NewsHealth / December 20, 2020

Indiana Reports 1,000 Dead In 11 Days, Surpasses 7,000 Confirmed COVID-19 Deaths

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A health care worker at the Sister Maura Brannick CSC Health Center in South Bend puts out a sign directing people where to get tested for COVID-19.  - Justin Hicks/IPB News

A health care worker at the Sister Maura Brannick CSC Health Center in South Bend puts out a sign directing people where to get tested for COVID-19.

Justin Hicks/IPB News

Indiana reported 1,000 new confirmed COVID-19 deaths in just 11 days, driving the state’s total above 7,000 deaths on Saturday. 

More than 52 percent of the state’s total deaths have been reported since Indiana moved to Stage 5 of its reopening plan on Sept. 26.

State health officials say there are an additional 334 suspected COVID-19 deaths – where a test wasn’t administered but health care professionals believe the person had the virus. 

The rate of newly reported deaths has continued its exponential climb in the last several weeks. Indiana averaged 11 deaths per day in September, 24 in October, growing to 53 in November – in just the first two weeks of December, the state has averaged 71 deaths.

With Sunday’s new data from ISDH, Dec. 11 set a new grim record with 89 Hoosiers dying from COVID-19 on that day. April’s single day record was 50. 

Four Indiana counties reported more than 40 deaths in the last 11 days – Marion, Allen, Lake, and Hamilton counties. 

ISDH has reported 575 deaths in just the last week. 

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

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