The Journal Gazette
Wednesday, October 07, 2020 1:00 am

State adds 30 deaths; cases grow

Associated Press

INDIANAPOLIS – State health officials reported Tuesday that 30 more Hoosiers have died from COVID-19 as Indiana's seven-day rolling average of new cases of the respiratory disease continued growing at record levels.

The newly recorded deaths raise Indiana's death toll to 3,711, including confirmed and presumed coronavirus cases, according to the Indiana State Department of Health. That's an increase of 99 deaths from coronavirus-related illnesses in the past week.

The state agency's coronavirus dashboard shows that two of Indiana's 30 newly reported COVID-19 deaths occurred Sept. 26, raising that day's total to 21 deaths. That's the largest single-day tally of COVID-19 deaths since 23 deaths occurred June 18.

The department also reported 990 new COVID-19 infections, pushing Indiana's seven-day average to 1,131 through Monday – a record for the state.

That rolling average has grown nearly 26% since Sept. 28. Nearly 127,000 Hoosiers have been diagnosed with COVID-19 since the start of the pandemic.

Meanwhile, state statistics show that Indiana hospitals were treating 1,138 COVID-19 patients Monday – the largest number since late May and the 11th straight day that hospitalizations have topped 900. The increases come as health experts say it could be weeks before the state sees any possible impact from Republican Gov. Eric Holcomb's decision to lift most of Indiana's restrictions on businesses and crowd sizes as of Sept. 26 while continuing the statewide mask mandate.

Democratic governor candidate Woody Myers, a physician and former state health commissioner, has said that Holcomb's easing those precautions “was a huge mistake.”

State health officials will deliver their weekly coronavirus briefing today with other state officials.

At a glance

New COVID-19 cases in area counties (with totals in parentheses):

Adams: 12 (317)

Allen: 46 (6,726)

DeKalb: 8 (558)

Huntington: 9 (299)

Kosciusko: 11 (1,374)

LaGrange: 2 (670)

Noble: 3 (957)

Steuben: 2 (433)

Wabash: 1 (290)

Wells: 6 (288)

Whitley: 2 (322)

Sources: Indiana State Department of Health, Allen County Department of Health, DeKalb County Health Department


Indiana chief justice recovering

Indiana Supreme Court Chief Justice Loretta Rush recently tested negative for COVID-19. She learned Sept. 13 she had tested positive for the coronavirus. Kathryn Dolan, Indiana Supreme Court chief public information officer, said Rush is continuing to work remotely. On Sept. 24, she joined her colleagues for a 9 a.m. remote oral argument and made very brief remarks related to her recovery. She is under the care of a doctor and is grateful to be on a continued path of recovery, Dolan said.

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