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District 7, which includes Vigo County, counts lowest hospitalizations since Aug. 22

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(CDC/Alissa Eckert, MS)

Monroe County       

Monroe County confirmed 45 new COVID-19 cases Friday, up one from 44 on Thursday and 23 on Wednesday. Last week, the high was 50 cases Thursday. 

The county confirmed no new deaths Thursday, keeping the total at 196.  

The county is still in the orange advisory, which it has been for the past three weeks. Its 7-day positivity rate decreased to 4.7 percent from 4.8 percent Thursday. The county has recorded 14,770 cases since the pandemic began.       

In District 8, which includes Monroe, Brown, and Bartholomew counties, 100 people were hospitalized with COVID-19. That’s up from 98 on Thursday and 97 on Wednesday. Hospitalizations increased in the area from a low of 12 in July but dropped in recent weeks from a more-than-8-month high of 138 on Sept. 10. Monday was the first time hospitalizations were lower than 100 since Aug. 23.    

Monroe County’s weekly cases per 100,000 were down to 159. Last week, the county reported 204 per 100,000. It was the first time in three weeks cases per 100,000 have gone down.  

The Monroe County Community School Corp. reported five COVID-19 cases in the district Sept. 28. 

Indiana   

The state recorded  3,218 new COVID-19 cases Friday, down from 3,482 on Thursday. That’s up from 2,888 on Wednesday and 2,378 on Tuesday. Last week, the state recorded more than 3,000 cases but fewer than 4,000 on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. The week before, the state recorded more than 4,000 but fewer than 5,000 cases Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday. Three weeks ago, the state reported 5,476 cases, the most confirmed in Indiana in a day since Jan. 8.     

The Indiana Department of Health confirmed 28 new COVID deaths Friday, bringing the total to 15,193 since the pandemic began. The state first surpassed 14,000 deaths over a month ago, on Aug. 30. The state has reported 965,982 COVID-19 cases since the start of the pandemic. 

The state reported 2,007 Hoosiers were hospitalized with the virus Friday, down from 2,055 on Thursday, and from 2,129 on Wednesday. Hospitalizations topped 2,000 three weeks ago for the first time since Jan. 24 and have not dipped below since. Two weeks ago marked the most hospitalizations since Jan. 7, when they exceeded 2,700. But last week, the state saw a week-long decline in COVID-19 hospitalizations, the first since January. Monday was the first time the state’s hospitalizations have gone below 2,200 since Aug. 31. Friday was the lowest hospitalizations have been since Aug. 23 when they were more than 1,900.

The state’s 7-day positivity rate was 9.7 percent Friday, down from 9.8 percent Wednesday and Thursday. The positivity rate hit a low of 1.9 percent June 22.   

Other Counties

In Brown County, two new case were recorded Friday, and the total since the pandemic began was 1,384. That’s up 26 new confirmed cases since last Friday.

One new death was confirmed in Brown County this week, bringing the total to 47.

The 7-day positivity rate was 8.2 percent Oct. 1, down from 13.5 percent last Friday. Two weeks ago, Sept. 17, it was 10.4 percent.

The county is in the orange ranking on the state map, indicating lower levels of COVID-19 than its red ranking three weeks ago. The county’s COVID-19 rate per 100,000 was 145 – down from 192 last week and 159 the week before.

In Vigo County, 81 new COVID-19 cases were recorded Friday. The total since the pandemic began rose to 16,746, which means 444 new COVID-19 cases were confirmed since last Friday.

The 7-day positivity rate was 11.1 percent, down from 11.4 percent last Friday and 13.1 percent the Friday before that.

One new death was recorded Friday in the county, and the total since the pandemic began was 289. Last Friday, the total number of deaths was 285.

Hospitalizations in District 7, which includes Vigo County, decreased to 82 this Friday from 90 last week. Two weeks ago, hospitalizations for District 7 were at 105. On Sept. 10, the district saw an all-time high in hospitalizations at 126. Friday was the lowest hospitalizations have been since Aug. 22.

Vigo County was ranked orange on the county map, indicating a higher level of transmission in the area. Weekly cases per 100,000 residents were at 443, down from 563 last week and 553 three weeks ago.

Lawrence County confirmed 15 new positive cases Friday. The total since the pandemic began was 7,173. That’s up 147 from last Friday’s 7,026.

The county’s 7-day positivity rate is 12 percent, up from 11.7 percent seven days ago.

Three new deaths were confirmed in the county Friday. The total number of deaths since the pandemic began for the county was 164. That’s an increase from 153 last week.

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