Global death toll from COVID-19 passes 5M; state sees 50 more deaths

The global death toll from COVID-19 topped 5 million on Monday, less than two years into the pandemic.

Together, the United States, the European Union, Britain and Brazil account for one-eighth of the world’s population but nearly half of all reported COVID-19 deaths. The U.S. alone has recorded over 745,000 lives lost, more than any other nation.

The death toll, as tallied by Johns Hopkins University, is about equal to the populations of Los Angeles and San Francisco combined. It rivals the number of people killed in battles among nations since 1950, according to estimates from the Peace Research Institute Oslo. Globally, COVID-19 is now the third leading cause of death, after heart disease and stroke.

The staggering figure is almost certainly an undercount because of limited testing and people dying at home without medical attention, especially in poor parts of the world.

The Indiana State Department of Health on Monday reported two more COVID-19 deaths in Indiana. Both deaths were reported on Sunday, but the state’s cumulative total of deaths rose by 50 over the weekend, to 16,184.

The department reported 1,054 more cases of COVID-19, bringing the cumulative total to 1,022,609.

Statewide hospitalizations due to COVID-19 ticked up from 1,284 on Saturday to 1,297 on Sunday. Saturday’s number was the lowest since Aug. 8. COVID patients occupy 16.4% of Indiana’s intensive care unit beds.

New state vaccination figures were not available as of early Monday afternoon. More than 3.36 million Hoosiers had been fully vaccinated against COVID-19 as of Friday at 5 a.m. More than 360,000 Hoosiers have already gotten vaccine boosters.

The health department said 59.4% of Indiana residents 18 and older are now fully vaccinated.

COVID-19 cases

*New COVID-19 cases: 1,054

Total cumulative cases: 1,022,609

COVID-19 deaths

New deaths: 2

Total cumulative deaths: 16,184

COVID-19 testing

New tested individuals: 3,577

Total cumulative tested individuals: 4,368,235

Cumulative positivity rate unique individuals: 23.4%

Cumulative positivity rate all tests: 8.5%

Seven-day positivity rate unique individuals: 14.9%**

Seven-day positivity rate all tests: 7.4%**

** 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–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)

County numbers

Marion County cumulative cases: 136,969 (increase of 101)

Marion County new deaths: 0

Marion County cumulative deaths: 2,151

Marion County 7-day positivity rate unique individuals: 11.1%

Marion County 7-day positivity rate all tests: 5.9%

Hamilton County cumulative cases: 46,922

Hendricks County cumulative cases: 24,192

Johnson County cumulative cases: 25,440

Madison County cumulative cases: 18,069

Boone County cumulative cases: 9,054

Hancock County cumulative cases: 11,877

Morgan County cumulative cases: 9,587

Shelby County cumulative cases: 7,281

Indiana intensive care unit usage

ICU beds in use by COVID-19 patients: 16.4%

ICU beds in use by non-COVID-19 patients: 56.4%

Available ICU beds: 27.2%

U.S. and worldwide numbers

As of Monday, from Johns Hopkins University:

U.S. cases: 45,972,717

U.S. deaths: 745,883

Global cases: 246,870,192

Global deaths: 5,002,671

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