Indiana COVID-19 hospitalizations fall below 3,000

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Statewide hospitalizations due to COVID-19 have fallen below 3,000 for the first time in more than a month, according to numbers posted by the Indiana State Department of Health on Friday.

COVID hospitalizations dropped from 3,013 on Wednesday to 2,892 on Thursday. The last time they were below 3,000 was Dec. 26. Hospitalizations have fallen 17.8% since reaching a pandemic high of 3,519 on Jan. 13.

The health department said COVID patients occupy 31.3% of Indiana’s intensive care unit beds. The state has 11.6% of its ICU beds available overall.

The department reported 17,084 new COVID-19 cases on Friday, but it said 4,705 of those cases were delayed in processing and otherwise would have been included in reports from earlier this week.

The state reported 108 additional deaths from COVID on Friday, the fourth report in a row with more than 100 deaths. A total of 475 new deaths have been reported since Tuesday, an average of nearly 119 deaths per day.

Every county in Indiana was colored red on the state’s advisory-level map Friday for the eighth report in a row. Red is the highest level on the four-color map, which means every county is seeing at least 200 new cases week per 100,000 residents and a seven-day positivity rate for all tests of 15% or more.

The state said 87.8% of COVID test samples checked for their variant strain in January have been the Omicron variant while 12% were the Delta variant.

The health department released the latest statistics for breakthrough cases, hospitalizations and deaths, reflecting cumulative data through Jan. 20. The numbers, which are updated weekly, showed that 288,826 Hoosiers who had been fully vaccinated against COVID-19 have since tested positive for the virus, while 2,856 required hospitalization and 1,589 died. The average age of a breakthrough death was 78 years old. The state said 0.079% of fully vaccinated individuals have been hospitalized with COVID and 0.044% have died from the virus.

More than 3.63 million Hoosiers had been fully vaccinated against COVID-19 as of Friday at 5 a.m. More than 1.65 million Hoosiers have gotten vaccine boosters.

The department said 60.2% of Indiana residents 12 and older and 62.2% of residents 18 and older are fully vaccinated.

COVID-19 cases

New COVID-19 cases: 17,084*

Total cumulative cases: 1,604,072

*Includes 4,705 cases that were delayed in processing and otherwise would have been included earlier this week.

COVID-19 deaths

New deaths: 108

Total cumulative deaths: 20,508

COVID-19 testing

New tested individuals: 13,442

Total cumulative tested individuals: 5,012,816

Cumulative positivity rate unique individuals: 30.9%

Cumulative positivity rate all tests: 10.6%

Seven-day positivity rate unique individuals: 46%**

Seven-day positivity rate all tests: 30.3%**

** The health department reports the 7-day positivity rates with a six-day lag to allow time for more comprehensive results.

County numbers

Marion County cumulative cases: 215,943 (increase of 1,698)

Marion County new deaths: 17

Marion County cumulative deaths: 2,637

Marion County 7-day positivity rate unique individuals: 41.3%

Marion County 7-day positivity rate all tests: 30.6%

Hamilton County cumulative cases: 77,489

Hendricks County cumulative cases: 38,842

Johnson County cumulative cases: 40,563

Madison County cumulative cases: 31,099

Boone County cumulative cases: 14,286

Hancock County cumulative cases: 19,753

Morgan County cumulative cases: 15,533

Shelby County cumulative cases: 12,723

COVID-19 vaccinations

Statewide totals (Dec. 14, 2020–Jan. 28, 2022)

First dose administered: 3,729,697 (daily increase of 2,046)

Fully vaccinated: 3,637,424 (daily increase of 2,991)

Booster doses: 1,657,284 (daily increase of 4,688)

Indiana intensive care unit usage

ICU beds in use by COVID-19 patients: 31.3%

Available ICU beds: 11.6%

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4 thoughts on “Indiana COVID-19 hospitalizations fall below 3,000

  1. Death All Causes – Indiana, 2019
    Source: STATS Indiana, using data from the Indiana State Department of Health
    Produced on 1/31/2022 2:11:09 PM.

    66,005 divided by 365 = 181 deaths per day on the average in Indiana during 2019. Hard to believe Covid is the cause of 100 deaths per day now. What should be reported is the number of cases where Covid was the only factor and a separate entry for number of cases where Covid was a contributing factor. Way too much sensationalist journalism.

    1. You can call politicians and scientists liars. How about the words of an insurance company who’s having to shell out not just for death claims, but also the disability claims?

      “ Davison said the increase in deaths represents “huge, huge numbers,” and that’s it’s not elderly people who are dying, but “primarily working-age people 18 to 64” who are the employees of companies that have group life insurance plans through OneAmerica.

      “And what we saw just in third quarter, we’re seeing it continue into fourth quarter, is that death rates are up 40% over what they were pre-pandemic,” he said.

      “Just to give you an idea of how bad that is, a three-sigma or a one-in-200-year catastrophe would be 10% increase over pre-pandemic,” he said. “So 40% is just unheard of.”

      Davison was one of several business leaders who spoke during the virtual news conference on Dec. 30 that was organized by the Indiana Chamber of Commerce.

      Most of the claims for deaths being filed are not classified as COVID-19 deaths, Davison said.”

    2. Sorry, forgot this part.

      “What the data is showing to us is that the deaths that are being reported as COVID deaths greatly understate the actual death losses among working-age people from the pandemic. It may not all be COVID on their death certificate, but deaths are up just huge, huge numbers.”