Hospitalizations due to COVID-19 in Indiana have climbed to their highest mark in nearly three months, according to the latest figures from the Indiana State Department of Health.
The department on Tuesday reported COVID hospitalizations rose from 2,496 on Sunday to 2,642 on Monday. That’s the highest mark since Sept. 13, when hospitalizations reached a recent peak of 2,687. Hospitalizations have climbed 118.5% over the past month.
COVID patients now occupy 28.9% of Indiana’s intensive care unit beds.
The state also reported 93 more deaths from COVID, increasing the overall pandemic death toll to 17,230. The seven-day average of deaths from COVID rose to 23 per day.
The department reported 4,241 new cases of COVID-19. More than 500 cases were reported in Marion County.
More than 3.4 million Hoosiers had been fully vaccinated against COVID-19 as of Tuesday at 5 a.m. after a daily increase of 4,630. More than 955,000 Hoosiers have gotten vaccine boosters.
The department said 60.5% of Indiana residents 18 and older are fully vaccinated.
*New COVID-19 cases: 4,241
Total cumulative cases: 1,134,898
New deaths: 93
Total cumulative deaths: 17,230
New tested individuals: 6,826
Total cumulative tested individuals: 4,579,281
Cumulative positivity rate unique individuals: 24.7%
Cumulative positivity rate all tests: 8.7%
Seven-day positivity rate unique individuals: 25%**
Seven-day positivity rate all tests: 13.4%**
** 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: 147,391 (increase of 516)
Marion County new deaths: 14
Marion County cumulative deaths: 2,256
Marion County 7-day positivity rate unique individuals: 19.4%
Marion County 7-day positivity rate all tests: 11%
Hamilton County cumulative cases: 51,957
Hendricks County cumulative cases: 26,647
Johnson County cumulative cases: 28,050
Madison County cumulative cases: 21,380
Boone County cumulative cases: 10,008
Hancock County cumulative cases: 13,288
Morgan County cumulative cases: 10,571
Shelby County cumulative cases: 8,437
Statewide totals (Dec. 14, 2020–Dec. 8, 2021)
First dose administered: 3,521,668 (daily increase of 4,681)
Fully vaccinated: 3,471,891 (daily increase of 4,630)
Booster doses: 955,394 (daily increase of 18,795)
Indiana intensive care unit usage
ICU beds in use by COVID-19 patients: 28.9%
Available ICU beds: 23.3%