Indiana COVID-19 cases hit highest mark since Jan. 9, hospitalizations rise again

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The Indiana State Department of Health on Thursday reported 5,222 new cases of COVID-19, the highest number of cases in the daily report since Jan. 9, when 6,045 new cases were reported.

Statewide hospitalizations due to COVID-19 jumped from 2,294 on Tuesday to 2,366 on Wednesday, the highest number since Jan. 15, when 2,404 people were hospitalized with the virus. The number has risen from 902 a month ago. More than a quarter (28%) of Indiana’s intensive care unit beds are occupied by COVID patients.

The department reported another 23 more deaths from the virus, raising the cumulative total to 14,101. The seven-day moving average of new deaths remained at 18 per day, the health department said.

More than 3.1 million Hoosiers had been fully vaccinated against COVID-19 as of Thursday at 5 a.m.

The state released the latest statistics for so-called breakthrough cases, hospitalizations and deaths on Thursday, reflecting data through Aug. 26. The numbers, which are updated weekly, showed that 18,042 Hoosiers who had been fully vaccinated against COVID-19 have since tested positive for the virus, while 397 required hospitalization and 115 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: 5,222

Total cumulative cases: 868,451

COVID-19 deaths

New deaths: 23

Total cumulative deaths: 14,101

COVID-19 testing

New tested individuals: 14,857

Total cumulative tested individuals: 3,946,603

Cumulative positivity rate unique individuals: 22%

Cumulative positivity rate all tests: 8.5%

Seven-day positivity rate unique individuals: 18.8%**

Seven-day positivity rate all tests: 11.3%**

** 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–Sept. 2)

First dose administered: 3,134,617 (daily increase of 5,620)

Fully vaccinated: 3,113,100 (daily increase of 5,395)

County numbers

Marion County cumulative cases: 118,793 (increase of 596)

Marion County new deaths: 6

Marion County cumulative deaths: 1,891

Marion County 7-day positivity rate unique individuals: 17.4%

Marion County 7-day positivity rate all tests: 11.5%

Hamilton County cumulative cases: 41,117

Hendricks County cumulative cases: 20,438

Johnson County cumulative cases: 21,854

Madison County cumulative cases: 15,893

Boone County cumulative cases: 7,866

Hancock County cumulative cases: 9,936

Morgan County cumulative cases: 8,062

Shelby County cumulative cases: 5,908

Indiana intensive care unit usage

ICU beds in use by COVID-19 patients: 28%

Available ICU beds: 19.7%

U.S. and worldwide numbers

As of Thursday, from Johns Hopkins University:

U.S. cases: 39,417,142

U.S. deaths: 642,255

Global cases: 218,666,689

Global deaths: 4,546,775

*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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7 thoughts on “Indiana COVID-19 cases hit highest mark since Jan. 9, hospitalizations rise again

    1. First of all, please cite your source. Second, what is the point you are trying to make? Vaccine proponents don’t claim that they prevent all disease or all death, just that they greatly reduce both. Let’s just assume your numbers are accurate and analyze them.
      –115 deaths among 3,113,100 vaccinated people means percent of vaccinated who have died of COVID is 0.0037% or 1 for every 27,000 vaccinated
      –14,101 deaths among 6,732,000 total Hoosiers means percent of Hoosiers who have died of COVID is 0.2% or 1 for every 500 Hoosiers
      So, from the start of the pandemic, 1 in every 500 Hoosiers has died of COVID. But from the time vaccinations have been available, 1 of every 27,000 people who have gotten the vaccine has died from COVID. From your own numbers, it sure looks like vaccinations are really making a difference in preventing COVID deaths, even though there are breakthrough infections. So, the point you are making is what?

    2. Steve, I think he’s just trying to prove he doesn’t listen to scientists, that’s he’s found his own truth. That his truth is fundamentally untrue is of no consequence.

  1. From the story: “More than 3.1 million Hoosiers had been fully vaccinated against COVID-19 as of Thursday at 5 a.m. About 21,500 other Hoosiers had received the first dose of a two-dose vaccine but not the second dose.”

    This 21,500 number is not nearly correct. The state’s vaccine dashboard clearly shows that 3,134,617 have received the first of a two-dose vaccine and 2,873,616 have received the second of a two-dose vaccine. Therefore, 251,001 have received the first of a two-dose vaccine, but not the second dose.

    1. You’re right, Paul. Thanks for pointing it out. This was incorrectly calculated by subtracting the fully-vaccinated number from the first-dose number, but that calculation doesn’t account for the roughly 240,000 people who received the single-dose shot. We will fix this.