CHICAGO (CBS) — For the second day in a row, Indiana public health officials have announced a record number of new COVID-19 cases, with 1,945 confirmed cases reported on Saturday. The state also reported 21 new deaths.
The previous daily record for new cases was 1,832, set on Friday. The state’s seven-day average now stands at 1,344, which is also a record.
The recent surge in cases comes after Gov. Eric Holcomb ordered the state to fully open at Stage 5 on Sept. 26. The state still has a mask mandate and social distancing is still required at large events. Health experts also warned of an increase in cases in the weeks following the Labor Day holiday, similar to what happened on Memorial Day and July 4.
The Chicago Department of Public Health this week warned Indiana could be added to the city’s emergency travel order next week due to the recent surge in cases. The city’s travel order requires people to self-quarantine for 14 days after arriving from COVID-19 hotspots. CDPH places states on the quarantine list when they surpass 15 new cases per day per 100,000 population. Indiana is now at more than 18 cases, according to the CDC, and city officials said for states bordering Illinois, they are given one week’s warning before being added to the list. If Indiana doesn’t get its daily case average under 15 by next week, it will be added to Chicago’s travel quarantine order.
Statewide in Indiana, there are now 133,411 total COVID-19 cases since the start of the pandemic, and 3,555 confirmed coronavirus deaths, according to the Indiana State Department of Health.
Another 227 probable deaths have been reported in patients with no positive test on record.
So far 1,474,639 unique individuals have been tested in the state, up from 1,463,436 on Friday. A total of 2,306,562 tests, including tests for repeat individuals, have been reported to ISDH since Feb. 26.