INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Nearly all of Indiana remained in the greatest-risk categories for coronavirus spread in Wednesday’s state health department update that also showed a new high for average daily COVID-19 deaths for the state.
Sixteen of the state’s 92 counties were listed in the most dangerous red category in the health department’s weekly tracking map.
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In Northeast Indiana, half of those 16 counties in the red are Allen, Blackford DeKalb, Grant, Jay, LaGrange, Wabash and Whitley.
All but one other county was assigned the next riskiest orange rating.
Those overall county ratings have not improved over the past three weeks as Indiana’s number of COVID-19 deaths and hospitalizations have continued increases to surpass the state’s peaks during the initial surge of cases during the spring.
Gov. Eric Holcomb and health officials were scheduled to hold a Wednesday afternoon briefing on the state’s coronavirus response.
Health officials on Wednesday added 91 confirmed recent COVID-19 deaths and 19 deaths of people with probable coronavirus infections to the statewide toll.
The confirmed deaths for November now total 1,477 — surpassing the previous monthly peak during April by nearly 400 and about double October’s total.
The state’s seven-day rolling average of COVID-19 deaths has reached 60 per day after that average was below 10 a day during July.