Hospitalizations from COVID-19 in Indiana climb near 3-month high

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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.

COVID-19 cases

*New COVID-19 cases: 4,241

Total cumulative cases: 1,134,898

COVID-19 deaths

New deaths: 93

Total cumulative deaths: 17,230

COVID-19 testing

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.

County numbers

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

COVID-19 vaccinations

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%

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10 thoughts on “Hospitalizations from COVID-19 in Indiana climb near 3-month high

  1. I really wish our department of health addressed the entire issue(s) in this state that are contributing to prolong the hospitalizations that are being attributed solely to Covid. It may very well help individuals not only better defend themselves against Covid, but may also help them obtain better overall health.

    As of 2020, Indiana has the fifth highest rate of obesity in the United States (36%+). If you look at “excess body weight” it is 66%. (State of Childhood Obesity)
    So far, in 2021 alone, Indiana has an estimated 13,460 deaths from various forms of Cancer. (Indiana Cancer Society)
    Indiana has the 16th highest rate of Type 2 or pre-diabetes in the US. (State of Childhood Obesity)

    To not acknowledge that this State has much larger health challenges that are contributing to the Covid issue, is akin to not acknowledging that obesity leads to higher rates of diabetes and cancer. You can get jabbed all you want, but a 24/7 compromised immune system isn’t going to protect you from much, including Covid. From the Johns Hopkins web site;

    “The data showed a rate of about 1 in 5,000 experienced a breakthrough infection between January 17 and August 21, 2021. More recently, some populations have shown breakthrough infection rates of approximately 1 in 100 fully vaccinated people.”

    1. Jacob – absolutely. I wonder what our society would look like if 2 years ago, we recognized the threat, and high taxed cigarette sales, offered “free” to discounted fruits/veggies/lean protein, etc., taxed high fat fast food, incentivized businesses to offer paid time off for employees to walk/exercise, etc. We continue to stick our hands into the fire, then except the burn treatment as a cure for being able to continue to stick our hands into the fire.

  2. Excellent Jacob.
    Good luck getting anyone controlling or being controlled by the panic to pay attention.

    And would it be possible for the state to release what % of hospital admits are vaccinated vs not vaccinated?

    1. I think everyone who cares knows by now that number is somewhere north of 95%. The rest ignore it.

      Unfortunately facts don’t matter when it’s more important to the anti-government/anti-science/anti-vax folks to “own the Libs” than it is to address public health issues.

    2. The same anti-vax folks would fight any state efforts to encourage people to get healthier.

      Taxes on cigarettes or sodas? Mandating increased exercise courses or healthy eating courses in schools? They’d lose their minds over it.

    3. Joe B., I am not anti-vax, however, I am guessing I fit your hypocritical definition, since I have not received the Covid vax; however, I would 100% support state efforts for people to get healthier. High tax on cigs, sodas, fast food, junk food, etc. Absolutely. Taxpayer funded access to gyms, walking time, etc., yep. Get out of your box, stop putting people into one by labeling them.

    4. TN,
      Good point if I am understanding you correctly regarding reactive vs proactive. I am not big on government punishing people to change behavior. Education seems more in line with how our society operates and tends to yield better results. There are a lot of leadership models and studies that prove leading by mandate is not only ineffective, but often yields the opposite of the intended consequence. Maybe we are seeing some of that now with vaccine “mandates”? I do think updating school curriculum, focused on personal health/well being, nutrition, exercise, et al is the best place to start. You do not need tax money to get out of your house and walk around the block, or to perform basic exercises at home. You do not need a subsidized big fancy kitchen to make basic wholesome meals or to understand your caloric intake, but you do need some general knowledge. Frankly, the underlying issues I spoke to above are in many cases not from a lack of education, it is from a lack of discipline and desire to live a healthy life. Perhaps our schools need updated curriculum for today’s families and their personal priorities/situations? Maybe all the tax money we have spent on this pandemic could have been used to educate regarding the value of vaccines AND the value of making some basic life changing health behavior modifications. I guess my point is vaccines are good, but they are not the ENTIRE solution. The virus is bad, but it is not the ENTIRE challenge.

    5. Jacob – I agree on the mandate / adverse reaction. When you tell someone they are forced to do something, a large portion of people will push back regardless of positive/negative. I also agree on the lack of need for forcing people into a healthy lifestyle, if done over time. However, if we truly wanted a “healthy” immediate response to this virus, we would have to push harder to overcome the lifelong apathy people have for true health. The issue there is, we coddle and care for those who make poor choices (which we should care for them), but we do so without driving the point home that their choices have lead to their situation. Telling people to not eat fatty fried foods, over indulge in sugars, alcohol, etc., gets a negative reaction where one can be accused of fat shaming or some type of prejudicial bias. Starting in primary school is the key.