Indiana COVID-19 death toll surges past 14,000

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The state’s death toll from COVID-19 has climbed past 14,000 after the addition of 69 newly reported deaths by the Indiana State Department of Health.

Tuesday’s health department report contained the highest number of new deaths from COVID since Feb. 12, when 86 were reported. The deaths took place from Aug. 16 to Monday, but were all reported to the department on Monday. The seven-day moving average of new deaths rose from 10 per day to 17 per day, the health department said.

Meanwhile, hospitalizations due to COVID-19 continued to climb statewide, rising from 2,221 on Sunday to 2,300 on Monday, the largest number since Jan. 20, when 2,303 people were hospitalized with the virus. More than a quarter (28.2%) of Indiana’s intensive care unit beds are occupied by COVID patients.

The state reported 3,720 new COVID cases, raising the cumulative total to 858,566.

More than 3.1 million Hoosiers had been fully vaccinated against COVID-19 as of Tuesday at 5 a.m. About 21,600 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: 3,720

Total cumulative cases: 858,566

COVID-19 deaths

New deaths: 69

Total cumulative deaths: 14,049

COVID-19 testing

New tested individuals: 9,472

Total cumulative tested individuals: 3,920,087

Cumulative positivity rate unique individuals: 21.9%

Cumulative positivity rate all tests: 8.5%

Seven-day positivity rate unique individuals: 18.6%**

Seven-day positivity rate all tests: 11.1%**

** 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. 31)

First dose administered: 3,122,646 (daily increase of 6,909)

Fully vaccinated: 3,101,013 (daily increase of 6,290)

County numbers

Marion County cumulative cases: 117,681 (increase of 445)

Marion County new deaths: 14

Marion County cumulative deaths: 1,883

Marion County 7-day positivity rate unique individuals: 17%

Marion County 7-day positivity rate all tests: 11.4%

Hamilton County cumulative cases: 40,780

Hendricks County cumulative cases: 20,242

Johnson County cumulative cases: 21,559

Madison County cumulative cases: 15,685

Boone County cumulative cases: 7,800

Hancock County cumulative cases: 9,819

Morgan County cumulative cases: 7,961

Shelby County cumulative cases: 5,813

Indiana intensive care unit usage

ICU beds in use by COVID-19 patients: 28.2%

Available ICU beds: 22.3%

U.S. and worldwide numbers

As of Monday, from Johns Hopkins University:

U.S. cases: 39,076,637

U.S. deaths: 639,050

Global cases: 217,359,371

Global deaths: 4,514,209

*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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9 thoughts on “Indiana COVID-19 death toll surges past 14,000

    1. It took me a few seconds but I finally got it! Good one Joe B. Very funny and we can all use a little humor.

  1. If you want to really help people – worldwide – try to keep an open mind. Here’s the conclusion from a recent meta-analysis: “Moderate-certainty evidence finds that large reductions in COVID-19 deaths are possible using ivermectin. Using ivermectin early in the clinical course may reduce numbers progressing to severe disease. The apparent safety and low cost suggest that ivermectin is likely to have a significant impact on the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic globally.”
    For those who are currently researching this, Ivermectin’s greatest efficacy is likely as a prophylactic. Small studies have shown that, when taken before infection, it greatly reduces the likelihood of infection by Covid-19. Most studies disputing ivermectin’s effectiveness complain that it is not an effective treatment AFTER infection.
    Ivermectin has been WHO- and FDA-approved for decades for human use.
    Not sure why there would be any rational opposition to allowing Americans to voluntarily take it as a prophylactic, especially with breakthroughs.

    1. If you really want to help people, you don’t let the nonsense persist.

      You want to go study ivermectin? Knock yourself out. Just a reminder, though, studies take a long time. Actual clinical studies, not just “I saw something on Facebook”. So get back to me in a few months … preferably with better data than the entire Hydroxychloroquine nonsense.

      In the interim, we have an effective vaccine right now that is approved and has been taken by millions of people.

      We literally longed for a vaccine to get out of our lockdowns for months. The chance was blown because too many people believed in misinformation over a tested vaccine. Spare me the need to keep an open mind, because I am pretty sure that the vaccine skeptics have a much more closed mind than I do.

    2. And the solution for breakthrough cases is simple …it’s called a booster shot.

      We are literally throwing away doses as they expire because people won’t get vaccinated. Why we aren’t getting those into the arms of medical professionals who are long past 6-8 months post vaccination as boosters, I do not know. I don’t understand the risk/benefit discussion there.

    3. Patrick O. You are aware that one of the studies included in this meta-analysis (Elgazzar, 2020) was a pre-print (e.g. not peer reviewed or published in a peer-reviewed medical journal) and has since been retracted by the pre-print site? This meta-analysis will have to be re-run excluding the Elgazzar data before it’s findings can be used in any way.

  2. Joe B., that USA Today article is the type of misinformation that I referenced. That article is analyzing Ivermectin as a treatment – and finding that it is not effective. IMO, the real key is analyzing ivermectin as a prophylactic – where it IS effective. It’s the same reason condoms are most effective BEFORE you get pregnant.

    FWIW – you and I agree that people should be able to take a third dose as a booster – rather than throw them away. People are doing that anyway. There are multiple questions about the safety of that, but I will sympathize with people who want to take that risk.

    Jim M., I was not aware of that. Thanks for the info. I am not sure if it “will have to be re-run” to use the findings, but you may be right about that.

    1. No, it’s not misinformation. When you’ve got large scale Phase III double blinded studies run by medical professionals (not people with agendas) that show Ivermectin prevents COVID more than placebo with vaccinated or unvaccinated patients, get back to me.

      Until then, it’s a drug peddled by the same folks who told us hydroxychloroquine was a wonder treatment… and the same people who try to tell us the vaccine is way riskier than it is, while the number of COVID deaths is supposedly way smaller than it actually is. It’s really hard to tell me Fauci is a crank when the other side wheels out people who peddle all kinds of nonsense.

      We have a couple treatments once you get COVID that are somewhat effective. But even better than all the treatments is a vaccine which, oh by the way, is also a prophylactic for at least a few months.

      Look at the data out of Israel with boosters. Show me something comparable with ivermectin. Why would you fart around with ivermectin (either vaccinated or unvaccinated) compared with the vaccine plus a booster?