INDIANAPOLIS — The Indiana State Department of Health reported 65 additional COVID-19 deaths Thursday, along with 8,527 additional cases.
A total of 3,362 people are hospitalized with COVID-19, a decrease since Wednesday.
There have been 359,430 positive cases and 5,748 deaths in Indiana since the pandemic began. An additional 285 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 6,655 new cases on Wednesday, 5,518 on Tuesday, 5,713 on Monday, 4,335 on Sunday and 4,535 on Saturday.
Marion County continues to lead the state with 48,743 cases and 894 deaths reported. Other counties that have seen the largest number of deaths from COVID-19 include Lake County with 484, Allen County with 338, St. Joseph County with 245, Elkhart County with 246, Hamilton County with 182, Johnson County with 177 and Hendricks County with 165.
There have been more than 4.4 million COVID-19 tests administered to more than 2.2 million individuals with a 16% cumulative positivity rate among unique individuals. Indiana's seven-day positivity rate among unique individuals through Nov. 25 is 23.7%. Among all tests, the cumulative positivity rate is 7.4%, while the seven-day positivity rate is 11.4%.
The state health department said 20.5% of ICU beds and 69.7% 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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