Knox County Reports Highest One-Day Increase of New COVID-19 Cases to Date

The number of new positive cases of COVID-19 reported in Knox County on Thursday, Aug. 20, is three times as many as the county's previous highest one-day increase.

Posted: Aug 20, 2020 12:26 PM
Updated: Aug 20, 2020 4:08 PM

On Thursday, 40 new positive cases of COVID-19 were confirmed in Knox County by local health officials.

The previous highest single-day increase of new positive coronavirus cases in Knox County was 13, according to the state health department's records - essentially one third as many new cases as those reported on Thursday.

Knox County Health Officer Dr. Alan Stewart says the recent surge in new COVID-19 cases in the county is the result of a blanket testing within a long-term care facility but stresses many of those positive patients are asymptomatic.

"We have a pandemic going on and in our community, the numbers are getting worse. We all have to participate to make it better. Without all of us doing our share... It's simply not going to work," said Dr. Stewart.

251 total Knox County residents have contracted COVID-19 to date, and with 3,555 total Knox County residents having been tested for coronavirus so far, a positivity rate of 7.03% is seen within the county.

So far, three Knox County residents have died from COVID-19, with all three of the county's deaths being reported in close succession. The county's first coronavirus death was reported on Aug. 12, with the second being reported on Aug. 14. The county's third COVID-19 death was then reported just one day later, on Aug. 15.

While no new COVID-19 deaths were reported in Knox County on Thursday, Indiana's Dubois County reported that two county residents had passed away due to the virus, totaling 16 COVID-19 deaths in Dubois County to date.

For the most part, Vanderburgh County has remained in the limelight of the Tri-State's coronavirus increases, but on Thursday, only 12 new positive cases of COVID-19 were reported there.

Indiana's Statewide COVID-19 Numbers

Throughout the state of Indiana on Thursday, the Indiana State Department of Health reported 955 new positive cases of COVID-19.

In total, 83,277 Indiana residents are now confirmed to have tested positive for the novel coronavirus to date.

With 945,471 total individual Indiana residents tested for the virus so far, the state's positive rate is 8.8%.

ISDH also confirmed 11 new COVID-19 deaths on Thursday. To date, 2,979 total Hoosiers are confirmed to have died from the virus.

According to ISDH, as of Thursday, 34.2% of ICU beds and 81% of ventilators were available in hospitals throughout the state of Indiana.

A full update on COVID-19 in Indiana by ISDH can be found by clicking here and will be updated daily.

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