Hospitalizations rise as Indiana COVID-19 cases top 5,000 for 2nd straight day

The Indiana State Department of Health on Thursday reported more than 5,000 new COVID-19 cases for the second day in a row and another increase in hospitalizations from the virus.

The department reported 5,027 new cases of COVID-19, 10 fewer cases than in Wednesday’s report. Wednesday’s number was the highest daily number since Jan. 10, when 5,127 new cases were reported. Marion County reported 663 new cases.

Statewide hospitalizations due to COVID-19 rose from 2,048 on Tuesday to 2,108 on Wednesday, the largest number since Jan. 23, when 2,188 people were hospitalized with the virus. Almost a quarter (24.5%) of Indiana’s intensive care unit beds are occupied by COVID patients.

The state reported another 12 deaths from COVID-19, raising the cumulative death toll to 13,915. The seven-day moving average of new deaths remained at 14 per day, the health department said.

More than 3 million Hoosiers had been fully vaccinated against COVID-19 as of Thursday at 5 a.m. About 20,780 other Hoosiers had received the first dose of a two-dose vaccine but not the second dose.

The state released the latest statistics for so-called breakthrough cases, hospitalizations and deaths on Thursday, reflecting data through Aug. 19. The numbers showed that 12,783 Hoosiers who had been fully vaccinated against COVID-19 have since tested positive for the virus, while 322 required hospitalization and 93 died. The average age of a breakthrough death was 80 years old.

Following are the latest COVID-19 numbers from the Indiana State Department of Health. The department updates its data daily based on information received through 11:59 p.m. the previous day.

COVID-19 cases

*New COVID-19 cases: 5,027

Total cumulative cases: 838,869

COVID-19 deaths

New deaths: 12

Total cumulative deaths: 13,915

New tested individuals: 15,568

Total cumulative tested individuals: 3,864,626

Cumulative positivity rate unique individuals: 21.7%

Cumulative positivity rate all tests: 8.5%

Seven-day positivity rate unique individuals: 18.3%**

Seven-day positivity rate all tests: 10.8%**

** 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–Aug. 26)

First dose administered: 3,092,960 (daily increase of 7,306)

Fully vaccinated: 3,072,178 (daily increase of 6,499)

County numbers

Marion County cumulative cases: 114,976 (increase of 663)

Marion County new deaths: 1

Marion County cumulative deaths: 1,857

Marion County 7-day positivity rate unique individuals: 16.1%

Marion County 7-day positivity rate all tests: 10.8%

Hamilton County cumulative cases: 40,096

Hendricks County cumulative cases: 19,733

Johnson County cumulative cases: 20,990

Madison County cumulative cases: 15,210

Boone County cumulative cases: 7,672

Hancock County cumulative cases: 9,598

Morgan County cumulative cases: 7,700

Shelby County cumulative cases: 5,597

Indiana intensive care unit usage

ICU beds in use by COVID-19 patients: 24.5%

Available ICU beds: 23.9%

U.S. and worldwide numbers

As of Thursday, from Johns Hopkins University:

U.S. cases: 38,243,752

U.S. deaths: 632,447

Global cases: 214,165,978

Global deaths: 4,468,374

*New cases, deaths and tests are previously unreported cases, deaths and tests submitted to the Indiana State Health Department in the 24 hours through 11:59 p.m. the previous day. The cases and testing categories typically contain numerous duplicates—as many as 20% or more—that are later eliminated from the cumulative totals.

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4 thoughts on “Hospitalizations rise as Indiana COVID-19 cases top 5,000 for 2nd straight day

  1. The GOP claims to be Pro-life but they don’t act like it. Don’t want to wear masks, get vaccinated or social distance. Lax gun control. Don’t care about those living in poverty. White supremacy groups like the Proud Boys and Oath keepers storming the capital. No health care plan. They just support policies that improve the wealth of the rich.

    Meanwhile because of their former ruthless corrupt evil leader GOP governors are killing people with their COVID policies.

    1. I used to think they were pro-birth but they don’t even feel strongly about the health of pregnant women… so they can’t even make that case any longer.

      The evangelical Christians who vote blindly Republican because abortion is the only issue they care about should consider they might be in for a rude awakening when they reach the heavenly gates one day.

  2. Thanks for including the recent stats on the breakthrough cases. Those numbers are astounding (to me). I just checked 2 days ago. Positives went from 9922 to 12783. Hospitalizations rose by 50 in two days. And, 10 of our 30 deaths in the past 2 days are breakthroughs.

    That’s one of the tough realities when trying to find a vaccine for an airborne virus of this nature. Because the virus evolves so rapidly (due to its short life cycle), its capacity to evade the vaccine could be very great. And, it is sometimes difficult to guess what a virus will become when manufacturing vaccines (which is why some people still get really sick with the flu even though they took a flu vaccine–e.g., they got infected with a variant).

    1. What also appears to be happening is that they’re learning on the fly that boosters are required. The most elderly are the ones who got the first shots, so they’re …. 8 months out from that?

      Based on the experience from Israel … feels like the nursing homes and those over 70 need shots ASAP.