COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations continue to climb in Indiana

Hospitals in Indiana are continuing to see an increase in COVID-19 patients as statewide cases rise to their highest level since late January.

The Indiana State Department of Health on Thursday reported 3,713 new cases of COVID-19, the highest number since Jan. 21, when 3,733 new cases were reported. Marion County reported 445 new COVID-19 cases.

The department said statewide hospitalizations due to COVID rose from 1,616 on Tuesday to 1,654 on Wednesday, the largest number since Jan. 28, when 1,725 people were hospitalized with the virus. The number has more than tripled in the past month. More than 20% of Indiana’s intensive care unit beds are occupied by COVID patients.

The state reported 15 new deaths from COVID, raising the cumulative number to 13,783. The seven-day moving average of new deaths rose from nine to 10 per day, the health department said.

More than 11,762 individuals were tested for COVID-19 on Tuesday, the highest daily testing number since mid-January.

The latest vaccination numbers were not yet available early Thursday afternoon. More than 3 million Hoosiers had been fully vaccinated against COVID-19 as of Wednesday at 5 a.m. About 17,330 other Hoosiers had received the first dose of a two-dose vaccine but not the second dose.

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.

COVID-19 cases

*New COVID-19 cases: 3,713

Total cumulative cases: 813,046

COVID-19 deaths

New deaths: 15

Total cumulative deaths: 13,783

New tested individuals: 11,762

Total cumulative tested individuals: 3,785,916

Cumulative positivity rate unique individuals: 21.5%

Cumulative positivity rate all tests: 8.4%

Seven-day positivity rate unique individuals: 19.3%**

Seven-day positivity rate all tests: 10.5%**

** The health department reports the 7-day positivity rates with a six-day lag to allow time for more comprehensive results.

COVID-19 vaccinations

Statewide totals (Dec. 14–Aug. 18)

First dose administered: 3,043,551 (daily increase of 6,844)

Fully vaccinated: 3,026,218 (daily increase of 6,632)

County numbers

Marion County cumulative cases: 111,605 (increase of 445)

Marion County new deaths: 3

Marion County cumulative deaths: 1,840

Marion County 7-day positivity rate unique individuals: 16.7%

Marion County 7-day positivity rate all tests: 10.3%

Hamilton County cumulative cases: 39,109

Hendricks County cumulative cases: 19,202

Johnson County cumulative cases: 20,093

Madison County cumulative cases: 14,584

Boone County cumulative cases: 7,555

Hancock County cumulative cases: 9,295

Morgan County cumulative cases: 7,387

Shelby County cumulative cases: 5,407

Indiana intensive care unit usage

Available ICU beds: 24.8%

ICU beds in use by COVID-19 patients: 20.4%

U.S. and worldwide numbers

As of Thursday, from Johns Hopkins University:

U.S. cases: 37,171,724

U.S. deaths: 624,346

Global cases: 209,561,882

Global deaths: 4,397,871

*New cases, deaths and tests are previously unreported cases, deaths and tests submitted to the Indiana State Health Department in the 24 hours through 11:59 p.m. the previous day. The cases and testing categories typically contain numerous duplicates—as many as 20% or more—that are later eliminated from the cumulative totals.

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4 thoughts on “COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations continue to climb in Indiana

  1. The positivity rate makes no sense to me as a useful parameter. You have to sample the population, not people who are taking tests. Hospitalizations and deaths, for vaccinated and not, do make sense.