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Indiana reports 63 more COVID-19 deaths and 6,912 new positive cases

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Posted at 11:56 AM, Nov 20, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-20 11:56:28-05

INDIANAPOLIS — The Indiana State Department of Health reported Friday that 63 more Hoosiers have died with COVID-19 and 6,912 others tested positive for the virus.

On Wednesday, ISDH also reported 3,077 people are hospitalized with COVID-19.

There have been 282,311 positive cases and 4,952 deaths in Indiana since the pandemic began. An additional 254 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 38,327 cases and 836 deaths reported. Other counties that have seen the largest number of deaths from COVID-19 include Lake County with 441, Allen County with 286, St. Joseph County with 213, Elkhart County with 204, Johnson County with 160, Hamilton County with 160, and Hendricks County with 153.

There have been more than 3.78 million COVID-19 tests administered to more than 2 million individuals with a 13.7% cumulative positivity rate among unique individuals. Indiana's seven-day positivity rate among unique individuals through Nov. 12 is 23.5%. Among all tests, the cumulative positivity rate is 6.9%, while the seven-day positivity rate is 12.1%.

The state health department said 21.6% of ICU beds and 73% 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.

The state Department of Health will offer free drive-thru clinics from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the following locations today through Saturday this week:

  • Lake CountySt. Timothy Church 1600 W. 25th Ave., Gary
  • Clay County Clay County Testing 911 Bonnie Geyne Miller Dr., Brazil
  • Spencer County Spencer County Community Center 1101 E. CR 800 North, Chrisney
  • Jasper County Kankakee Fire Station 12161 N. County Road 200 East, Wheatfield

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