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Indiana COVID-19 cases have been rising since Christmas

Indiana’s moving average of daily new COVID-19 cases continued to increase in the weeks after Christmas, according to the state’s Monday dashboard update. 

On Dec. 27, the state was averaging 4,025 new COVID-19 cases everyday. On Monday — just over a week later — the dashboard updated to show an average of 4,785 new cases per day. That daily average had decreased for nearly all of December, with Dec. 27 having the lowest rate since early November, when the state was experiencing its largest case spike of the pandemic. 

The daily new case average has increased every day since Dec. 27. 

Monday’s update reported 3,630 new cases. That brings the total number of cases in Indiana during the pandemic to 529,688 cases. The state also reported 39 new deaths Monday, bringing the death total to 8,150. 

The state’s intensive care units continue to near capacity, with only 26% of ICU beds available. Of the beds in use, 30.4% are being used by COVID-19 patients. 

Monroe County reported 49 new COVID-19 cases Monday to bring its total to 8,218. There were zero deaths reported, keeping that total at 98. 

The state health department’s District 8, which includes Monroe County, has half of its ICU beds available. The dashboard reported 26% of ICU beds are in use for COVID-19 patients. More than three quarters of District 8’s ventilators are available.

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