INDIANA (WPTA21) - The Indiana State Department of Health is reporting nearly 2,000 new cases of COVID-19 Thursday.
Indiana's online COVID-19 dashboard shows 1,962 new cases of the virus and 23 new deaths.
That's the highest number of newly-reported daily cases since the state began keeping track at the beginning of the pandemic in March.
The new positive cases were recorded between Oct. 11 and Oct. 14, while the new deaths occurred between Sept. 27 and Oct. 14.
Health officials noted in Wednesday's COVID-19 briefing that there has been a technical issue this week for manual data being entered into the system.
In Allen County, local officials said 87 more residents tested positive for the virus.
The state's 7-day positivity rate for all tests increased from 5.3 percent to 5.4 percent Thursday.
Health officials said the recent trend in more COVID-19 hospitalizations should be concerning to Hoosiers, and recommended people continue to wash their hands, social distance and wear masks.
Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb extended the state's statewide mandate through next month.
He also kept the same "stage 5" restrictions for the state until Nov. 14.
To date, 1,521,402 unique individuals have been tested in Indiana, up from 1,511,060 on Wednesday. A total of 2,420,865 tests, including repeat tests for unique individuals, have been reported to the state Department of Health since Feb. 26.
The Regenstrief Institute estimates 105,594 Hoosiers recovered from the virus.
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