Statewide, a total of 2,507 individuals tested positive for COVID-19 Tuesday, the highest number of new daily cases since late January, and a whopping 735% increase compared to one month earlier.
Indiana crossed an important threshold in its fight against COVID-19 Wednesday with exactly half the state's residents age 12 and up now considered fully vaccinated against the coronavirus.
Both deaths were in Lake County, according to updated statistics provided Monday by the Indiana State Department of Health.
Gov. Eric Holcomb signed an executive order Tuesday extending Indiana's public health emergency due to the COVID-19 pandemic until at least Dec. 31.
Statewide, the average daily number of deaths could rise to about 90 by early December, making coronavirus more deadly than three other leading causes of death combined, said associate professor Micah Pollak.
More than 900 additional coronavirus infections were reported across Northwest Indiana and one person each in Lake and Porter counties died of COVID-19.
Statewide, a total of 147,582 Hoosiers have been diagnosed with COVID-19 since the start of the pandemic.
The governor will sign an executive order moving the state to Stage 5 of Indiana's five-stage Back on Track reopening plan for at least a three-week period, beginning at 11:01 p.m. Friday in Northwest Indiana.
The state directive to wear a mouth and nose covering in public places where social distancing is not possible likely will be in place for months to come.