Virus death toll passes 6,400

By The Associated Press

INDIANAPOLIS — Another 124 Indiana residents have died from COVID-19, pushing the state's pandemic death toll past 6,400, state health officials said Tuesday.

The newly recorded deaths occurred over several days, including 34 deaths on Monday, and raised Indiana's toll to 6,410, including both confirmed and presumed infections, the Indiana State Department of Health said.

The state agency also reported 5,457 new coronavirus infections, increasing number of Indiana residents known to have had the novel coronavirus to 392,663.

The department's daily statistics updat e also shows that 3,250 patients were hospitalized with COVID-19 on Monday at Indiana’s hospitals — an increase from the 3,214 hospitalized as of Sunday.

Indiana's COVID-19 hospitalizations reached a peak of 3,460 on Nov. 30, but have fallen slightly since that time, according to the agency’s coronavirus dashboard.

Health officials across the state remain worried about hospitals being overwhelmed by the recent influx of severely ill patients.

Indiana’s hospitals are currently treating more than quadruple the number of COVID-19 patients that were under care in late September, when the state’s recent steep increase in hospitalizations and deaths began.

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