Daily COVID-19 updates, impact in Indiana as surge continues

Indiana like many other states are asking people to limit gatherings and avoid traveling.

INDIANA, USA — This is blog contains daily updates on COVID-19 information for Indiana. The Indiana State Department of Health gives daily updates at noon. Gov. Eric Holcomb and other state officials provide more context every Wednesday at 2:30 p.m. 

Friday, November 27

The Indiana State Department of Health is reporting 5,700 more cases and 33 more deaths from COVID-19. That puts Indiana at a total of 324,537 positive cases and 5,328 deaths since the coronavirus outbreak started.

Thursday, November 26

The Indiana State Department of Health announced 6,434 new cases and 63 additional deaths Thursday. Indiana’s 7-day positivity rate sits at 10.9%.

Wednesday, November 25

State health officials reported more than 6,000 new COVID-19 cases Wednesday. The Indiana State Department of Health announced 6,059 new cases and 63 additional deaths.

In total, Indiana has had 312,521 cases and 5,232 deaths. More than 4 million total tests have been administered since the start of the pandemic.

Around 21% ICU beds are currently available, with more than 43% in use by COVID-19 patients. There are 2,709 people in the hospital with COVID-19, continuing a surge that began in October.

Tuesday, November 24

The Indiana State Department of Health reports 5,702 new cases and 103 more deaths from COVID-19. That puts the state at a total of 306,538 positive cases and 5,169 deaths. The newly reported deaths date back to Oct. 30. An additional 266 deaths are considered probable deaths — those where doctors believe COVID-19  played a role in the death, but the patient didn’t have a positive COVID-19 test on file.

Overall, 3,976,683 tests have been administered to 2,107,744 unique individuals since the start of the pandemic.

The positivity rate for Nov. 11-17 was 11.4 percent for all tests and 22 percent for unique individuals. The cumulative positivity rate since the start of the pandemic is 7.1 percent for all tests and 14.5 percent for unique individuals.

Hospitalizations continue to show a steep increase. Monday, Indiana set another record for most hospitalized COVID-19 patients on a given day, with 3,279. More than 42 percent of the state’s ICU beds are being used by COVID-19 patients. There are 24.4 percent of ICU beds still available.

Monday, November 23

The Indiana State Department of Health reports 5,606 new cases. Indiana has now recorded  300,000 cases now since the pandemic began. 

State officials are also reporting 27 more deaths, pushing the state total to 5,067.

With Thanksgiving just around the corner, public health officials in Indiana like many other states are asking people to limit gatherings and avoid traveling.

Holiday guidance

The state suggests people avoid travel and not celebrate Thanksgiving as a large group. 

  • Visit someone at a long-term care facility from outside or virtually.
  • Decrease exposures by avoiding indoor activities as much as possible.
  • Wear a mask at all times – even indoors.
  • Wash your hands frequently. 
  • Physically distance as much as possible.
  • Screen anyone planning to attend.
  • Clean surfaces, especially common surfaces, frequently.

Firefighters association asks governors for first access to vaccines

The International Association of Firefighters has asked the National Governors Association for early access to any distributions of a COVID-19 vaccine.

In a letter dated Nov. 19 to the NGA, the IAFF requested governors to “include firefighters and emergency medical responders on the highest priority tier in your state’s COVID-19 vaccine distribution plan.”

The letter cited statistics for first responder exposure to COVID-19 during the pandemic.

  • More than 30,000 firefighters with known exposures to COVID-19 on duty
  • 17,000 required to quarantine or isolate
  • 150 professional firefighters have hospitalized upon contracting the virus
  • At least 19 have died

By providing early vaccinations to first responders, the IAFF reasoned local governments will save money as absenteeism will drop and public safety will increase.

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