Thursday's COVID-19 report from the Indiana State Department of showed the state's highest single-day increase of new positive COVID-19 cases yet.
According to ISDH's Thursday update, 2,880 more Indiana residents have tested positive for COVID-19. That brings to 155,246 the total number of Hoosiers known to have contracted the novel coronavirus to date.
Here are the new positive COVID-19 cases reported locally in the state's southwest counties:
- Vanderburgh County: 93 new positive cases (5,767 total)
- Knox County: 35 new positive cases (756 total)
- Warrick County: 29 new positive cases (1,929 total)
- Posey County: 25 new positive cases (714 total)
- Gibson County: 22 new positive cases (871 total)
- Dubois County: 19 new positive cases (1,386 total)
- Daviess County: 18 new positive cases (871 total)
- Spencer County:16 new positive cases (390 total)
- Perry County: 13 new positive cases (310 total)
- Pike County: 1 new positive case (330 total)
Community spread is still apparent in southwest Indiana, with Posey County entering into the state's COVID-19 'Red' Status on Wednesday and the majority of other counties in the region remaining in Orange Status.
While only one new positive case of COVID-19 was reported in Pike County on Thursday, there were three new COVID-19 deaths reported in the county. That brought the total number of Pike County residents known to have died from COVID-19 so far to 18.
Including the deaths reported in Pike County, there were 42 new COVID-19 deaths reported throughout Indiana on Thursday. So far, 3,831 Indiana residents are now confirmed to have died from COVID-19, according to ISDH.
According to state health officials, 2,205 of the state's total COVID-19 deaths have occurred within long-term care facilities throughout the state - or about 58%. That's why Governor Eric Holcomb said Wednesday that new steps were being taken to combat the spread of the virus in those facilities throughout the state, including the implementation of the Indiana National Guard and new provisions of Personal Protective Equipment.
Indiana health officials are closely watching the state's hospitalization rate as it continues to climb. ISDH said that as of Wednesday, there were currently 1,515 Indiana residents hospitalized with COVID-19, an increase of 31 hospitalizations throughout the state from the previous day.