COVID-19 hospitalizations have hit an all-time high, according to the latest numbers reported Tuesday by the Indiana State Department of Health.
The health department said COVID hospitalizations climbed to 3,467 on Monday, topping the previous pandemic peak of 3,460, reached on Nov. 30, 2020.
Hospitalizations related to COVID have risen 22% over the past month and 167% over the past two months.
COVID patients occupy 38.4% of Indiana’s intensive care unit beds. The state has 10.6% of its ICU beds available overall.
“Indiana hospitals are overwhelmed with the highest number of patients on record and have reached a state of crisis with dwindling capacity left to care for patients,” Indiana Hospital Association President Brian Tabor said in a statement. “Our emergency departments are seeing 8,500-10,000 visits per day, and at any given point there are several hundred patients boarding in emergency departments around the state awaiting open beds.”
Tabor said hospital patient volumes are expected to climb for the next couple of weeks. He also urged Hoosiers to seek COVID-19 tests at primary care sites including physician offices and urgent care centers and not at hospital emergency rooms.
The state health department also reported 110 new deaths from COVID, increasing the cumulative death toll to 19,194. The seven-day moving average of deaths was 32 per day.
Another 11,932 Hoosiers tested positive for COVID, the department said.
More than 3.58 million Hoosiers had been fully vaccinated against COVID-19 as of Tuesday at 5 a.m. More than 1.5 million Hoosiers have gotten vaccine boosters.
The department said 59.6% of Indiana residents 12 and older are fully vaccinated.
*New COVID-19 cases: 11,932
Total cumulative cases: 1,378,562
New deaths: 110
Total cumulative deaths: 19,194
New tested individuals: 9,921
Total cumulative tested individuals: 4,852,936
Cumulative positivity rate unique individuals: 27.8%
Cumulative positivity rate all tests: 9.6%
Seven-day positivity rate unique individuals: 38.8%**
Seven-day positivity rate all tests: 26.3%**
** The health department reports the 7-day positivity rates with a six-day lag to allow time for more comprehensive results.
Marion County cumulative cases: 188,205 (increase of 1,998)
Marion County new deaths: 12
Marion County cumulative deaths: 2,452
Marion County 7-day positivity rate unique individuals: 47.4%
Marion County 7-day positivity rate all tests: 34.2%
Hamilton County cumulative cases: 66,150
Hendricks County cumulative cases: 32,642
Johnson County cumulative cases: 34,464
Madison County cumulative cases: 26,437
Boone County cumulative cases: 12,366
Hancock County cumulative cases: 16,843
Morgan County cumulative cases: 12,931
Shelby County cumulative cases: 10,597
Statewide totals (Dec. 14, 2020–Jan. 11, 2022)
First dose administered: 3,676,226 (daily increase of 3,784)
Fully vaccinated: 3,587,376 (daily increase of 2,771)
Booster doses: 1,506,810 (daily increase of 9,568)
Indiana intensive care unit usage
ICU beds in use by COVID-19 patients: 38.4%
Available ICU beds: 10.1%