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Indiana Reports Record-Breaking Number of 3,649 New Positive COVID-19 Cases

The Indiana State Department of Health said Thursday that 3,649 more Hoosiers had tested positive for COVID-19, shattering the state's previous one-day record of new positive cases.

Posted: Oct 29, 2020 11:15 AM
Updated: Oct 29, 2020 3:49 PM

According to the Indiana State Department of Health's Thursday COVID-19 update, 3,649 more Indiana residents have tested positive for COVID-19.

Thursday's report of 3,649 new positive cases throughout the state obliterated the state's previous one-day record. According to state data, the previous highest record number of new positive cases reported in one day was on Oct. 21, with 2,820 new positive cases being reported throughout the state.

So far, 172,730 total Indiana residents have now tested positive for COVID-19.

Statewide on Thursday, there were also 33 new COVID-19 deaths reported. ISDH says 4,024 Indiana residents have now died from COVID-19 in total.

The spread of the novel coronavirus continues to impact Indiana's southwesternmost counties. Overall, five local counties saw new COVID-19 deaths on Thursday.

In Vanderburgh County, 137 new positive cases of the virus were reported - as were two new COVID-19 deaths. That brought the county's total number of identified positive COVID-19 cases to 6,405, and its total number of COVID-19 deaths to 72.

Link: Free COVID-19 Testing in Downtown Evansville Extended Through November

In Posey County, 22 new positive cases of the virus were reported, as was one new COVID-19 death.

Related: New COVID-19 Executive Order Goes Into Effect for Posey County

One new COVID-19 death was also reported in Warrick County, and one new COVID-19 death was reported in Dubois County. Knox County saw a high day of new positive COVID-19 cases with 31 new positive cases being reported there.

As the virus continues to spread in Gibson County, with 15 new positive cases reported there on Thursday, health officials are cracking down on businesses in the area that aren't complying with Governor Eric Holcomb's statewide mask mandate.

While no vaccination for the virus is available as of now, Indiana State Health Commissioner Dr. Kristina Box said Wednesday that the Hoosier State expects to see its first shipment of vaccine doses as early as late-November.

More information on COVID-19 in Indiana can be found on the ISDH COVID-19 Dashboard, which is updated daily.

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