Indiana COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations rise again

The Indiana State Department of Health on Wednesday reported another jump in hospitalizations due to COVID-19 as statewide cases rose to their highest level in nearly seven months.

The state reported 3,558 new cases of COVID-19, the highest number since Jan. 22, when 3,560 new cases were reported. Marion County reported 343 new COVID-19 cases.

The department said statewide hospitalizations due to COVID rose from 1,517 on Monday to 1,616, the largest number since Feb. 1, when 1,624 people were hospitalized with the virus. The number was fewer than 500 a month ago. The state said 18.5% of Indiana’s intensive care unit beds are occupied by COVID patients.

The state reported 25 new deaths from COVID, raising the cumulative number to 13,768. The seven-day moving average of new deaths rose from eight to nine per day, the health department said.

More than 10,200 individuals were tested for COVID-19 on Tuesday, the highest daily testing number since late January.

More than 3 million Hoosiers had been fully vaccinated against COVID-19 as of Wednesday at 5 a.m. About 17,330 other Hoosiers had received the first dose of a two-dose vaccine but not the second dose.

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: 3,558

Total cumulative cases: 809,545

COVID-19 deaths

New deaths: 25

Total cumulative deaths: 13,768

New tested individuals: 10,241

Total cumulative tested individuals: 3,775,090

Cumulative positivity rate unique individuals: 21.4%

Cumulative positivity rate all tests: 8.4%

Seven-day positivity rate unique individuals: 19.4%**

Seven-day positivity rate all tests: 10.5%**

** 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–Aug. 18)

First dose administered: 3,043,551 (daily increase of 6,844)

Fully vaccinated: 3,026,218 (daily increase of 6,632)

County numbers

Marion County cumulative cases: 111,186 (increase of 365)

Marion County new deaths: 3

Marion County cumulative deaths: 1,837

Marion County 7-day positivity rate unique individuals: 16.9%

Marion County 7-day positivity rate all tests: 10.5%

Hamilton County cumulative cases: 38,942

Hendricks County cumulative cases: 19,103

Johnson County cumulative cases: 20,011

Madison County cumulative cases: 14,513

Boone County cumulative cases: 7,534

Hancock County cumulative cases: 9,269

Morgan County cumulative cases: 7,356

Shelby County cumulative cases: 5,383

Indiana intensive care unit usage

Available ICU beds: 26.8%

ICU beds in use by COVID-19 patients: 18.5%

U.S. and worldwide numbers

As of Wednesday, from Johns Hopkins University:

U.S. cases: 37,033,445

U.S. deaths: 623,418

Global cases: 208,833,116

Global deaths: 4,386,814

*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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