Indiana coronavirus cases: 2,519 new cases, 27 new deaths reported

Indiana reported 2,519 new cases of the coronavirus Friday and 27 additional deaths, bringing the total number of cases to 157,713 and the total number of deaths to 3,858.

As the number of people hospitalized across the state continues to rise, a greater percentage of intensive care unit beds are filled than at any other point in the pandemic so far, almost 70%.

Hospitals have the ability to shift the number of intensive care unit beds if needed. Currently the state lists only 2,150 ICU beds. At other points in the pandemic, the state has had more than 3,270 beds.

Still, in some areas the limiting factor may be not equipment but staff. With coronavirus spreading across the state, some health care personnel may be contracting the disease not at work but in the community. No matter where they are infected or exposed, however, they have to be off work for at least 10 days.

Where is the coronavirus in Indiana? See confirmed cases of COVID-19 with these maps

Here are some other statistics of note:

  • How many people in Indiana hospitals with COVID-19: 1,548.
  • Intensive care unit bed availability: 30.8% of 2,147 beds. 20.2% of beds are occupied by COVID patients.
  • Ventilator availability: 77.9% of 2,832.
  • State positivity rates (seven-day average rate as of Oct. 16): For all tests performed, 6.9%. For unique individuals, 13%.
  • Average number of deaths a day as of Oct. 16: 21.
  • Regenstrief Institute estimate of how many people are currently infected: 26,889.
  • Counties with more than 50 newly reported cases: Marion (246), Lake (238), Allen (148), St. Joseph (138), Elkhart (136), Vanderburgh (118), Hamilton (96), Porter (84), Tippecanoe (65), Wayne (55), Madison (55), Kosciusko (51).
  • Counties with more than 20 newly reported cases: Johnson (46), Vigo (41), Delaware (39), Hendricks (35), Lawrence (34), Dearborn (31), Henry (30), Clark (30), Marshall (27), Grant (25), Fayette (23), Hancock (23), Miami (23), Jasper (23), Boone (22), Greene (20), Bartholomew (20).
  • Counties with a 10% or higher seven-day positivity rate: DeKalb, LaGrange, Kosciusko, Elkhart, Wells, Grant, Cass, Fountain, Warren, Vermillion, Delaware, Fayette, Rush, Clay, Sullivan, Greene, Ohio, Dearborn, Washington, Daviess, Lawrence, Posey, Dubois.

Contact IndyStar reporter Shari Rudavsky at shari.rudavsky@indystar.com. Follow her on Facebook and on Twitter: @srudavsky.