August 20, 2021

Indiana Surpasses 4,000 New COVID-19 Cases In Return To Late-January Metrics

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In the last seven days, Indiana has reported more than 20,000 new cases. - Lauren Chapman/IPB News

In the last seven days, Indiana has reported more than 20,000 new cases.

Lauren Chapman/IPB News

The Indiana Department of Health reported more than 4,000 new COVID-19 cases Friday, crossing yet another milestone in its late summer surge. This is the first time cases have been this high since the vaccine rollout began in January.

As recently as June, daily cases reached a pandemic-low average – just 282 cases per day. July’s daily average climbed to more than 600 per day. So far in August, Indiana has averaged more than 2,900 new cases per day. 

In the last seven days, Indiana has reported more than 20,000 new cases.

Newton, Blackford and Lagrange counties reported the fewest new cases this week – all with fewer than 30 new cases. Important to note, Newton and Pulaski reported fewer than 10 new cases last week. 

Seven counties reported more than 500 new cases: Lake, Hamilton, Vanderburgh, Johnson, Clark, Allen as well as Marion County – which reported more than 2,600. 

When adjusting for population, four counties reported more than 80 new cases per 10,000 residents: Huntington, Knox and Orange. 

Based on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s definition of community spread, all Indiana counties are experiencing substantial or high transmission.

READ MORE: Indiana Records Highest Single-Day COVID-19 Cases Since First Full Vaccination


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

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

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