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Indiana COVID-19 hospitalizations continue to climb

INDIANA COVID DISTRICT 3 11 17 2020

INDIANAPOLIS (WPTA21) - The Indiana State Department of Health reported 5,541 new cases of COVID-19 and 84 additional deaths Tuesday.

While all of the new cases and fatalities were reported in the past 24 hours, the new positive tests occurred between Oct. 31 and Nov. 16, while the new deaths occurred between Oct. 22 and Nov. 16.

Indiana now reports more than 262,000 infections and the death toll increased to 4,770.

The state's 7-day positivity rate increased to 12 percent.

Indiana continues to smash records for hospitalizations. State health officials say Indiana’s hospitals were treating the largest number of COVID-19 patients since the state began releasing public reports on coronavirus hospitalizations last spring.

The state's color-coded COVID-19 map is expected to update on Wednesday with the newest scores.

Indiana's online COVID-19 dashboard has a color-coded grade for each county based on the 7-day positivity rate for all tests and weekly cases per 100,000 residents.

Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb said counties in the "orange" zone are limited to gatherings of 50 people or less, and those counties in the "red" zone are restricted to gatherings of 25 people or less.

Allen County is one of 87 counties in the orange, and Health Commissioner Dr. Matthew Sutter said the county will go red on Wednesday.

Dr. Sutter announced new restrictions coming to Allen County that will cap gatherings and put capacity limits on bars and restaurants.

On Tuesday, 9 more Allen County residents lost their lives to the novel coronavirus and 304 others now have infections.

Allen County now has a total of 14,889 confirmed positive cases and 273 deaths.

The Regenstrief Institute estimates as many as 153,381 Hoosiers recovered from the virus.

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Kayla Crandall

Kayla Crandall is an Emmy award-winning journalist. She serves as the Social Media and Digital Content Manager at WPTA. Follow her on Twitter @KaylerJayne.

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