Indiana COVID-19 cases hit lowest mark since September

The Indiana State Department of Health on Thursday reported 786 new cases of COVID-19, the lowest number since Sept. 29. The daily count has fallen below 1,000 for four days in a row after more than four months above that level.

The state also reported 29 new deaths due to the coronavirus. Reported deaths due to COVID-19 have exceeded single digits in 129 of the past 130 days.

The department said 3,640 new individuals were tested Wednesday, the lowest number since May 13.

Statewide hospitalizations due to COVID-19 ticked up from 955 on Tuesday to 966 on Wednesday. The high mark was 3,460, set on Nov. 30.

The state said more than 377,300 Hoosiers had been fully vaccinated against COVID-19 as of Thursday at 5 a.m. More than 851,300 had received the first dose of a vaccination.

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: 786

Total cumulative cases: 652,210

COVID-19 deaths

New deaths: 29

Total deaths: 11,854

COVID-19 testing

New tested individuals: 3,640

Total cumulative tested individuals: 3,065,342

Cumulative positivity rate unique individuals: 21.3%

Seven-day positivity rate unique individuals: 11.4%**

Cumulative positivity rate all tests: 10.2%

Seven-day positivity rate all tests: 4.5%**

** 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 – Feb. 18)

First dose administered: 851,321 (daily increase of 16,859)

Fully vaccinated: 377,331 (daily increase of 21,130)

County numbers

Marion County cumulative cases: 89,582 (increase of 91)

Marion County new deaths: 2

Marion County cumulative deaths: 1,613

Marion County 7-day positivity rate unique individuals: 9.6%

Marion County 7-day positivity rate all tests: 4.3%

Hamilton County cumulative cases: 31,511

Hendricks County cumulative cases: 15,631

Johnson County cumulative cases: 16,147

Madison County cumulative cases: 11,623

Boone County cumulative cases: 5,994

Hancock County cumulative cases: 7,342

Morgan County cumulative cases: 5,977

Shelby County cumulative cases: 4,553

Indiana intensive care unit usage

Available ICU beds: 38%

ICU beds in use by COVID-19 patients: 8.2%

Available ventilators: 79%

Ventilators in use for COVID-19: 3.2%

U.S. and worldwide numbers

As of Thursday, from Johns Hopkins University:

U.S. cases: 27,775,159

U.S. deaths: 488,921

Global cases: 109,729,579

Global deaths: 2,424,897

*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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