The Journal Gazette
Saturday, October 17, 2020 1:00 am

State, county see record numbers

NIKI KELLY | The Journal Gazette

INDIANAPOLIS – Indiana broke another milestone Friday – reporting 2,328 new COVID-19 cases. Allen County also broke a record.

Even discounting about 300 cases that were added late due to a technical error, Indiana still broke the 2,000 mark for the first time and set a one-day record.

Gov. Eric Holcomb's office declined comment – pointing to statements from Wednesday in which he urged Hoosiers to wear their masks and socially distance. He declined to impose new restrictions on the state.

The Indiana State Department of Health also announced 22 new deaths for a total of 3,654 statewide.

Two more Allen County residents died for a total of 211. And 138 Allen County residents tested positive for COVID-19 –  a daily record for new cases in the county.

The state's 7-day rolling positivity rate continues to rise – now at 5.8%. It was under 4% just a month ago. State Health Commissioner Dr. Kristina Box – who is isolating at home with COVID-19 – has said a rate below 5% means a low risk of community spread.

The number of Hoosiers hospitalized with COVID-19 dropped slightly from 1,357 on Tuesday to 1,311 on Thursday. Those numbers are still hundreds higher than the lowest reached in June of 595. The peak was 1,799 in April.

Ohio officials said people traveling from Indiana are being asked to quarantine for 14 days. Chicago is requiring a quarantine.

At a glance

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

Adams: 18 (432)

Allen: 138 (7,578)

DeKalb: 6 (643)

Huntington: 5 (353)

Koscisuko: 54 (1,620)

LaGrange: 4 (748)

Noble: 18 (1,074)

Steuben: 15 (558)

Wabash: 6 (350)

Wells: 9 (392)

Whitley: 12 (404)

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

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