COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations continue decline

By The Associated Press

INDIANAPOLIS — Indiana health officials reported fewer new coronavirus cases and related hospitalizations Tuesday as the state's downward trend that began late last year continued into 2021.

Indiana recorded 2,756 new cases of COVID-19, the second straight day health officials have reported fewer than 3,000 cases, the Indiana State Department of Health said Tuesday in its daily statistics update. That brings the number of Hoosiers known to have had the coronavirus to 595,436.

The state agency also reported that 2,332 Indiana residents were hospitalized with COVID-19 on Monday — the fewest since early November, after the state saw a steep increase beginning in September for coronavirus deaths, hospitalizations and new infections. Of those being treated, 525 were in intensive care, marking a nine-week low.

State health officials also added 126 more COVID-19 deaths, raising Indiana’s pandemic toll to 9,466, including both confirmed and presumed infections. Deaths are reported based on when data are received by the state and occurred over multiple days.

To date, 2,847,632 unique individuals have been tested in Indiana, up from 2,839,505 on Monday, the department said.

Adding a total of 25,474 new cases of the coronavirus cases in the week ending Sunday, Indiana reported 32% fewer cases of the virus that it did in the previous week, according to state health department data.

Across Indiana, cases fell in all 92 counties, with the greatest declines recorded in Marion, Allen and Tippecanoe counties.

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