INDIANAPOLIS — The Indiana State Department of Health reported Thursday that 63 more Hoosiers have died with COVID-19 and 6,434 others tested positive for the virus.
According to ISDH statistics, 51 of the newly reported deaths occurred Tuesday and Wednesday. Deaths are reported based on when the state receives data and occurred over multiple days.
A total of 3,384 people are hospitalized with COVID-19, an increase of 21 since Wednesday.
There have been 318,894 positive cases and 5,295 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 6,059 new cases on Wednesday, 5,702 on Tuesday, 5,606 on Monday, 6,255 on Sunday and 6,983 on Saturday.
Marion County continues to lead the state with 43,391 cases and 855 deaths reported. Other counties that have seen the largest number of deaths from COVID-19 include Lake County with 462, Allen County with 299, St. Joseph County with 234, Elkhart County with 226, Hamilton County with 169, Johnson County with 169 and Hendricks County with 158.
There have been more than 4.1 million COVID-19 tests administered to more than 2.14 million individuals with a 14.9% cumulative positivity rate among unique individuals. Indiana's seven-day positivity rate among unique individuals through Nov. 19 is 20.9%. Among all tests, the cumulative positivity rate is 7.1%, while the seven-day positivity rate is 10.9%.
The state health department said 21.3% of ICU beds and 71.4% 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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