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State hospitalizations dip under 1,800 for first time since Aug. 21

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(CDC/Alissa Eckert, MS)

Monroe County

Monroe County confirmed 47 new COVID-19 cases Friday– the most recorded for the week. It’s up from 25 Thursday, 18 Wednesday, 19 Tuesday and 36 Monday.  

No new deaths were reported, leaving the total at 196.   

The county re-entered the yellow advisory after a month of being placed in the higher-spread orange category. Its seven-day positivity rate dropped to 3.7 percent from 3.8 percent Thursday and from 4.2 percent Wednesday. The county has recorded 14,955 cases since the pandemic began.        

In District 8, which includes Monroe, Brown, and Bartholomew counties, 104 people were hospitalized with COVID-19 Thursday and Friday. It’s down from 107 Wednesday, and up from 99 Tuesday. Hospitalizations hit an eight-month high of 138 Sept. 10 but have been steadily decreasing. 

Monroe County’s weekly cases per 100,000 are down to 144 from 159 previously. This is the second week in a row the rate has decreased, after the county saw steady increases through August and mid-September.  

The Monroe County Community School Corporation reported six COVID-19 cases in the district Wednesday, four of which were not from inside a school building.  

Indiana    

The state recorded 3,595 new COVID-19 cases Friday, up from 2,326 Thursday, and from 2,675 Wednesday. It’s the most cases confirmed this week and the first time daily confirmed cases exceeded 3,000 for the week. The number of positive cases has declined since topping out at more than 5,000 new daily cases more than two weeks ago; it was the most confirmed in Indiana since Jan. 8. 

The Indiana Department of Health announced 29 new COVID deaths, bringing that number to 15,469 since the pandemic began. The state surpassed 14,000 deaths Aug. 30. The state has reported 982,444 COVID-19 cases since the start of the pandemic.  

Hospitalizations in the state dipped under 2,000 for the first time in three weeks Monday, with the number of Hoosiers in the hospital with the virus at 1,861. It was up Tuesday to 1,879 and 1,878 Wednesday. Thursday, the state recorded 1,838 hospitalizations. Friday, the state recorded the lowest number of hospitalizations it’s seen since Aug. 21 – hitting 1,780.

The state’s seven-day positivity rate Thursday is 9.4 percent, the same as Wednesday and Thursday. The positivity rate hit a low of 1.9 percent June 22.   

Other Counties

In Brown County, three new cases were recorded Friday, and the total since the pandemic began was 1,384. That’s up 22 new confirmed cases since last Friday.

No new deaths were confirmed in Brown County this week, keeping the total to 47.

The 7-day positivity rate was 7.7 percent Friday, down from 8.2 percent Oct. 1 and down from 13.5 two weeks ago. Three 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 is up to 185 from 145 last week. It’s down from 192 two weeks ago and up from 159 three weeks ago.

In Vigo County, 103 new COVID-19 cases were recorded Friday. The total since the pandemic began rose to 17,022, which means 276 new COVID-19 cases were confirmed since last Friday.

The 7-day positivity rate was 10.3 percent, down from 11.1 October 1, and down from 11.4 percent two weeks ago.

No new deaths were recorded Friday in the county, and the total since the pandemic began was 295. That’s up six from last week’s total.

Hospitalizations in District 7, which includes Vigo County, decreased to 77 this Friday from 82 October 1. On Sept. 10, the district saw an all-time high in hospitalizations at 126.

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 321. That’s down from last week’s 443 and down from 563 before that.

Lawrence County confirmed 16 new positive cases Friday. The total since the pandemic began was 7,293. That’s up 120 cases from last Friday.

The county’s 7-day positivity rate is 11 percent, down from 12 percent Oct. 1.

No new deaths were confirmed in the county Friday. The total number of deaths since the pandemic began for the county was 166. That’s an increase from 164 last week.

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