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Hospitalizations Surpass 2,500 Tuesday For First Time Since Jan. 11

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(CDC/Alissa Eckert, MS)

Monroe County

After not reporting COVID-19 data Monday because of the holiday weekend, Indiana health officials reported 22 new COVID-19 cases Tuesday in the Monroe County area. On Aug. 25, the county recorded 60 new cases –the highest number of new cases in a day since Feb. 3. 

The county reported no new deaths Tuesday. The county’s total number of confirmed deaths since the start of the pandemic is 187.

The county’s seven-day positivity rate is 4.9 percent, down from 5.4 Friday. Monroe County health officials have said that Indiana University students return to Bloomington could lower the county positivity rate because of mitigation testing done. The county has recorded 13,838 positive cases since the pandemic began. 

Read: Returning IU Students Could Be Cause Of Monroe County's Lowered Positivity Rate

Currently, 128 persons are hospitalized with the virus in District 8, which includes Monroe, Brown and Bartholomew counties. Hospitalizations have increased in the area since a low of 12 in July. Last week, the area reached a more than 8 month high for COVID-19 hospitalizations. 

According to the state’s COVID-19 dashboard, hospitalization census data from September 3 to 5 is unavailable because of technical issues. 

Monroe County remains in the yellow advisory. It’s one of only three counties in the state in yellow, and the only one south of I-70. The rest of the state is in the higher orange and red advisory categories. The county is reporting 220 weekly cases per 100,00 residents, a significant increase from 128 previously. 

On September 2, MCCSC reported 13 COVID-19 cases among eight schools. September 3, two were reported: one at Binford Elementary and one among corporation personnel.

Indiana    

The state recorded 2,863 new cases of COVID-19 Tuesday, down from 5,079 Friday. Last week, cases surpassed 4,000 four times.

The Indiana Department of Health has recorded 14,172 total COVID-19 deaths since the pandemic began, up from, 14,121 Friday.

The state also reported 886,461 positive cases since the pandemic began.      

The state reported 2,518 Hoosiers hospitalized with the virus Tuesday, up from 2,443 Friday. Hospitalizations topped 2,000 two weeks ago for the first time since Jan. 24 and have continued to increase. Friday was the first-time hospitalizations exceeded 2,400 since Jan. 15. 

The state’s seven-day positivity rate increased to 11.6 percent Tuesday, up from 11.3 percent Friday. The positivity rate hit a low of 1.9 percent June 22.       

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