A day after Indiana set an undesirable record for new COVID-19 cases, it happened again.
The state Saturday reported 1,945 new cases of the virus, eclipsing the previous one-day record of 1,832 set Friday.
Local numbers also remained high, though the 89 new cases reported Saturday by the Allen County Department of Health were fewer than the record 93 set the day before. There were 21 new deaths reported statewide Saturday, but none locally.
Gov. Eric Holcomb moved Indiana two weeks ago to the final stage of Indiana's reopening plan, and that – including an order that Hoosiers wear masks in public settings – is set to expire Saturday.
Asked whether he would consider a move backward and putting in place more restrictions to prevent the spread of the disease caused by the coronavirus, Holcomb spokeswoman Rachel Hoffmeyer noted COVID-19 cases are increasing across the Midwest and referred to statements the governor made to reporters Friday.
Holcomb said he is comfortable with the move to Stage 5, but urged Indiana residents to social distance and wear masks.
“I'm pleading and begging and asking Hoosiers all over the state to do what works,” he said. “So, we want to make sure we're encouraging folks to mask up, practice physical distancing, all those things that we know work and that will draw these numbers down. That's the one thing that we can control and is important that we do.
“We take it day by day and week by week. There are a lot of factors that go into what we do. It's the balance of our lives and our livelihoods.”
The state has confirmed 3,555 COVID-19 deaths so far, and 209 have died in Allen County.
“Another 227 probable deaths have been reported based on clinical diagnoses in patients for whom no positive test is on record,” according to a news release from the Indiana State Department of Health. “Deaths are reported based on when data are received by the state and occurred over multiple days.”
Nearly 1.5 million people in Indiana have been tested, and about 15% of the state's 2,232 ICU beds are being used by COVID-19 patients. More than 78% of ventilators in the state are available, according to state data.
At a glance
New COVID-19 cases in area counties (with totals in parentheses):
Adams: 18 (359)
Allen: 89 (7,054)
DeKalb: 8 (584)
Huntington: 5 (318)
Kosciusko: 32 (1,480)
LaGrange: 13 (704)
Noble: 15 (996)
Steuben: 19 (484)
Wabash: 4 (309)
Wells: 10 (323)
Whitley: 7 (358)
Sources: Indiana State Department of Health, Allen County Department of Health