Indiana health officials on Friday reported 4,744 new coronavirus cases and 42 additional deaths.
The new cases brought statewide totals to 583,160 cases and 8,872 deaths since the pandemic began, according to the the Indiana State Department of Health. An additional 374 deaths have been reported as probable COVID-19 deaths based on clinical diagnoses in patients without a positive test on record, authorities said.
In the last 24 hours, 56,578 tests have been administered to 15,273 individuals, officials said.
Over the last week, the state has reported a positivity rate of 14.6% on all coronavirus tests, with a seven-day positivity rate of 25.4% among individual residents tested during that time. Both figures were down slightly from the day before.
After peaking in late November, hospitalizations have largely continued to decline in Indiana, with 2,432 patients currently hospitalized as a result of the virus, officials say.
Around 25.7% of the state’s ICU beds are available, with 25.5% of the state’s ICU beds currently in use by COVID-19 patients, according to the ISDH.
Earlier this week, state health officials said the new coronavirus strain was found in Indiana.
The strain was identified through testing at the Indiana Department of Health laboratory and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, officials said, noting that it does not cause more severe infections but is more easily spread.