COVID hospitalizations in Indiana down 23% from peak

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Statewide hospitalizations due to COVID-19 remained below 3,000 on Tuesday since sinking under that mark on Jan. 27, according to numbers posted by the Indiana State Department of Health on Wednesday.

COVID hospitalizations slipped to 2,705 on Tuesday from 2,792 on Monday. The last time they were above 3,000 was Jan. 26, when they stood at 3,013. Hospitalizations have fallen 23.1% since reaching a pandemic high of 3,519 on Jan. 13.

The health department said COVID patients occupy 28.1% of Indiana’s intensive care unit beds. The state has 13.2% of its ICU beds available overall.

The department reported 6,878 new COVID-19 cases on Wednesday, for a total of 1,636,011.

The state reported 113 additional deaths from COVID on Wednesday, for a total of 20,799. According to the state, COVID death have averaged 37 per day for the last seven days.

Every county in Indiana was colored red on the state’s advisory-level map Wednesday. Red is the highest level on the four-color map, which means every county is seeing at least 200 new cases week per 100,000 residents and a seven-day positivity rate for all tests of 15% or more.

The state said 100% of COVID test samples checked for their variant strain on Jan. 17 were the Omicron variant. That marked the first time since April 19 that no trace of the Delta variant was detected.

More than 3.64 million Hoosiers had been fully vaccinated against COVID-19 as of Wednesday at 5 a.m. More than 1.67 million Hoosiers have gotten vaccine boosters.

The department said 56% of Indiana residents 5 and older and 60.3% of residents 12 and older are fully vaccinated.

COVID-19 cases

New COVID-19 cases: 6,878

Total cumulative cases: 1,629,098

COVID-19 deaths

New deaths: 113

Total cumulative deaths: 20,799

COVID-19 testing

New tested individuals: 6,029

Total cumulative tested individuals: 5,035,196

Cumulative positivity rate unique individuals: 31.3%

Cumulative positivity rate all tests: 10.7%

Seven-day positivity rate unique individuals: 42.1%**

Seven-day positivity rate all tests: 27.3%**

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

County numbers

Marion County cumulative cases: 218,957 (increase of 526)

Marion County new deaths: 14

Marion County cumulative deaths: 2,678

Marion County 7-day positivity rate unique individuals: 34.1%

Marion County 7-day positivity rate all tests: 25.4%

Hamilton County cumulative cases: 78,976

Hendricks County cumulative cases: 39,532

Johnson County cumulative cases: 41,183

Madison County cumulative cases: 31,607

Boone County cumulative cases: 14,547

Hancock County cumulative cases: 20,119

Morgan County cumulative cases: 15,911

Shelby County cumulative cases: 13,096

COVID-19 vaccinations

Statewide totals (Dec. 14, 2020–Feb. 2, 2022)

First dose administered: 3,736,939 (daily increase of 1,772)

Fully vaccinated: 3,648,208 (daily increase of 2,112)

Booster doses: 1,670,790 (daily increase of 3,691)

Indiana intensive care unit usage

ICU beds in use by COVID-19 patients: 28.1%

Available ICU beds: 13.2%

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