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Indiana Tops 2,000 New COVID-19 Cases For First Time Since April

Lauren Chapman
IPB News

The Indiana Department of Health reported more than 2,000 new COVID-19 cases Friday. That comes as cases – and hospitalizations – have continued to grow in the last several weeks. 

This is the first time the state has surpassed 2,000 new COVID-19 cases in a day since April 16.

June’s daily cases reached a pandemic-low average – just 284 cases per day. July’s daily average climbed to more than 600 per day. This week, Indiana has averaged more than 1,400 new cases per day. 

For the first time since early February, Indiana surpassed more than 10,000 cases reported in a single week. 

Ohio and Union counties reported the fewest new cases this week – just seven each. And 11 counties reported more than 200 new cases, with Marion County reporting more than 1,400. 

When adjusting for population, four counties reported more than 30 new cases per 10,000 residents: Huntington, DeKalb, Jefferson and Scott. 

Based on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s definition of community spread, only one county – LaGrange County – is not experiencing substantial or high transmission.

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Hospitalizations have also surged. Indiana reported a pandemic-low hospital census on July 3, but hospitalizations have nearly tripled in the last month.

And IDOH reports the vast majority of sampled cases are the more infectious delta variant – at more than 85 percent.

Contact Lauren at lchapman@wfyi.org or follow her on Twitter at @laurenechapman_.