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Indiana's COVID-19 Hospitalizations Rise, Filling ICU Beds

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)

Indiana has reported the state’s third-highest single-day total of new coronavirus infections as the number of people hospitalized with COVID-19 across the state continues to rise.

The 2,519 new infections reported by the Indiana State Department of Health on Friday fell short of the 2,880 new infections the agency reported Thursday, which was a daily high of newly reported cases in Indiana.

The department’s daily update of its coronavirus dashboard also showed a higher percentage of Indiana’s ICU beds are filled than at any other point in the pandemic so far. Almost 70% of beds are in use, with more than 20% of all beds being occupied by COVID patients.

Monroe County's case count rose by 10 to 3,266, while the county's coronavirus death toll remained at 38. 

The county's positivity rate last week was 3.7%, which was up 2% from the prior week. Lawrence, Brown, and Owen counties also saw significant increases in positivity rates.

READ MORE: Fall Tourists Pack Shops In Brown County Despite Rise In Virus Cases

Officials are concerned positivity rates may rise after Saturday, when Indiana University's football team plays Penn State and fans head to bars to watch the game. 

For the latest news and resources about COVID-19, bookmark our Coronavirus In Indiana page here

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