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Indiana reports 42 COVID-19 deaths and 5,700 new positive cases

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Posted at 12:04 PM, Dec 07, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-07 12:16:08-05

INDIANAPOLIS — The Indiana State Department of Health reported Monday that 42 more Hoosiers have died with COVID-19 and 5,700 others tested positive for the virus.

According to ISDH statistics, the majority of deaths happened in the past week with 36 occurring between Saturday and Sunday. Deaths are reported based on when the state receives data and occurred over multiple days.

After five days of decreasing hospitalization numbers, a total of 3,214 people are in the hospital with COVID-19, an increase of 25 since Sunday.

There have been 387,278 positive cases and 5,986 deaths in Indiana since the pandemic began. An additional 298 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 6,678 new cases on Sunday, 7,793 on Saturday, 8,003 on Friday, 8,527 on Thursday and 6,655 on Wednesday.

Marion County continues to lead the state with 52,737 cases and 919 deaths reported. Other counties that have seen the largest number of deaths from COVID-19 include Lake County with 495, Allen County with 354, St. Joseph County with 262, Elkhart County with 256, Hamilton County with 186, Johnson County with 182 and Hendricks County with 169.

There have been more than 4.61 million COVID-19 tests administered to more than 2.32 million individuals with a 16.7% cumulative positivity rate among unique individuals. Indiana's seven-day positivity rate among unique individuals through Nov. 30 is 27.2%. Among all tests, the cumulative positivity rate is 7.6%, while the seven-day positivity rate is 13.8%.

The state health department said 22.1% of ICU beds and 70% of ventilators are available.


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