Indiana hits record level of new coronavirus infections on Oct. 9

The higher infection numbers come two weeks after Republican Gov. Eric Holcomb decided to lift most statewide precaution rules while keeping a face mask mandate in place.

Posted: Oct 9, 2020 9:31 PM

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Republican Gov. Eric Holcomb said he’s still comfortable lifting COVID-19 restrictions in Indiana after health officials on Friday reported a record-high day of new infections in the state.

The Indiana State Department of Health announced that 1,832 more Hoosiers have tested positive for the coronavirus.

That brings the total number of Indiana residents known to have had the coronavirus to 131,493 as the state’s seven-day rolling average of new cases of the respiratory disease continues growing at record levels.

Health officials are now urging people to double down on protective measures.

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Western Indiana’s Vigo County Health Department issued a warning Friday discouraging large gatherings, noting that the county’s current COVID-19 cases are mostly linked to a recent apple festival and other outdoor events with a large attendance.

In Elkhart County, where both of the area’s local hospitals are full, the local health department said on its Facebook page that “a major disturbing increase” in the number of coronavirus cases calls for renewed vigilance around mask-wearing and physical distancing.

The higher infection numbers come two weeks after Holcomb decided to lift most statewide precaution rules while keeping a face mask mandate in place.

Asked Friday during a luncheon in South Bend whether he’s still comfortable with the decision, Holcomb said “I am right now.”

“But I don’t make long-term predictions based on a virus that’s uber infectious and easy to spread. I’m pleading and begging and asking Hoosiers all over the state to do what works,” he continued. “We take it day by day and week by week. There are a lot of factors that go into what we do. It’s the balance of our lives and our livelihoods.”

The governor further encouraged Hoosiers to wear masks and practice physical distancing, emphasizing that those practices “will draw these numbers down.”

Still, Democratic state lawmakers are calling on the governor to do more.

“Indiana is now turning into a perfect example of what not to do to stop the spread of this deadly virus,” Senate Democratic Leader Tim Lanane said in statement Friday. “Governor, I plead with you to stop this foolish reopening, enforce your mask mandate and get aid to the folks who need it most right now. It’s time to stop playing politics with people’s lives.”

Indiana House Democratic Leader Phil GiaQuinta added that “this is not the time” to loosen COVID-19 restrictions. Doing so, he said, sends a false message to Hoosiers “that it is okay to let our guards down.”

“What we’re about to see is a perfect storm for the coronavirus to take over this state,” GiaQuinta said in statement Friday. “I don’t want to see that happen and I urge Gov. Holcomb to take the reins on this growing issue before it’s too late.”

Democratic governor candidate Woody Myers said he wants to see Holcomb return Indiana to an earlier stage of the state’s reopening plan.

There should also be new guidance issued for schools, more enforcement on mask-wearing and no-excuse absentee voting on Election Day, he said.

“I am now calling on the governor to take action to save Hoosier lives,” Myers said. “Gov. Holcomb’s current plan is clearly moving us in the wrong direction.”

The state health department also reported 19 new COVID-19 deaths Friday, bringing the Indiana’s death toll to 3,761, including both confirmed and presumed coronavirus infections.

The number of people in Indiana hospitals with COVID-19 also continues to rise.

New data indicates 1,187 people are currently hospitalized with COVID-19 — the most recorded since May 22. Of those, 357 are in intensive care, the highest count since Aug. 4.

While Friday’s numbers reflect new highs in positive cases and hospitalizations in Indiana, more people in the state are being tested for COVID-19 than earlier in the pandemic.

Indiana Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Cases: 306538

Reported Deaths: 5435
CountyCasesDeaths
Marion41953849
Lake26872453
Allen17621295
Elkhart16905219
St. Joseph16524223
Hamilton12696167
Vanderburgh9552115
Tippecanoe844927
Porter813785
Johnson6231165
Vigo597979
Hendricks5944156
Monroe530349
Clark504077
Madison4858121
Delaware4820103
LaPorte457194
Kosciusko455739
Howard334975
Warrick319572
Floyd311477
Bartholomew308462
Wayne301367
Cass295831
Marshall293744
Grant262949
Noble249846
Hancock246551
Boone240254
Henry240237
Dubois234631
Dearborn215730
Jackson212633
Morgan204443
Gibson181725
Knox181419
Shelby178254
Clinton177821
Lawrence174047
DeKalb172829
Adams166422
Wabash158020
Miami157814
Daviess154643
Fayette147733
Steuben143513
Jasper142111
Harrison141824
LaGrange140129
Montgomery139027
Whitley133412
Ripley128114
Decatur124643
Huntington123510
Putnam123027
Randolph120719
Wells120428
White120321
Clay119822
Posey119616
Jefferson116216
Scott103219
Greene101353
Jay96413
Starke90621
Sullivan88916
Fulton83518
Jennings83214
Spencer8198
Perry81521
Fountain7738
Washington7417
Franklin68626
Carroll67913
Orange66628
Vermillion5993
Owen5987
Parke5606
Newton55312
Tipton55226
Rush5317
Blackford51912
Pike50318
Pulaski37710
Martin3515
Benton3362
Brown3353
Crawford2881
Union2671
Switzerland2555
Warren2382
Ohio2307
Unassigned0266

Ohio Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Cases: 371840

Reported Deaths: 6100
CountyCasesDeaths
Franklin50231667
Cuyahoga36047741
Hamilton29931372
Montgomery20065228
Butler14769146
Lucas14317414
Summit13388316
Stark8792197
Warren819175
Mahoning7276299
Lake682666
Lorain643499
Clermont577248
Delaware556436
Licking549276
Fairfield538464
Trumbull5305147
Greene522364
Clark511464
Allen465485
Marion465251
Wood4491107
Medina447756
Miami425867
Pickaway399348
Columbiana347297
Portage344872
Tuscarawas328658
Wayne318793
Richland316638
Mercer289945
Hancock241337
Ross240759
Muskingum240210
Auglaize231031
Putnam224749
Erie224266
Darke223559
Ashtabula223253
Geauga203351
Scioto195915
Union19118
Shelby190615
Lawrence189438
Athens18864
Seneca180018
Belmont164929
Madison158918
Sandusky154229
Preble152621
Huron152318
Defiance139522
Holmes139139
Logan127816
Knox126318
Fulton124525
Washington121927
Crawford121516
Ottawa121130
Clinton106714
Williams10579
Ashland105222
Highland101317
Jefferson10124
Henry100023
Brown9925
Champaign9475
Jackson93112
Hardin91019
Fayette90317
Van Wert8976
Morrow8882
Guernsey83914
Coshocton82613
Perry78712
Adams78313
Pike7451
Gallia73513
Wyandot71216
Paulding64611
Hocking62616
Noble60223
Carroll45710
Meigs39012
Monroe31821
Morgan2575
Vinton2195
Harrison2023
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