The number of new positive COVID-19 tests statewide eased Monday – though still in record territory.
The number of newly diagnosed Hoosiers stood at 1,581 – the third-highest single day since the beginning of the pandemic.
The state registered its highest count, 1,945, on Saturday, eclipsing the record of 1,832 set one day earlier, according to the Indiana State Department of Health.
Allen County recorded 48 new cases Monday. The county's second- and third-highest single-day numbers occurred last week, when a record 93 cases were reported Friday and 89 cases were reported Saturday.
Allen County reported no new deaths Monday, while the state added six. County's deaths stand at 209, while state has reported 3,568 confirmed deaths and 227 probable deaths based on clinical symptoms.
Other key indicators of the state's epidemic also are increasing. According to the Regenstrief Institute, which tracks Indiana statistics regarding cases and the impact on hospitals, the percentage of positive tests, emergency room visits and admissions to intensive care units are all on the increase statewide. The only measure decreasing is deaths.
In Allen County, hospitalizations and emergency room visits are inconclusive as to whether the virus is becoming more prevalent, the Regenstrief study found. Intensive care unit admissions are decreasing in Allen County.
In DeKalb County, a record 25 new positive tests were reported Monday. The youngest patient was 8 years old and the oldest 79. That brings the total cases to 596. No new deaths were added to 11 already reported.
The previous DeKalb County record for new cases was 19 on Thursday.
At a glance
New COVID-19 cases in area counties (with totals in parentheses):
Adams: 20 (383)
Allen: 48 (7,189)
DeKalb: 25 (624)
Huntington: 6 (330)
Kosciusko: 35 (1,523)
LaGrange: 8 (720)
Noble: 15 (1,017)
Steuben: 9 (510)
Wabash: 5 (321)
Wells: 4 (334)
Whitley: 8 (373)
Sources: Indiana State Department of Health, Allen County Department of Health, DeKalb County Health Department