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Indiana reports 6,000 new COVID-19 cases, eclipses 17,000 confirmed dead

Lauren Chapman
In the last seven days, Indiana has reported nearly 23,000 new cases

The Indiana Department of Health reported more than 6,000 new COVID-19 cases Wednesday. This is the first time cases have been this high since Jan. 5 and surpasses the peak from late summer.

COVID-19 cases had trended down for six straight weeks after the peak of the state’s late summer surge due to the more infectious delta strain.

But for the last few weeks, cases started to pick back up, growing by 90 percent from the end of October to the week of Thanksgiving.

That culminated in Wednesday's update: 6,160 new cases.

Hospitalizations have followed the climb in new COVID-19 cases. On Nov. 6, the state reported 1,209 COVID-19 hospitalizations. But as of Wednesday, the state’s census grew to more than 2,244 Hoosiers.

The state surpassed 1.1 million cases on Tuesday. It also eclipsed 17,000 confirmed dead on Wednesday.

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