An unparalleled increase of new positive COVID-19 cases was reported in the Hoosier State on Friday.
The Indiana State Department of Health on Friday confirmed 2,328 more Indiana residents to have tested positive for COVID-19. That brought the total number of Hoosiers known to have contracted the virus so far to 143,495.
The state health department did note, however, that "today's total includes approximately 300 cases whose reporting was delayed due to a technical issue over the past few days."
Recently, Vanderburgh County had seen over 100 new positive cases of the virus on multiple occasions - though on Friday, only 58 new positive cases of the virus were reported there.
Dubois County, however, saw its third-largest increase so far on Friday, with 44 new positive cases of the virus being reported there. The Dubois County Health Department had recently said that 'negligence' is causing COVID-19 cases to spike within the county.
There were several new COVID-19 deaths reported in southwest Indiana on Friday. In Daviess County, the local health department reported one new COVID-19 death, bringing the county's COVID-19 death toll to 32.
With one new COVID-19 death reported in Warrick County on Friday, the county's total number of COVID-19 deaths rose to 60. Perry County also saw its 14th total COVID-19 death, after one new death was reported there on Friday as well.
Overall, 22 new COVID-19 deaths were reported throughout the state of Indiana on Friday. That means now, 3,654 total Indiana residents have died from COVID-19, according to ISDH.
ISDH says there are currently 32.2% of ICU beds and 78.3% of ventilators available throughout the state.
After hospitalization rates in the state had peaked in April, the state health department shows them to have hit their lowest point in late June.
Since then, ISDH shows that from September's lowest point of 751 hospitalizations throughout the state, COVID-19 hospitalizations have nearly doubled as of Oct. 15, with 1,311 total hospitalizations shown, causing some concern among Hoosier health officials.