Throughout Indiana on Thursday, there were 1,488 new positive cases of COVID-19 confirmed by the Indiana State Department of Health - the highest one-day increase of new positive cases reported throughout the state so far, with the state's previous highest single-day increase of 1,472 new positive cases being reported on Sept. 17.
Southwest Indiana saw its fair share of the new positive cases reported on Thursday.
82 new positive cases of the virus were reported in Vanderburgh County, where one new COVID-19 death was also reported. That brought the total number of Vanderburgh County residents known to have tested positive for COVID-19 to 4,526, and the total number of COVID-19 deaths in the county to 37.
Officials in Vanderburgh County have continued to stress the importance of COVID-19 countermeasures, such as Evansville's mayor, who called the recent surge in new positive cases a "wake up call."
In Pike County, nine new positive cases of COVID-19 were reported on Thursday, in addition to two new COVID-19 deaths. Six Pike County residents are now confirmed to have died from COVID-19, while 255 of the county's residents are confirmed to have tested positive for the potentially deadly virus.
Pike County recently entered into the state health department's COVID-19 'Red' risk level as the only county throughout the state in that classification.
Overall, ISDH reported 16 new COVID-19 deaths throughout the Hoosier State on Thursday. They say 3,515 total Indiana residents have now died from COVID-19.
For more information on COVID-19 in Indiana, you can visit ISDH's COVID-19 Dashboard, which is updated with new information daily.