistics, 32 of the newly reported deaths occurred Saturday and Sunday. Deaths are reported based on when the state receives data and occurred over multiple days.
A total of 3,401 people are hospitalized with COVID-19, a decrease of nine since Sunday.
There have been 338,977 positive cases and 5,456 deaths in Indiana since the pandemic began. An additional 267 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 4,335 new cases on Sunday, 4,535 on Saturday, 5,700 on Friday, 6,434 new cases on Thursday and 6,059 on Wednesday.
Marion County continues to lead the state with 46,131 cases and 870 deaths reported. Other counties that have seen the largest number of deaths from COVID-19 include Lake County with 469, Allen County with 307, St. Joseph County with 239, Elkhart County with 236, Hamilton County with 172, Johnson County with 171 and Hendricks County with 162.
There have been more than 4.25 million COVID-19 tests administered to more than 2.2 million individuals with a 15.4% cumulative positivity rate among unique individuals. Indiana's seven-day positivity rate among unique individuals through Nov. 23 is 21.1%. Among all tests, the cumulative positivity rate is 7.3%, while the seven-day positivity rate is 10.8%.
The state health department said 24% of ICU beds and 70.4% 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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