The state of Indiana once again exceeded 5,000 cases, with 5,156 new COVID-19 cases reported and a new record. The state also added 31 deaths, of which only one died last week.

The weekly update of the county metric map also provides a more obscure picture of the virus spread. Now, there are 9 counties in red indicating the highest degree of transmission. Now, all but five counties are orange, spreading to the second highest level. No county is blue, which indicates that the state has a medium to high community distribution.

The 9 red counties are: Clay, Decatur, Fayette, Fangquan, La Grange, Newton, Perry, Union and Warren. This is the third consecutive week that Fayette has been shown in red on the state̵

7;s indicator map, aiming to capture the most active location of the virus.

Crawford, Fulton, Monroe, Putnam and Switzerland are the only yellow counties, indicating a moderate degree of community transmission.

Explanation: One way to reduce the positive rate is to conduct more tests

As the number of inpatients continues to climb to more than 2500, more than any other point in the pandemic, hospitals across the state now report that only more than 25% of intensive care unit beds are open. Now, one-third of ICU beds are occupied by the highest proportion of COVID-19 patients.

Last Friday, 276 people were admitted to state hospitals with COVID-19 symptoms-this number is considered preliminary. The previous record for the highest number of hospitalizations occurred on March 30, when 194 people were admitted to hospitals in the state.

There are more than 700 new cases in Marion County, the highest to date. Now, the average positive rate of 7 days in Marion County and neighboring Hamilton County is above 10%.

Here are some other statistics:

  • How many people are in Indiana hospitals with COVID-19: 2,544.
  • Availability of beds in the intensive care unit: 26.3% of the 2,162 beds. COVID patients account for 30% of the beds.
  • Ventilator availability: 77% of 2,812.
  • State positive rate (7 days as of November 4): 10.3% for all tests performed. For unique individuals, it is 19.9%.
  • As of November 4, the average number of deaths per day: 35.
  • The Regenstrief Institute estimates how many people are currently infected: 55,386.
  • Counties with more than 50 newly reported cases: Marion (726), Allen (415), Lake (382), Bigo (259), St. Joseph (228), Elkhart (218), Hamilton ( 201), Porter (186), Vanderbilt (146), Kosciuszko (117), Johnson (98), Tipicano (98), Marshall (83), Laporte (70), Clark ( 67), Hancock (65), Madison (64), Hendricks (57), Adams (53), Warwick (52), Wayne (51), Boone (50).
  • Counties with more than 20 new reported cases: Bartholomew (47), Floyd (44), Morgan (44), Howard (41), Wabash (40), Knox (39), Jackson ( 39), Wells (39), Wells (39), Whitley (38), Randolph (37), White (36), Du Bois (35), DeKalb (34), Delaware (32), Noble (32), Montgomery (31), Jefferson (31), Gibson (30), Huntington (29), Shelby (28), Grant (28), Henry (27) , Steuben (27), Monroe (26), Stark (26), Dearborn (25), Clay (25), Lawrence (24), Sullivan (24), Ripley ( 24), Decatur (24), Miami (23), La Grange (23), Fulton (22), Parker (21), Clinton (21), Spencer (20).
  • Counties with a 7-day positive rate of 10% or higher: DeKalb, La Grange, Stubben, Noble, Kosciuszko, Elkhart, Allen, Whitley, Laporte , Porter, Lake, Jasper, Newton, White, Stark, Cass, Wells, Grant, Tipton, Fountain, Warren, Parker, Madison, Hamilton, Marion, Johnson, Fayer Special, Union, Franklin, Shelby, Dearborn, Decatur, Ohio, Irving, Vigo, Sullivan, Clay, Green, Ripley, Jennings, Jackson, Lawrence, Davis, Martin , Washington, Clark, Freud, Dubois, Crawford, Perry, Spencer, Posey.

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