The Journal Gazette
Sunday, November 15, 2020 1:00 am

8,451 cases in day a new high for state

Staff, news services

INDIANAPOLIS – Indiana health officials reported nearly 8,500 newly confirmed COVID-19 infections Saturday, a new single-day high that is 28% more than the previous high set two days earlier.

The soaring number of infections come as most of the state will fall under a new governor's order beginning today, reinstating limits on crowd sizes after weeks of steep increases in coronavirus-related deaths and hospitalizations.

The state health department Saturday also recorded 25 more COVID-19 deaths, pushing the state's total fatalities since March to 4,888, including confirmed and presumed coronavirus infections.

The 8,451 new infections reported Saturday blew past the some 6,600 state health officials announced Thursday in what was the first time daily reported infections had topped 6,000. The state's moving seven-day average of new infections is nearly seven times higher than in September when Gov. Eric Holcomb lifted nearly all business and crowd size restrictions.

Indiana hospitals were treating 2,634 COVID-19 patients as of Friday, the most at any point during the pandemic and a 250% increase since late September.

Holcomb's new order limits crowd sizes to 25 people in the highest-risk red counties under the state's assessment map and 50 people in the next-riskiest orange counties, with larger events needing approval from health officials. The state health department's latest assessment places 87 of the state's 92 counties in those categories.

Another two Allen County residents died and 613 tested positive for COVID-19, with 430 confirmed PCR cases and 183 probable antigen cases, bringing the total to 13,810 cases and 264 deaths Saturday, according to the Allen County Department of Health.

The Allen County case count now includes a total of 2,266 probable cases from antigen tests reported since July 28.

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