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Indiana Sees More COVID-19 Patients In ICUs Than Ever Before

This illustration, created at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), reveals ultrastructural morphology exhibited by coronaviruses. The illness caused by this virus has been named coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).

(CDC/Alissa Eckert, MS)

More COVID-19 patients were being treated in Indiana hospitals’ intensive care units on Thursday than at any other point in the pandemic, state health officials reported Friday.

Indiana hospitals were treating 3,077 COVID-19 patients as of Thursday — a 277% increase since late September, the Indiana State Department of Health said in its daily statistics update. Of those hospitalized, 898 were in intensive care — the largest number Indiana has seen since officials began releasing those counts last spring, early in the pandemic.

More than 78% of Indiana’s ICU beds were in use Thursday, leaving 2,153 beds available.

The health department also added 63 more coronavirus-related deaths to Indiana’s pandemic toll. Indiana has now recorded 5,206 coronavirus deaths, including both those with confirmed and presumed infections.

Monroe County recorded 149 new positive cases Friday, bringing the county's total number of cases to 4,964. Virus deaths in the county are up by two. Monroe County's total deaths are 45.

The new deaths bring the state’s seven-day rolling average of COVID-19 deaths to 43 per day. Indiana had been averaging about 10 daily deaths in late September when the current surge of new infections and hospitalizations began.

The 6,912 new coronavirus infections the health department reported Friday give Indiana more than 45,000 confirmed cases in one week’s time, or about 16% of all such infections since Indiana’s first case was confirmed about 8 1/2 months ago. The state’s moving seven-day average of new infections is about seven times higher than in September, when Gov. Eric Holcomb lifted nearly all business and crowd size restrictions.

Holcomb reinstated crowd limits last week and has appealed for people to abide by the statewide mask mandate as steep increases in COVID-19 patients are straining hospitals around the state.

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