On Saturday the Indiana State Department of Health reported 8,451 new COVID-19 cases, breaking the previous record of 6,654 reported Thursday.
The state also reported 25 additional deaths.
Indiana is now over 244,000 total cases, and 4,638 Hoosiers have died since the pandemic began.
This is the seventh time Indiana has broken its record for the most cases reported in a single day since Nov. 4. Reported numbers include cases from previous days, and daily totals are adjusted over time.
More than 2,600 COVID-19 patients are hospitalized in Indiana, according to health department data. That’s about 600 more than a week ago.
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As hospitalizations increase, 23.5% of the state’s intensive care unit beds are available. COVID-19 patients are using 32.2% of the beds and 8.1% of the state’s ventilators. 75.3% of the state’s ventilators are available.
The state’s seven-day average positivity rate for all tests is 10.9%. That’s the highest it has been since May 7.
The number of tests administered has also risen. However, high positivity rates may signal not enough people are being tested, as the more people are tested, the more likely the positivity rate will drop.
Indiana, Indianapolis add restrictions
The worsening numbers are reflected on the state’s color-coded map that shows how the virus is spreading in each county. As of its most recent update on Wednesday, not one of Indiana’s 92 counties was showing minimal virus spread.
That same day, Gov. Eric Holcomb announced the state would use that map to implement new restrictions. Beginning Sunday, counties with the worst spread of the virus — categorized as orange and red — will face new limits on social gatherings.
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All of Central Indiana is orange and will have a limit of 50 people per gathering.
The next day, Indianapolis Mayor Joe Hogsett announced additional restrictions for Marion County. He added a 25% capacity limit to bars, entertainment venues, gyms and more. Restaurants and libraries were among establishments dropped to 50% capacity, with no more than six people seated at a table.
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