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Monroe County sets single day record for new COVID-19 cases, moves into red advisory

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(Provided by IU Health)

Monroe County announced a record 352 new positive cases of COVID-19 Wednesday. That’s the most ever in the pandemic and helped push the county into the red advisory level. 

Along with, aside from 11 counties, the rest of the state. 

“It’s not a surprise, but it’s a sad occurrence,” said Penny Caudill, the Monroe County Health Administrator. 

The county’s weekly cases per 100,000 jumped from 230 last week to 1,081 Wednesday. The county’s rate positivity has climbed to 20.6 percent.

State-wide one in four people tested for COVID-19 are testing positive. And that number is likely low. 

“Those are the ones that are testing in clinics and sites,” Caudill said. “So, it doesn’t account for those who may be doing home tests or who aren’t able to get a test at this time.” 

Caudill said patience is the key for those trying to get tested.  

“With this amount of transmission, testing sites are understandably overwhelmed,” she said. “Turnaround times are rising and securing testing can be difficult.” 

She said the testing site at Gravity Diagnostics on Curry Pike was so busy Tuesday access was closed off at 2 p.m., two hours earlier than scheduled. 

She said the county has requested and expects to receive soon another mobile testing site from the Indiana Department of Health. 

The county is closing in on 21,000 positive cases since the pandemic began. No new deaths were reported, leaving the county’s total deaths at 238.

Hospitalizations in District 8, which includes Monroe, Brown and Bartholomew counties, dropped to 128 from 135 on Tuesday. Just over 42 percent of the ICU beds in the district are occupied by COVID-19 patients, and only 7.7 percent of ICU beds in the district are available.

Statewide

The state recorded 15,091 new cases, just under the record set last Thursday.

Almost 1.4 million people in the state have tested positive for the virus, and the state’s seven-day positivity rate is now 27.8 percent.

The state added 125 new deaths, bringing the state total to 19,319 deaths,

There are 3,467 Hoosiers hospitalized with the virus, the highest number since the pandemic began, breaking the 3,467 recorded Tuesday.

Only 8.9 percent of the ICU beds in the state are available. 

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