INDIANAPOLIS — The Indiana State Department of Health reported Friday that 50 more Hoosiers have died with COVID-19 and 5,708 people have tested positive.
Over the previous five days, the state reported a record 6,654 new cases on Thursday, 5,156 on Wednesday, 4,879 on Tuesday, 4,213 on Monday and 4,689 on Sunday. On Friday, ISDH also reported 2,548 people are hospitalized with COVID-19, a decrease of 21 since Thursday.
There have been 236,565 positive cases and 4,613 deaths in Indiana since the pandemic began. An additional 250 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.
Marion County continues to lead the state with 33,579 cases and 816 deaths reported. Other counties that have seen the largest number of deaths from COVID-19 include Lake County with 407, Allen County with 263, St. Joseph County with 193, Elkhart County with 182, Johnson County with 160, Hamilton County with 153 and Hendricks County with 148.
There have been more than 3.41 million COVID-19 tests administered to more than 1.89 million individuals with a 12.5% cumulative positivity rate among unique individuals. Indiana's seven-day positivity rate among unique individuals through Nov. 6 is 20.8%. Among all tests, the cumulative positivity rate is 6.5%, while the seven-day positivity rate is 10.6%.
The state health department said 23.5% of ICU beds and 76.3% of ventilators are available.
Any Hoosier seeking COVID-testing can obtain it through one of the state-sponsored OptumServe sites, regardless of whether they are at high risk or have symptoms. To find testing locations around the state, visit www.coronavirus.in.gov and click on the COVID-19 testing information link. More than 200 locations are available around the state.
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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