Hospitalizations from COVID-19 reach highest mark since last year

Hospitalizations due to COVID-19 in Indiana have reached their highest level since late last year, according to the latest figures from the Indiana State Department of Health.

The department on Monday reported COVID hospitalizations rose from 2,931 on Saturday to 2,934 on Sunday. That’s the highest mark since Dec. 29, when hospitalizations reached 2,941.  The pandemic high was 3,460 on Nov. 20, 2020.

Hospitalizations from COVID have climbed 27% since Dec. 1 and 124% over the past month.

COVID patients now occupy 31.8% of Indiana’s intensive care unit beds.

The state said three more deaths from COVID were reported on Sunday, raising the total death toll to 17,471. The seven-day average of deaths from COVID was 20 per day.

The department also reported 3,005 new cases of COVID-19. The seven-day moving average of cases is at 4,534 per day.

More than 4,451 new student COVID-19 cases have been reported over the past week by state schools. Schools also reported 243 new teacher cases and 386 new staff cases.

More than 3.5 million Hoosiers had been fully vaccinated against COVID-19 as of Monday at 5 a.m. after a weekend increase of 13,004. More than 1 million Hoosiers have gotten vaccine boosters.

The department said 60.8% of Indiana residents 18 and older are fully vaccinated.

COVID-19 cases

*New COVID-19 cases: 3,005

Total cumulative cases: 1,162,284

COVID-19 deaths

New deaths: 3

Total cumulative deaths: 17,471

COVID-19 testing

New tested individuals: 5,793

Total cumulative tested individuals: 4,626,997

Cumulative positivity rate unique individuals: 25%

Cumulative positivity rate all tests: 8.8%

Seven-day positivity rate unique individuals: 26.5%**

Seven-day positivity rate all tests: 14.7%**

** 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: 150,032 (increase of 366)

Marion County new deaths: 0

Marion County cumulative deaths: 2,280

Marion County 7-day positivity rate unique individuals: 21.1%

Marion County 7-day positivity rate all tests: 11.8%

Hamilton County cumulative cases: 53,241

Hendricks County cumulative cases: 27,254

Johnson County cumulative cases: 28,618

Madison County cumulative cases: 22,035

Boone County cumulative cases: 10,201

Hancock County cumulative cases: 13,721

Morgan County cumulative cases: 10,845

Shelby County cumulative cases: 8,719

COVID-19 vaccinations

Statewide totals (Dec. 14, 2020–Dec. 13, 2021)

First dose administered: 3,548,714 (weekend increase of 10,822)

Fully vaccinated: 3,501,249 (weekend increase of 13,004)

Booster doses: 1,077,531 (weekend increase of 46,094)

Indiana intensive care unit usage

ICU beds in use by COVID-19 patients: 31.8%

Available ICU beds: 18.8%

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6 thoughts on “Hospitalizations from COVID-19 reach highest mark since last year

  1. Just get vaccinated and boosted. Whatever happened to the “personal responsibility” Reagan used to idolize?

    A year after the first vaccinations, it should be “Morning in America” and not “Nightmare on Elm Street 13”.

    1. Darwinism at it’s finest. I have family that’s 60+ years old taking the risks. Nothing I can do for them at this point.

  2. deaths practically nil. Three for the whole state and none in Marion county. Isn’t that the point to reduce deaths? Those that are opposed to the crowd that chooses to not be vaccinated are generally the ones with the Pro-Choice abortion crowd. My body My choice needs to prevail in each case whether you agree or not

    1. Anyone who has been paying attention to these reports will remember that the first report of the week always has very few deaths, if any. That’s a reflection of the reporting system, not the reality. The actual deaths from the weekend will catch up eventually. Note that this story also shows a seven-day average of 20 deaths. That means 140 in a week, which to my value system is not “practically nil.” As for the “my body my choice” bit, as has been repeated here again and again, it’s truly not that simple here. “Your choice” is filling up hospitals, spreading the disease further and making it all the more likely that more variants will develop that potentially will be even more dangerous. “Your choice” means we are all at risk for a longer pandemic, and that a car crash victim or heart attack sufferer won’t be able to get care because the hospital is too full of unvaccinated COVID patients, who are more at risk for severe cases of COVID than vaccinated people are. “Your choice” will drive up your medical bills, which we then will all pay for through the private or public insurance you carry. “Your choice” could lead to the death of a loved one, friend or coworker. “Your choice” really does affect other people, if that matters at all to you.

    2. beg to differ Steve. Your assumption is that only the unvaccinated are driving all the numbers. Clearly now we see that the quote ‘vaccine’ is not one at all as infection rates of those vaccinated mimic the unvaccinated, ala break through cases, viral shedding, and etc. Which proves it’s not really a vaccine at all. Could it suppress the symptoms somewhat perhaps, but these people still occasionally need hospitalization as well. Given the high level of misinformation from the current administration I choose to take any ‘data’ reporting with a grain of salt. Maybe you should too.

    3. Jeffrey, comments like yours are pretty easy to refute. Get better news.


      Week ending Nov 25: 6,657 fully vaccinated Hoosiers tested positive for #COVID19, with 118 hospitalizations and 39 newly reported deaths.

      Since Jul 1:
      78% of cases have been #unvaccinated
      93% of hospitalizations
      77% of deaths

      Since Jan 18 (1st full vaccinations):
      84% of cases have been unvaccinated
      95% of hospitalizations
      89% of deaths

      2.26% of fully vaccinated Hoosiers have gotten sick
      .05% have been hospitalized
      .02% have died

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