INDIANAPOLIS — Indiana set a new record Tuesday for COVID-19 deaths reported on a single day.
The Indiana State Department of Health reported that 103 more Hoosiers have died with COVID-19 and 5,702 others tested positive for the virus.
The majority of deaths occurred in the past week, including 68 reported between Sunday and Monday. Deaths are reported based on when the state receives data and occurred over multiple days.
A total of 3,279 people are hospitalized with COVID-19, an increase of 60 since Sunday.
There have been 306,538 positive cases and 5,169 deaths in Indiana since the pandemic began. An additional 266 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 5,606 new cases on Monday, 6,255 on Sunday, 6,983 on Saturday, 6,912 on Friday and 7,420 on Thursday.
Marion County continues to lead the state with 41,953 cases and 849 deaths reported. Other counties that have seen the largest number of deaths from COVID-19 include Lake County with 453, Allen County with 295, St. Joseph County with 223, Elkhart County with 219, Hamilton County with 167, Johnson County with 165 and Hendricks County with 156.
There have been more than 3.97 million COVID-19 tests administered to more than 2.1 million individuals with a 14.5% cumulative positivity rate among unique individuals. Indiana's seven-day positivity rate among unique individuals through Nov. 17 is 22%. Among all tests, the cumulative positivity rate is 7.1%, while the seven-day positivity rate is 11.4%.
The state health department said 24.4% of ICU beds and 72.2% 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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