Indiana reported more than 3,000 new coronavirus cases for the second straight day Friday as the state’s new COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations continued to surge.
Washington County reported 8 new cases, which brings to 422 the total cases so far.
This is an increase of 149 cases since October 1. Two more days in October remain to be counted – October 30 and 31.
The Indiana State Department of Health also reported 26 newly recorded COVID-19 deaths, raising the state’s pandemic death toll to 4,286, including confirmed and presumed coronavirus infections.
The 3,205 new infections reported Friday came one day after the state agency reported 3,649 new infections. Those cases reported Thursday set a daily high of newly reported cases of COVID-19 and were the first time Indiana had recorded more than 3,000 positive coronavirus cases in one day.
Indiana’s seven-day rolling average for newly confirmed cases also rose to 2,608, according to the health department’s daily update Friday of its coronavirus dashboard. That is the highest level the state has seen during the pandemic and more than triple the seven-day rolling average of 858 newly confirmed cases the agency reported on Sept. 22.
The coronavirus dashboard also showed that 1,662 Hoosiers are currently hospitalized with the coronavirus. That’s down slightly from the 1,733 Hoosiers that Thursday’s update showed were hospitalized — a number that was highest since early April.
More than 70% of Indiana’s ICU beds are also in use, according to the health department. More of Indiana’s ICU beds are now filled than at any other point in the pandemic so far.
Hospitalizations have grown since Republican Gov. Eric Holcomb announced on Sept. 23 his decision to lift nearly all of Indiana’s COVID-19 restrictions while extending the statewide mask mandate.
In Monroe County, the ISDH reported 65 new positive cases, increasing the county total to 3,515. The death toll remained at 38. Monroe County has administered 123,740 tests and has the highest testing rate in the state with 35,671 residents out of every 100,000 residents tested. This helps explain the county’s seven-day positivity rate of 2.4% — one of the lowest in the state.
Despite the county’s low positivity rate, the ISDH scored Monroe County in the “Yellow Zone” because its number of weekly cases per 100 people is 107.
To date, nearly 1.7 million people have been tested for COVID-19 in Indiana, and a total of 175,893 Hoosiers are known to have had the virus.