Breakthrough cases of COVID-19—when a fully vaccinated person tests positive for the virus—make up a small percentage of the overall number of COVID cases in Indiana, but they aren’t extremely rare.
The Indiana State Department of Health released the latest statistics for breakthrough cases, hospitalizations and deaths on Thursday, reflecting data through Oct. 21. The numbers, which are updated weekly, showed that 56,234 Hoosiers who had been fully vaccinated against COVID-19 have since tested positive for the virus, while 1,184 required hospitalization and 581 died. The average age of a breakthrough death was 78 years old.
That means that about 11.3% of the 498,949 COVID-19 cases reported in Indiana so far this year have been breakthrough cases. About 7.2% of the 8,101 COVID-19 deaths reported in Indiana since Jan. 1 have been breakthrough deaths, and only about 3.8% of the 31,282 COVID-related hospitalizations have involved breakthrough cases.
According to the health department, only 1.7% of fully vaccinated Hoosiers have contracted COVID, only 0.035% have required hospitalization and only 0.017% have died.
On Friday, the state health department reported 1,940 more cases of COVID-19, down from 2,062 the previous day, bringing the cumulative total to 1,018,638.
The department also reported 17 more COVID deaths, raising the cumulative total to 16,134. The seven-day moving average of new deaths stood at 16 per day, the department said.
Statewide hospitalizations due to COVID-19 dropped from 1,324 on Wednesday to 1,297 on Thursday, the lowest number since Aug. 10. Their most recent peak was 2,687 on Sept. 13. COVID patients occupy 16% of Indiana’s intensive care unit beds.
More than 3.36 million Hoosiers had been fully vaccinated against COVID-19 as of Friday at 5 a.m., after a daily increase of 3,483. More than 360,000 Hoosiers have already gotten vaccine boosters, after a daily increase of more than 22,000.
The health department said 59.4% of Indiana residents 18 and older are now fully vaccinated.
*New COVID-19 cases: 1,940
Total cumulative cases: 1,018,638
New deaths: 17
Total cumulative deaths: 16,134
New tested individuals: 6,453
Total cumulative tested individuals: 4,354,733
Cumulative positivity rate unique individuals: 23.4%
Cumulative positivity rate all tests: 8.5%
Seven-day positivity rate unique individuals: 15.1%**
Seven-day positivity rate all tests: 7.5%**
** The health department reports the 7-day positivity rates with a six-day lag to allow time for more comprehensive results.
Statewide totals (Dec. 14–Oct. 29)
First dose administered: 3,334,218 (daily increase of 5,029)
Fully vaccinated: 3,365,028 (daily increase of 3,483)
Booster doses: 360,488 (daily increase of 22,383)
Marion County cumulative cases: 136,578 (increase of 155)
Marion County new deaths: 0
Marion County cumulative deaths: 2,147
Marion County 7-day positivity rate unique individuals: 12.2%
Marion County 7-day positivity rate all tests: 6.5%
Hamilton County cumulative cases: 46,771
Hendricks County cumulative cases: 24,099
Johnson County cumulative cases: 25,335
Madison County cumulative cases: 18,973
Boone County cumulative cases: 9,015
Hancock County cumulative cases: 11,836
Morgan County cumulative cases: 9,550
Shelby County cumulative cases: 7,262
Indiana intensive care unit usage
ICU beds in use by COVID-19 patients: 16%
ICU beds in use by non-COVID-19 patients: 56.4%
Available ICU beds: 27.6%
U.S. and worldwide numbers
As of Friday, from Johns Hopkins University:
U.S. cases: 45,836,469
U.S. deaths: 743,565
Global cases: 245,746,227
Global deaths: 4,985,122