The Indiana State Department of Health reported 5,429 new cases of COVID-19, the 40th time new cases had topped 5,000 in the daily report in the past 52 days.
As of Saturday, the results of more than 5.76 million COVID-19 tests for more than 2.66 million individuals have been reported to the ISDH, with a cumulative positivity rate among unique individuals at 19.7 percent.
COVID-19 Vaccine Arrives In Indiana
The COVID-19 vaccine is being administered in Indiana. The first doses of the vaccine are being offered to frontline health care workers across the state and long-term care facility residents and staff. According to the state officials, more than 50 Indiana hospitals and clinics are expected to receive a total of 55,575 doses of vaccine by the end of the first week, with additional shipments expected weekly.
Statewide Restrictions Return
As the states, COVID-19 cases Gov. Eric Holcomb has reinstated some coronavirus restrictions. On Dec. 9, Holcomb announced Indiana hospitals must postpone or reschedule non-emergency surgeries until at least Jan. 3.
An executive order that began Nov. 14 reinstated limits on social gathering sizes in counties at the higher-risk coronavirus spread levels. Crowd sizes are limited to 25 people in the highest-risk red counties and 50 people in the next-riskiest orange counties, with larger events needing approval from local health officials.
The order also limits K-12 indoor sports and extracurricular events to 25 percent capacity in orange counties and only parents or guardians as spectators in red counties. Religious services, however, will face no crowd restrictions.
The mask mandate is still in place; Hoosiers are advised to wear masks in public. Face coverings are required in most places for anyone 8-years old or older:
- Public indoor spaces and commercial entities
- While using public transportation or other vehicles services such as a taxi or rideshare
- Outdoor public spaces when it’s not possible to socially distance from people not in the same household
Exceptions include medical conditions, during exercise, or when eating and drinking.
The state is now in Stage 5 of reopening. That includes dropping most other limits on businesses and crowd sizes.
Following are the latest COVID-19 numbers from the Indiana State Department of Health. The department updates its data daily based on information received through 11:59 p.m. the previous day.